This is a popular post from the archives that has been brushed up to share some of our favorite picture books! These are some tried and true titles that have passed an important test: we’ve read them hundreds of times to our kids and don’t hate them yet (miraculous, no!?). The stories and illustrations of these books are enchanting and they have become classics in our household. Enjoy our list and may your bookshelves always overflow!
Update: In the original post I shared The Giving Tree as making the list. But over the past two years I’ve realized that I don’t actually like The Giving Tree and dread reading it aloud. Am I the only parent who has experienced this? Anybody else beginning to loathe reading that one?
1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
3. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina
4. Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges (Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman)
5. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
6. Wee Gillis By Munro Leaf (Illustrated by Robert Lawson)
7. Moon Plane by Peter McCarty
8. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
9. Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall (Illustrated by Barbara Cooney)
10. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett
11. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Steed (Illustrated by Erin E. Steed)
12. Corduroy by Don Freeman
13. Giant Treasury of Peter Rabbit: Tales by Beatrix Potter
14. The Moustachapillar by Johnny Lees
15. A Color of His Own by Leo Lionno
16. Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger
17. Your Favorite Seuss: 13 Stories by Dr. Seuss
18. A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston (Illustrated by Sylvia Long)
19. Jamberry by Bruce Degen
20. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
What picture books have you enjoyed even after a hundred readings? What would you add to the list?
If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy 10 Books You Must Read to Your Daughter (Or How to Keep Your Daughter from Ending Up Like That Horrid Girl in Twilight) and 10 Books You Must Read to Your Son.
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