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Top 100 Picture Books #28: Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman

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#28 Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman (1961) 56 points My just-turned 6-year old read this to me in it’s entirety last week! First book ever she read all the way through. What a terrific book! – Angela Gillette This one is a masterpiece of humor, wordplay, and just plain words. But mostly it’s a […]

Top 100 Picture Books #29: Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall

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#29 Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall (1977) 56 points Oh, that clever Miss Nelson. She certainly fooled me, and I read this book countless times in childhood trying to figure out just how she pulled it off. Miss Viola Swamp is the best alter ego ever. – Katie Ahearn […]

Top 100 Picture Books #30: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

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#30 Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (1987) 55 points When I read this book, I can feel and hear the snow crunching under my feet. I can actually hear the silence. – Susan Lang It seems appropriate that just as the weather warms up for summer we take one last plunge into winter at its […]

Top 100 Picture Books #31: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

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#31 Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (1948) 54 points It’s hard to pick a favorite McCloskey, but I think of this one every time I pick blueberries. – Jessalyn Gale Honestly, I think my favorite part as a kid was just staring at the endpapers with the scene of Sal and her mom in […]

Top 100 Picture Books #32: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

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#32 The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (1942) 53 points I love this story and sometimes can’t get through it without crying. – Laurie Zaepfel I just loved this story when I was younger. I still do. You learn about the seasons, pollution, the difference between rural and urban. And the artwork – love […]

Top 100 Picture Books #33: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

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#33 The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (1971) 53 points A timeless classic. I haven’t seen the movie, and I don’t plan to; it’s one of those cases in which the book is perfect just as it is. – Melissa Fox because “UNLESS someone like you / cares a whole awful lot, / nothing is going […]

Top 100 Picture Books #34: Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola

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#34 Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola (1975) 51 points I must have a thing for bowls that duplicate stuff. Strega Nona in many ways mirrors the 4th title on this list, The Full Belly Bowl. But unlike Aylesworth’s book, Strega Nona focuses on humor to get its point across. dePaola’s 1979 classic takes an […]

Top 100 Picture Books #35: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith

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#35 The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith (1989) 51 points I remember when this book was the hit of the third grade. Everyone passed it around and read it and we all were cracking up. Fractured fairy tales in the hands of the skilled Jon Scieszka […]

Top 100 Picture Books #36: The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

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#36 The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (1957) 50 points Adore the story and it brought reading to an access level for beginning readers. – Mary Friedrichs The poor cat didn’t make it onto the list last time because I wasn’t including easy readers.  Now he bursts onto the scene, hat askew, intentions […]

Top 100 Picture Books #37: The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

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#37 The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (2009) 47 points I love David Wiesner, but as funny as his wordless books are, none of them match this one for the combined power of the storytelling and sheer beauty of the drawings. One of the most deserving Caldecott winners ever. – Mark Flowers I […]

Top 100 Picture Books #38: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle

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#38 Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle (1967) 46 points The lilting rhythm of this book is so soothing and familiar, and Eric Carle’s art is classic. Love the colors, love the animals, love the familiarity. – Amy Johnson It is a preschool icon. – […]

Top 100 Picture Books #39: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

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#39 Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin (2000) 43 points Si, se puede!  Yes they can!  When Labor Day rolls around and I need to make a labor-related book display (oh yeah, that’s how I roll) what do I like to pull out?  Nothing short of the old […]

Top 100 Picture Books #40: Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

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#40 Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (1994) 41 points This book provides so many moments of glee: the gorilla unlocking the various cages, the animals following the zookeeper into his house, the darkness being filled with a chorus of “good nights”…this is one of those books that appeals to 6-month-olds and three-year-olds alike (and […]

Top 100 Picture Books #41: Curious George by H.A. Rey

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#41 Curious George by H.A. Rey (1941) 40 points Originally published in 1941, It’s a testament to the enduring appeal of Curious George that this title, and its multitude of subsequent books are still widely circulated, and familiar to young readers. I can see why. Kids can relate to George’s innocently mischievous behavior and his […]

Top 100 Picture Books #42: Freight Train by Donald Crews

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#42 Freight Train by Donald Crews (1978) 40 points Trains, colors, simplicity. What a mix! – Angela Reynolds Perfect blend of art and language, from the first line to going, going, gone. – Pat Vasilik Ah.  At last we reach another book I like to read to my daughter.  Tell me, does anyone else do […]