I’m getting caught up on my blog reading, and I saw that A Fuse #8 Production is conducting a poll to find the top 100 picture books of all time. This list will be compiled from top 10 lists submitted by 3/31. I can’t wait to see the results, and thought I’d add in my two cents. I’ve certainly put in enough time lately making top 5 lists on Facebook, so this should be a piece of cake.
10. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae – I worked on a product based on this book and fell in love with the heartwarming believe-in-yourself story, the wonderful verse, and the incredible detail in the illustrations by Guy Parker-Rees.
6. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats – childhood joy at its finest, with perfection in simplicity.
4. Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk – I’ll never get tired of reading this flowing, beautiful verse.
3. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems – this gets a spot in the top 3 for the reactions it gets from kids. Olive still delights in yelling out, “No, Pigeon!!!”
1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak – Hello… did you see my last post? This book is indisputably the best picture book of all time. On my hundredth reading of it, I was still discovering new details and things I had never noticed. It’s resonated with kids and has stood the test of time.
I have to say, the top 5 were easy. Rounding out the top 10 was hard. Runners-up included Olivia, Grumpy Bird, Goodnight Moon, Pete’s a Pizza, Frederick, Click Clack Moo, and Chrysanthemum.
Now you tell me… what am I missing?