The Rest of the Must-Read Picture Books

In my February 13 post I listed 40 of the 100 best picture books recommended in 2008 by the New York Public Library System. Here are the final 60:

41. John Henry by Julius Lester

42. Julius by Angela Johnson

43. Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

44. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

45. The Line-Up Book by Russo Marisabina

46. The Little Red Hen: An Old Story retold by Margot Zemach

47. Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story From China by Ed Young.

48. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber

49. Mabela the Clever by Margaret Read MacDonald

50. Machines At Work by Byron Barton

51. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

52. Maisy Goes Swimming by Lucy Cousins

53. Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

54. Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming

55. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

56. Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh

57. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia L. Burton

58. Millions Of Cats by Wanda Gag

59. Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall

60. Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Birmingham

61. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale retold by John Steptoe

62. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming

63. My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

64. The Napping House by Audrey Wood

65. No, David! by David Shannon

66. Off to School, Baby Duck! by Amy Hest

67. Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth

68. Olivia by Ian Falconer

69. Owen by Kevin Henkes

70. Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me by Eric Carle

71. Pierre: A Cautionary Tale by Maurice Sendak

72. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

73. Puss In Boots by Charles Perrault

74. The Random House Book Of Mother Goose: A Treasury Of 386 Timeless Nursery Rhymes by Arnold Lobel

75. Round Trip by Ann Jonas

76. Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinskey

77. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

78. Spots, Feathers and Curly Tails by Nancy Tafuri

79. The Story Of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

80. The Stray Dog by Simont Marc

81. Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola

82. Swimmy by Leo Lionni

83. Sylvester And The Magic Pebble by William Steig

84. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

85. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

86. Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

87. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly by Simms Taback

88. The Three Bears by Paul Galdone

89. Trashy Town by Andrea Griffing Zimmerman

90. The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs By A. Wolf by John Scieszka

91. Tuesday by David Wiesner

92. Uptown by Collier Bryan

93. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

94. The Wheels On The Bus by Paul O. Zelinsky

95. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

96. Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

97. Whistle For Willie by Jack Ezra Keats

98. The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza

99. Yoko by Rosemary Wells

100. Zomo The Rabbit: A Trickster Tale From West Africa retold by Gerald McDermott. D

Did you notice the mix of classics and newer books? This list of 100 should help to give us a well-rounded idea of what children love to read. Happy reading, picture book writers!

Sherri

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2 responses to “The Rest of the Must-Read Picture Books

  1. Thanks Sherri. Looks like I have lots of reading to do!

    gloria

  2. what a great list! this will probably take me the rest of the year to study. thanks sherri
    -veronica

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