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30 of My Favorite Picture Books

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There’s nothing I like quite as much as snuggling up with my kids and reading a picture book. Here is a selection of some of my favorites — certainly not all of them because that list would be miles long. : )

Tell me, what are your children’s book essentials that I missed?


  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day 1 of 30
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day
    That's what I look like when I wake up too.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Archie and the Pirates 2 of 30
    Archie and the Pirates
    You can't go wrong with a monkey and pirates.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • A Bargain for Frances 3 of 30
    A Bargain for Frances
    I love all of the Frances books.
    Click here to buy from Barnes and Noble
  • Blueberries for Sal 4 of 30
    Blueberries for Sal
    I remember fondly reading this when I was a kid.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Curious George 5 of 30
    Curious George
    All kids love the mischievous monkey.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Fables 6 of 30
    Fables
    I love this collection of fables.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Frog and Toad Together 7 of 30
    Frog and Toad Together
    I love the story of them not being able to stop eating the chocolate chip cookies.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Good Night Gorilla 8 of 30
    Good Night Gorilla
    This story is told through pictures so a good pick when your voice is tired from yelling.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Green Eggs and Ham 9 of 30
    Green Eggs and Ham
    I wanted to include ten Dr Seuss books but this one is my absolute favorite.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • The Incredible Book Eating Boy 10 of 30
    The Incredible Book Eating Boy
    Fun illustrations + a quirky story = a winner.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • The Jolly Postman 11 of 30
    The Jolly Postman
    Your kids will love opening up each letter in this interactive tale.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • The Little Bear Treasury 12 of 30
    The Little Bear Treasury
    Read one story for a short break or read the entire book to procrastinate bedtime.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • The Little House 13 of 30
    The Little House
    I even love the animated cartoon of this one.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Madeline 14 of 30
    Madeline
    A classic that will have you wanting to take a trip to Paris.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Many Moons 15 of 30
    Many Moons
    Grown-ups will even think this book is funny.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • A Million Dots 16 of 30
    A Million Dots
    A delight for the eyes.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Not a Box 17 of 30
    Not a Box
    Simple is sometimes best.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Olivia 18 of 30
    Olivia
    Who doesn't love the feisty little pig?
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • The Paper Bag Princess 19 of 30
    The Paper Bag Princess
    You can't go wrong with the off beat stories from Robert Munsch.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • People 20 of 30
    People
    Sneak in some cultural learning with your bedtime reading.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Polka Dots and Octopus Pants 21 of 30
    Polka Dots and Octopus Pants
    The title is reason enough to read this delightful story.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Seasons 22 of 30
    Seasons
    You'll adore the graphic and colorful illustrations on each page.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • The Snowy Day 23 of 30
    The Snowy Day
    I love the collage illustrations in this story.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • So You Want to be President? 24 of 30
    So You Want to be President?
    A good pick for an election year.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • The Stinky Cheese Man 25 of 30
    The Stinky Cheese Man
    This will have parents and children laughing.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Strega Nona 26 of 30
    Strega Nona
    A classic story of a magic pasta pot.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends 27 of 30
    Where the Sidewalk Ends
    These poems are quirky and fun.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Where the Wild Things Are 28 of 30
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Forget the movie and stick with the book.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • Winnie the Pooh 29 of 30
    Winnie the Pooh
    Although Winnie has become a bit of an icon, the classic books are really sweet.
    Click here to buy from Amazon
  • An Awesome Book 30 of 30
    An Awesome Book
    The colorful illustrations and upbeat message of this book will put a smile on your face anytime of day.
    Click here to buy from Awesome World Store

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