Top 10 Picture Books of All Time

by Amy Kraft on March 28, 2009

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.

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9. The Louds Move In! by Carolyn Crimi – because it’s such a funny read-aloud

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8. Olive, My Love by Vivian Walsh – a must in our house for obvious reasons, plus illustrations by the always inventive J. Otto Seibold.

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7. I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child – Charlie and Lola are such loving, indelible characters, and this book is our favorite. 

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6. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats – childhood joy at its finest, with perfection in simplicity.

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5. Yoko by Rosemary Wells – it’s about multiculturalism and acceptance, yet manages to be totally engaging and not preachy or pedantic. Plus, I love these characters.

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4. Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk – I’ll never get tired of reading this flowing, beautiful verse. 

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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!!!”

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2. No, David! by David Shannon – this just barely edged out Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus for the number 2 spot on my list because it’s so much fun watching David be bad

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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. 

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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?

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