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100 Best Picture Books

For your enjoyment here are the 100 favorite picture books of the Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library staff. Children's librarians selected these titles based on the appropriateness of the illustrations to the stories and their appeal to children. Many of these titles have been awarded the Caldecott Medal.

 

1. Aliki. Hello, Good-bye! Greenwillow Books, 1996.

2. Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson is Missing. Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

3. Asch, Frank. Happy Birthday, Moon. Prentice-Hall, 1982.

4. Baker, Keith. Big Fat Hen. Harcourt Brace, 1994.

5. Barton, Byron. Dinosaurs, Dinousaurs. Crowell, 1989.

6. Beaumont, Karen. I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! Harcourt, 2005.

7. Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline. Simon and Schuster, 1939.

8. Bloom, Suzanne. A Splendid Friend, Indeed. Boyd Mills Press, 2005.

9. Brett, Jan. Hedgie's Surprise. Putnam, 2000.

10. Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight, Moon. Harper, 1947.

11. Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty. Roaring Book Press, 2005.

12. Brunhoff, Jean de. The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant. Random House,      1933.

13. Burton, Virginia Lee. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. Houghton Mifflin,      1938.

14. Campbell, Rod. Dear Zoo. Four Winds Press, 1982.

15. Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Philomel, 1987.

16. Christelow, Eileen. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. Clarion, 1989.

17. Crews, Donald. Freight Train. Greenwillow Books, 1978.

18. DePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona: An Old Tale. Simon and Schuster, 1975.

19. Dewdney, Anna. Llama, Llama Red Pajama. Viking, 2005.

20. Donaldon, Julia. The Gruffalo. Dial, 1999.

21. Ehlert, Lois. Planting a Rainbow. Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich, 1988.

22. Emberley, Ed. Go Away, Big Green Monster! Little Brown, 1992.

23. Falconer, Ian. Olivia. Atheneum, 2000. 

24. Feiffer, Jules. Bark, George. HarperCollins, 1999.

25. Flack, Marjorie. Ask Mr. Bear. Macmillan, 1932.

26. Fleming, Denise. In the Small, Small Pond. Holt, 1993.

27. Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats. Coward-McCann, 1928.

28. Grossman, Bill. My Little Sister Ate One Hare. Crown, 1996.

29. Guarino, Deborah. Is Your Mama a Llama? Scholastic, 1989. 

30. Harris, Robie. Maybe a Bear Ate It. Orchard, 2008.

31. Henkes, Kevin. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Greenwillow Books, 1996.

32. Hest, Amy. In the Rain with Baby Duck. Candlewick Press, 1995.

33. Hill, Eric. Where's Spot? Putnam, 1980.

34. Himmelman, John. Chickens to the Rescue. Holt, 2006.

35. Hoban, Russell. Bread and Jam for Frances. Harper and Row, 1964.

36. Hoban, Tana. Look! Look! Look! Greenwillow Books, 1988.

37. Hort, Lenny. The Seals on the Bus. Henry Holt, 2000. 

38. Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon. Harper and Row, 1955.

39. Joose, Barbara M. Mama, Do You Love Me? Chronicle Books, 1991.

40. Kalan, Robert. Jump, Frog, Jump! Greenwillow Books, 1981.

41. Kasza, Keiko. A Mother for Choco. Putnam, 1992.

42. Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day. Viking, 1962.

43. Kellogg, Steven. The Mysterious Tadpole. Dial, 2002.

44. Kraus, Robert. Whose Mouse are You? Macmillan, 1970.

45. Krauss, Ruth. A Hole is to Dig. Harper and Row, 1952.

46. Lester, Helen. Tacky the Penguin. Houghton Mifflin, 1988.

47. Lewis, Kevin. Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo. Hyperion, 1999.

48. Lionni, Leo. Frederick. Pantheon, 1967.

49. Lloyd, Sam. Mr. Pusskins and Little Whiskers: Another Love Story.                Atheneum, 2008.

50. London, Jonathan. Froggy Gets Dressed. Viking, 1992.

51. Martin, Bill. Brown Bear. Brown Bear, What Do You See? Holt, 1992.

52. Mayer, Mercer. Frog Goes to Dinner. Dial, 1974.

53. McBratney, Sam. Guess How Much I Love You. Candlewick, 1995.

54. McCloskey, Robert. Make Way For Ducklings. Viking, 1941.

55. McKissack, Pat. Flossie & the Fox. Dial, 1986.

56. McPhail, David. Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore. Dutton, 1993.

57. Meddaugh, Susan. Martha Speaks. Houghton Mifflin, 1992. 

58. Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Harper and Row, 1992.

59. O'Connor, Jane. Fancy Nancy. HarperCollins, 2006.

60. Palatini, Margie. Piggie Pie. Clarion, 1995.

61. Parr, Todd. It's Okay to be Different. Little, Brown, 2001.

62. Portis, Antoinette. Not a Box. HarperCollins, 2006.

63. Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit. F. Warne, 1987.

64. Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria. Putnam, 1995.

65. Rey, H. A. Curious George. Houghton Mifflin, 1941.

66. Ringgold, Faith. Tar Beach. Crown, 1991.

67. Rockwell, Anne. Apples and Pumpkins. Macmillan, 1989.

68. Rohmann, Eric. My Friend Rabbit. Roaring Brook Press, 2002.

69. Rueda, Claudia. Let's Play in the Forest. Scholastic, 2006.

70. Say, Allen. Grandfather's Journey. Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

71. Scarry, Richard. Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. Golden Press, 1974.

72. Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. Viking Kestrel, 1989.

73. Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. Harper and Row, 1963.

74. Seuss, Dr. Horton Hears a Who. Random House, 1954.

75. Shannon, David. No, David! Blue Sky Press, 1998.

76. Shaw, Charles. It Looked Like Spilt Milk. Harper, 1947.

77. Sierra, Judy. Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf. A Knopf, 2007.

78. Simmons, Jane. Come Along, Daisy! Little, Brown, 1997.

79. Sis, Peter. Fire Truck. Greenwillow Books, 1998.

80. Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale. Harper and Row, 1947.

81. Smee, Nicola. Clip-Clop. Boxer, 2006.

82. Soto, Gary. Chato's Kitchen. Putnam, 1995.

83. Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Windmill, 1969.

84. Stickland, Paul. Ten Terrible Dinosaurs. Dutton, 1997.

85. Tayback, Sims. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Viking,              1997.

86. Tafuri, Nancy. Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails. Greenwillow Books, 1988.

87. Tankard, Jeremy. Grumpy Bird. Scholastic, 2007.

88. Thompson, Kay. Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown-ups. Simon and            Schuster, 1955.

89. Waber, Bernard. Ira Sleeps Over. Houghton Mifflin, 1972.

90. Walsh, Ellen Stoll. Mouse Paint. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1989.

91. Walter, Virginia. Hi, Pizza Man! Orchard Books, 1995.

92. Wells, Rosemary. Max's Chocolate Chicken. Dial, 1989.

93. Westcott, Nadine. The Lady with the Alligator Purse. Joy Street Books,          1988.

94. Whippo, Walt. Little White Duck. Little, Brown, 2000.

95. Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. Hyperion, 2004.

96. Williams, Vera B. "More, More, More," Said the Baby: 3 Love Stories.              Greenwillow Books, 1990. 
97. Wood, Audrey. The Napping House. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1994.

98. Woodson, Jacqueline. The Other Side. Putnam, 2001.

99. Yolen, Jane. How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night. Blue Sky Press, 2000.

100. Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog. Harper, 1956.