PRICELESS PICTURE BOOKS!! (Mary’s top 50)

I love it when I get a blog request! Thanks Britnie for the suggestion!

This list isn’t meant to be in any ranking order. It’s just a list of books hat my kids and I have loved reading. And as an added bonus, I only put picture books on here that you can check out at the Lehi Library.

  1. Anything by Mo Willems! (That would be a list on it’s own, so I’m just going to lump them all together. They are all great!)
  2. We are Growing! by Laurie Keller (This is part of a series called “Elephant and Piggie like reading!” Basically Mo Willems slaps his characters on someone else’s books and they sell like hot cakes.we are growing They are cute books though, so it’s cool.)
  3. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  4. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt  (Quinn asked me to read these books to him so many times, we bought them for him for Christmas and he was SO HAPPY! He doesn’t get into books like Lily and I do, so this was a big deal.)
  5. Red: A Crayons Story by Michael Hall
  6. Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin (There are quite a few books that are the continuing story of said worm, but they are by Lori Haskins Houran and they are in the children’s section.)
  7. Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronindiary
  8. The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak (Be prepared to read this at least 20 times in a row.)
  9. Normal Norman by Tara Lazar (A beehive nominee this year)
  10. Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen (also a Beehive Nominee this year)
  11. There’s a Giraffe in My Soup (another Beehive Nominee)
  12. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
  13. Duck, Duck, Moose by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. (Make sure you get the author right on this one. There is another book with the same title that is just not nearly as good.)
  14. Press Here by Herve Tullettap the magic
  15. Let’s Play by Herve Tullet
  16. Mix It Up by Herve Tullet
  17. Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
  18. There’s a Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone (Books 14-18 are interactive books. This means that the book talks to your child and asks them to do things to help move the story along. They’re pretty fun.)mustache
  19. Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos
  20. Mustache Baby Meets His Match by Bridget Heos
  21. Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas
  22. Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah H Harrison (The pictures in this book just bernice getsmake me want to squeal like a little girl. They are just SO adorable!)
  23. Fancy Nancy by Jane O’ Conner (There are about a billion books about Fancy Nancy in the Children’s section as well. And now they are writing intermediate aged novels about her too. What I mean to say is, if you invite Nancy into your home, she may never leave.)
  24. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (of course)
  25. Mary Had a Little Lamp by Jack Lechnermary had a little lamp
  26. Thank you, Octopus by Daren Farrell (This book is also funny the first five times you read all the words backwards. It’s not funny after 5 though. Trust me.)
  27. Because Your Mommy Loves You by Andrew Clements (This is one of those books that I loved to read to my kids. It wasn’t necessarily their favorite book though. It’s a book to remind your kids that they aren’t helpless- and that when we ask them to do things on their own, it is because we love them.)
  28. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubinchowder
  29. Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis (there are a few in this series also)
  30. Picture Day Perfection by Deborah Deisen
  31. The Tooth Fairy Wars by Kate Coombs
  32. Chowder by Peter Brown
  33. The Fabulous Bouncing Chowder by Peter Brown
  34. Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
  35. You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown
  36. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by John Scieszka
  37. The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid fairy tales by John Scieszkamoopy
  38. Moopy the Underground Monster by Cari Meister (these are kind of goofy, but my kids laughed SO hard, I couldn’t help but keep checking them out.)
  39. Ora the Sea Monster by Cari Meister
  40. Snorp the City Monster by Cari Meister
  41. They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzelthey all saw
  42. I Dare you Not to Yawn by Helene Boudreau (Caution: Do not read this before you are absolutely ready to be tired! It WILL make you yawn.)
  43. Spork by Kyo Maclear
  44. Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthallittle oink
  45. Duck! Rabit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  46. Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  47. Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  48. Guess again! by Mac Barnett
  49. Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott
  50. Monster Need a Costume by Paul Czajak

There you go! I may need to do another list in a month or two when I have remembered more! I have a greater love for picture books than I did before I married an illustrator. I probably bring as many picture books home for Aaron as I do for my kids. I just have to show him the adorable illustrations.  Maybe someday we’ll be cool and make an awesome picture book and become independently wealthy. We’re planning on that right after we add an extra bedroom onto the house, repaint the walls, and hang our family photo up. So, you can expect to see our book out in- oh- lets say- fifty years?

Enjoy! I’m sure Britnie would love even MORE suggestions- so PLEASE add to the list in the comments!

 

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