Yesterday we talked chapter books, today it’s picture books-and narrowing it down to a few is hard! I couldn’t even keep to five like yesterday so I’ve gone with ten that we love.
This list assumes you already know the awesomeness of Where The Wild Things Are, Where Is The Green Sheep, Hairy Maclairy, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Gruffalo. These books go without saying!
It was still hard to narrow it down to a set list. We read a lot of picture books!
Ten of our faves are-
A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham- This book is such a lovely story about community. The pictures are beautiful and it is a big sentimental favorite of mine. All of Bob Graham’s books are great.
Ginger by Charlotte Voake- I may have read this books a million times. But who doesn’t like a story about a cranky old cat and a kitten? This book has never really left high rotation here.
The Biggest Bed In The World by Lindsay Camp and Jonathan Langley- I will admit that I have serious bias towards this because the whole story revolves around a family who co-sleep. It was lovely to share this sweet book with my kids we we had our own version of the biggest bed in the world.
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp and Sarah Ogilvie- A dog that wants to dance ballet? What’s not to like? The adults in this one are my favorites to do the voices for. A gruff Dad and a ballet teacher-yes please. Love.
Harriet You’ll Drive Me Wild by Mem Fox and Marla Frazee- I’m surprised more people don’t know this one. Who hasn’t lost their temper with their “pesky” toddler? The Mum in this book is lovely and real. I adore this book and have been known to make a point of choosing it for bedtime after a trying day.
All My Friends Are Dead by Jory John and Avery Monsen- OK, this one won’t be for everyone. It’s dark and some of the jokes will go over the kid’s heads but that hasn’t stopped my lot laughing their heads off over this. Probably better for older kids but have to include it based on the awesome humor.
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner- Not a book about poo! Rabbits, chocolate cake, the big brown bear and the terrible plop. Very clever and getting to do the panicked, terrified bear voice is another one of my best.
Slinky Malinky Early Bird by Lynley Dodd- we all know Hairy Maclairy (and he’s awesome) but I love Slinky. This books is pretty much a testament to haw much of an asshole a cat can be. Anyone who has ever had a cat will get this one.
Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler-I’m going to say it. This one is BETTER than The Gruffalo. This is probably number one in our most read and loved picture books. Everything about this one is perfect! The rhyme, the pictures, the characters. And I get to do voices. My fave.
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen- Funny, clever and not your usual happy ending. The bear loves his hat!
Picture books-tell me your favorites!
Do you disagree with any on my list?