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Favorite Picture Books: Pam

Posted by Pam on April 27, 2009 at 10:02 AM in Picture Books
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One of my BBF's - Best Blog Friends - Fuse#8, has put together an incredible list of the Top 100 Picture Books based on the votes of other children's book bloggers.

For my contribution, I looked to books that came top-of-mind quickly. Each also represents a connection to my life when I first read the book. So I have my own favorites as a child, my first favorites to read to my kids, and my first favorites as a librarian. There are hundreds of picture books I have loved and do love, but these are the ones that I won't ever give away from my own collection. So don't even ask. I'm going with countdown style with my favorite book listed last. It's also pretty close to the reverse chronological order of the books' publishing years.

  • The King, by Dick Bruna
    The king was sad because all he wanted was a friend, not a crown. I drew teardrops all over this book, bless my heart.
  • Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban
    Picky eaters unite! I loved all the Frances books and can only choose this as a favorite by a slight margin.
  • The Monster At The End Of This Book
    Grover talking directly to the reader made this book absolute genius.
  • The Grouchy Ladybug, by Eric Carle
    It’s hard to pick one Eric Carle book, but I really like doing the grouchy voice while reading this aloud.
  • On the Day You Were Born, by Debra Frasier
    I never get through this book without tearing up. It’s a great baby shower gift.
  • Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
    This book does a wonderful job of reflecting the love and relationship between parent and child.
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin
    If you think this book is fun to read, watch the video or listen to the CD of the music. Catchy.
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
    Funny, clever, and the perfect read-aloud. Mo-tastic.
  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, by Mo Willems
    Again — funny, clever, and the perfect read-aloud, but with the bonus of being feeling familiar to moms and dads.
  • How to Heal a Broken Wing, by Bob Graham
    This book may be top of my list because I’ve read it recently and can’t get it out of my mind, but I’ll stand by this year’s Cybils winner as being an outstanding book about courage, kindness, and love.

What are your favorite picture books?


Terry Doherty writes...

I confess - I had to scroll down before I read the list to see if How to Heal a Broken Wing was #1.

Dawn writes...

My children are older now, but we used to love to read The Grouchy Ladybug, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Bread and Jam for Frances. My copies are worn out, but my love for these stories never will fade. Great choices!

Felicia writes...

I have given "On The Day You Were Born" to two children and I too find it moving and important.

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