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

Before She Was Harriet
Hey Black Child
Inky's Great Escape: The Incredible (and Mostly True) Story of an Octopus Escape
Read the Book, Lemmings!
Three Little Monkeys
My Lazy Cat
Malala's Magic Pencil
After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back up Again
The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse
If You Give a Man a Cookie: A Parody
The Lost Words
Goodnight, Hockey Fans
Everyone Toots
We're All Wonders
You Get What You Get
Mr. Getaway and the Christmas Elves
The Christmasaurus
The Worm and the Bird
Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg
Dragons Love Tacos
Happy Monsters!
My Monster Farts
The Bad Guys: Episode 1
Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker
Read the Book, Lemmings!
Am I Small? Hl Ana Sghyrh?
It Takes a Village
My T-Rex Has A Toothache
Edith and Little Bear Lend a Hand by Dare WrightThe Lonely Doll Learns a Lesson by Dare WrightThe Doll and the Kitten by Dare WrightMatthew Looney's Voyage to the Earth by Jerome Beatty Jr.The Bad Times of Irma Baumlein by Carol Ryrie Brink
Really Underrated Children's Books
856 books — 247 voters
Extra Yarn by Mac BarnettAnd Then It's Spring by Julie FoglianoGreen by Laura Vaccaro SeegerThis is Not My Hat by Jon KlassenThe Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
2013 Mock Caldecott
97 books — 247 voters

Switch! The Lost Kingdoms of Karibu by Karen  PrinceThe Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta García de la RosaTurtle Wish by Murielle CyrCulloo by Murielle CyrMark and the Magic Apple Tree by Roser Bosch
Indie children's ebooks
261 books — 295 voters
Journey by Aaron BeckerThe Day the Crayons Quit by Drew DaywaltThe Dark by Lemony SnicketFlora and the Flamingo by Molly IdleMr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter  Brown
2014 Mock Caldecott
80 books — 227 voters

Where the Wild Things Are
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Giving Tree
Green Eggs and Ham
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
The Day the Crayons Quit
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
The Cat in the Hat
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
This is Not My Hat
I Want My Hat Back
The Polar Express
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Oh, The Places You'll Go!

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