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My Favorite Children's Picture Books

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.

My Favorite Children's Picture Books from The Barefoot Mom

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.

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:

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

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. 

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. 

What are some of your favorite children's picture books?

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  1. I just love Dr.Seuss books! My mother-in-law actually has Moo, Baa, Lalala for the kids, how fun to see it on your list!

  2. These books are the best! My little bub also loves Go Dog Go...I kind of hate it because we've read it so much, lol! Great list, I'll have to get the ones we don't have!

    1. We haven't read Go Dog Go. I'll have to get my hands on a copy :-)

  3. Eric Carle and Sandra Boytons books are the best, we are also their big fans.

  4. We love all of these books! I have a box set of the Madeline books from when I was in pre-k. Been many years ago -- haha. My boys even love her adventures.

    1. I need to get my hands on the whole Madeline set. We only have the original at the moment. I love the one where Madeline and Pepito join the circus!


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