I’ve been so caught up in my first week back in the library that I’ve neglected Twitter! (I missed my friends!) So I almost completely missed out on #pb10for10 Thanks go out to Josh Funk (picture book author of new favorites about breakfast foods, pirate dinosaurs and dragons) for keeping the lists coming and my library holds list growing!
So, not wanting to miss out, here are my ten favorite picture books from my childhood…some of which still hold a special place on my bookshelves both at home and at school.
1. Ferdinand by Munro Leaf Oh Ferdinand! So gentle. So sweet.
3. The Monster at the End of this Book. (Little Golden Book)Oh! It is so silly! I remember my parents using super quiet and then really loud voices to read it. I was SO excited to read it to my son when he was little…imagine my shock when he was so terrified he had nightmares for weeks! 😳
4. In a People House by ‘Theo Lesig’ I think it was either the mouse as a tour guide, or maybe that it was one of the first I read on my own. Grateful for parents who felt so strongly about reading and books that I had a received a subscription to Grolier Books and still have all of my ‘Beginner Books’.
5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle I loved the bright colors and the how there were holes (gasp!) in the book.
6. Serendipity by Steven Cosgrove This was another book subscription my parents bought for my sisters and I (technically this set was my sister’s) and I loved the story and the pink sea monster on the cover.
7. The Care Bears and The Terrible Twos by Ok, so yes. It does have Care Bears. BUT I absolutely related to the girl in the story. She was the oldest of three, but her siblings were two year old twins! Yikes!
These next three are my favorites thank to Reading Rainbow. I would write my lists every time there was an episode, but if you notice, all of these were feature books. There is serious power in read alouds! ❤️
8. A Chair for my Mother by Vera B Williams
My dad was a volunteer fireman, so house fires were a reality, but I never really made a connection until this book. I love the family story and how everyone came together to help. The illustrations are gorgeous as well.
9. Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard illustrated by James Marshall Love this story of what happens when a class is a bit naughty…and James Marshall’s illustrations are perfect!
10. Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema I can still hear James Edward Jones telling the story. Loved the rhythm, colors and story.