I love children's picture books and as a homeschooling mom and a former elementary school educator, I've read a ton of them. I thought it would be fun to compile a list of my all time favorites. After quite a bit of thought and some discussion with my 7 year old here is my list of my top 10 favorite children's picture books.
A Fish Out of Water:
|A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer|
Illustrated by P.D. Eastman
This is an older book that I had never read until my oldest was a toddler and we picked a copy up at a yard sale. It quickly became one of our household favorites. It's a silly story about a boy who over feeds his pet goldfish and the calamity that results from it.
Giraffes Can't Dance is a really sweet book with a great underlying message. It's about embracing your individual talents and loving yourself. It's been one of my daughter's all time favorites for a couple years now.
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Where The Wild Things Are:
|Where The Wild Things Are|
Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
I just love this story about Max and his journey to the land of the wild things. The illustrations are awesome and it's such a fun story. It reminds me of my own little "wild things".
|The Lorax by Dr. Seuss|
The Lorax is my all time favorite Dr. Suess book. The illustrations are gorgeous and the message is a an important one. We all need to care about our planet.
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo:
|Because A Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!|
By Rosetta Stone
Illustrated by Michael Frith
Because A Little Bug Went Ka-Choo is such a fun story about the calamity that results from a small bug's sneeze. This is another older one that I had never read until my oldest daughter was a toddler but I immediately fell in love with it.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar:
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle|
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a favorite from my childhood and has become a favorite of both of my daughters. It's so much fun getting to share books I enjoyed as a child with my own children. The board book version of this book is especially fun because the caterpillar appears to have actually eaten through the pages.
Giraffes Can't Dance:
|Giraffes Can't Dance|
By Giles Andrae
Moo, Baa, La La La:
|Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton|
I love Sandra Boynton books and especially this one. It's a fun book for toddlers about animal sounds.
Are You My Mother?:
|Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman|
I've loved this book since I was a kid and my kids enjoy it too. It's a cute story about a baby bird who hatches while his mother is away and his adventure finding her.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?:
|Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?|
By Bill Martin Jr.
Illustrated by Eric Carle
Brown Bear, Brown Bear was one of my first favorite books. I remember reading it in my kindergarten class. It's a fun book for early readers with repetitive language and awesome illustrations.
|Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans|
Madeline has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. I love the rhymes and the beautiful illustrations of Paris. If you look carefully, many famous Paris sites appear in the background of the illustrations.