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Top 100 Picture Books #13: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

#13 Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (1982) 79 points This is such a great lesson book without being preachy. I remember my 20 year old son coming home and telling me all about this book after his teacher read it in class. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that I knew all about […]

Top 100 Picture Books #14: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

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#14 Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (1947) 78 points What I REALLY love about this book is that it is possibly the most fun book to read aloud to a kid (or many kids) ever. I can’t separate my feelings for the book itself from the experience of reading it interactively. What kid doesn’t […]

Top 100 Picture Books #15: Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

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#15 Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel (1970) 74 points I put a lot of thought into which Frog and Toad book to put on here. They are all brilliant, but I find Frog and Toad Together a bit trippy with Toad’s crazy dream sequence and the seriously snake in “Dragons and Giants.” […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #16: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

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#16 Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (1955) 73 points It’s like the best kind of dream! It’s surreal and meta and mindbending! And also funny! I found it haunting when I was a kid, reality being created as you go; now that surrealism is one of my favorite things about it. I […]

Top 100 Picture Books #17: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson

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#17 The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson (1936) 73 points I remember liking this as a child, but I love it even more as a parent, when my children love to listen to it. It’s a gentle story, and can sometimes be calming at bedtime, but they also love to […]

Top 100 Picture Books #18: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

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#18 A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead (2010) 71 points Too soon to appear? I think not. Amos and his friends feel as if they have been with us forever, as they will be. Also because the penguin’s red socks are just so irresistible. – DaNae Leu […]

Top 100 Picture Books #19: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

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#19 The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (1902) 69 points Potter never wrote down to children. The size is perfect for little ones to hold and pour over the detailed illustrations. – Natalie Forever classic. – Rose Marie Moore Introducing the oldest book to appear on the Top 100 picture book list.  I’m […]

Top 100 Picture Books #20: Pete the Cat – I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean

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#20 Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean (2010) 68 points Once the song is downloaded and played, it will never leave your head! Catchy in a good way. Also, it teaches an important lesson to “not sweat the small stuff.” Great for kids and adults alike. […]

Top 100 Picture Books #21: Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

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#21 Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag (1928) 66 points The phrase “hundreds and thousands and millions and billions and trillions of cats” still rings in my head from hundred and thousands (but not quite billions and trillions) of readings. – Ellen L. Ramsay More nostalgia. This one, I remember reading to myself when I […]

Top 100 Picture Books #22: Corduroy by Donald Freeman

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#22 Corduroy by Donald Freeman (1976) 64 points A classic that never grows old. – Jennifer Wharton The kids want a puppy this summer. Selected name is Corduroy. Enough said. – Angela Gillette I have a theory regarding this bear.  Why do we all find him so cute?  One word: Overalls.  Overalls are adorable, and […]

Top 100 Picture Books #23: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert

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#23 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert (1989) 61 points If you watch the video, you’ll never get the tune out of your head when you read the book aloud. I’m still not sure if that is a good or bad thing. – Pam Coughlan Because […]

Top 100 Picture Books #24: Tuesday by David Wiesner

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#24 Tuesday by David Wiesner (1991) 61 points This nearly wordless book has a pretty outrageous story of flying frogs. I like to say that you’d have to see it to believe it. The pictures are fun and funny. – Gina Detate The first wordless picture book I ever discovered and fell in love with. […]

Top 100 Picture Books #25: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

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#25 Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (2004) 59 points Now here is an interesting change!  The last time this particular Henkes title made the list I remember writing something along the lines of “The man has consistently produced good book after good book, but the problem is that people don’t always agree on […]

Top 100 Picture Books #26: We Are in a Book by Mo Willems

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#26 We Are in a Book by Mo Willems (2010) 59 points Great to read aloud. This book has a lot of emotions- humor, sadness (especially when we near the end), etc. Brings the characters to life- and teaches about the “metaphysical” on a grade school level. – Gina Detate After getting to know and […]

Top 100 Picture Books #27: Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban

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#27 Bread and James for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1964) 57 points My mom and I laughed so hard when we read this to my little sister. One of my favorite childhood memories. – Martha Sherod I loved all the Frances books and can only choose this as favorite by a […]