Picture Books

A picture book combines visual and verbal narratives in a book format, most often aimed at young children. The images in picture books use a range of media such as oil paints, acrylics, watercolor and pencil. Two of the earliest books with something like the format picture books still retain now were Heinrich Hoffmann's Struwwelpeter from 1845 and Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit from 1902. Some of the best-known picture books are Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings, Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat, and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. The Caldecott Medal (established 1 ...more

So You Want To Build a Library
Survivor Tree
Cat Problems
Mindful Mr. Sloth
My Two Border Towns
Pando: A Living Wonder of Trees
The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess
Let It Grow
Goodnight Ganesha
Being You: A First Conversation about Gender
A Song of Frutas
The Longest Storm
Boogie Boogie, Y'all
Best Buddies
The Rock from the Sky
This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth
The Leaf Thief
Don't Forget Dexter!
Scooper and Dumper
What the Road Said
Donut Feed the Squirrels
A Big Mooncake for Little Star
All Because You Matter
Areli Is a Dreamer: A True Story by Areli Morales, a DACA Recipient
The Worm Family Has Its Picture Taken
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Hudson and Tallulah Take Sides
You Matter
Pete the Kitty's First Day of Preschool
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise BrownThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.Pat the Bunny by Dorothy KunhardtWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Best Books for a Baby Shower!
567 books — 481 voters
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda   WilliamsRoom on the Broom by Julia DonaldsonThe Hallo-Weiner by Dav PilkeyScary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin SchwartzThe Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan Berenstain
Best Halloween Picture Books
553 books — 542 voters

The Ultimate Human Secrets - The Hidden Power in our Mysterio... by Ramzi NajjarIt's Time To Wake, Jake! by Amanda Beth ConnollyThe You Beyond You - The Knowledge of the Willing by Ramzi NajjarOh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
Must Reads Now!
427 books — 306 voters
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleGreen Eggs and Ham by Dr. SeussThe Cat in the Hat by Dr. SeussBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Best Childhood Picture Books
708 books — 594 voters

The Adventures of Beekle by Dan SantatSam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac BarnettThe Right Word by Jen BryantSparky! by Jenny OffillGaston by Kelly DiPucchio
2015 Mock Caldecott
82 books — 260 voters
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakLove You Forever by Robert MunschThe Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix PotterGoodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Best Books for a New Child's Library
371 books — 386 voters

Where the Wild Things Are
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Giving Tree
Green Eggs and Ham
The Day the Crayons Quit
Goodnight Moon
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...)
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
The Cat in the Hat (The Cat in the Hat, #1)
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
I Want My Hat Back
The Snowy Day (Peter, #1)
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
This Is Not My Hat

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