December 7th, 2011


Booklist: Favorite Picture Books

Here's a simple list of my favorite picture books, starting with my all-time favorite!

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
Quick as a Cricket by Don and Audrey Wood
The Tooth Fairy by Don and Audrey Wood
People by Peter Spier (non-fiction, and perfection!)

My favorite classic picture books:
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling (the short story was originally published in The Jungle Book; I had a favorite edition of just this story that was fully illustrated and adorable, based on the Chuck Jones adaptation)

Want something a little more recent?
Olivia by Ian Falconer
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
Clara and Asha by Eric Rohmann
Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill
Fox Makes Friends by Adam Relf

* When I first created this list in 2006, I also posted it at Amazon.

Additional favorites of mine, plus some that are classroom/library staples:
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
(and many other wonderful books by Beatrix Potter)
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
(and the subsequent Alexander books)
Corduroy by Don Freeman (and the subsequent Corduroy stories)
The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond (and the subsequent Paddington stories)
Caps for Sale by Esphry Slobodkina
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Star Split by Kathryn Lasky

STAR SPLIT by Kathryn Lasky was an interesting mix of science and story. Set over one thousand years in the future, this book finds the world's people not too far removed from our own 21st century folks - there are no aliens, no robots, no Jetsons-esque contraptions - except for the long strides made with human cloning, chromosome research and other genetic enhancements.

Those with bonus DNA and cultivated strengths are "Genhaunts," and in an elevated position with regards to the "Originals." One young girl discovers there is more to her family's personal history and to the process and progress of society. A good book for young readers interested in science or those wondering how the cloning of humans could happen, and how it would change our society.

Related Booklist: Contemporary Sci-Fi for Kids and Teens