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
Best Buddies
Boogie Boogie, Y'all
The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt
The Rock from the Sky
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Are You a Cheeseburger?
Monica Arnaldo
Paletero Man
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
Lala's Words: A Story of Planting Kindness
The Leaf Thief
How to Apologize
This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth
Keeping the City Going
The Worm Family Has Its Picture Taken
Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States
Hudson and Tallulah Take Sides
Areli Is a Dreamer: A True Story by Areli Morales, a DACA Recipient
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
373 books — 388 voters
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakGreen Eggs and Ham by Dr. SeussGoodnight Moon by Margaret Wise BrownThe Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Best Picture Books
2,810 books — 1,935 voters

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakThe Snowy Day by Ezra Jack KeatsMake Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskeyThe Polar Express by Chris Van AllsburgThe Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Caldecott Medal Winners
84 books — 439 voters
The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta García de la RosaTurtle Wish by Murielle CyrCulloo by Murielle CyrBallet Boy by Anfaney GladwinBoring Bob by Anfaney Gladwin
Indie children's ebooks
309 books — 360 voters

Where the Wild Things Are
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Giving Tree
Green Eggs and Ham
The Day the Crayons Quit
Goodnight Moon
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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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