Top 10 Essential Picture Books
Based on hours of reading with a certain trio in my house, the selection process is highly scientific: it is measured on the hilarity factor, the visual umph, and how many times little voices chirped, "Again!"
What follows are the Top 10 picture books that are simply a joy to share. Whether reading in a classroom to a group or in a rocking chair to a special someone, these are titles that adults – and of course the wee ones – will enjoy again and again. There were many nights when Hubby and I raced to the kids' rooms to call dibs on the stories we wanted to hear, these stories. My only regret is that my kids are getting a little older, so we don't get to read them as often.
Keep these titles in mind when searching for the perfect gift – for the young or young at heart.
We all need to celebrate our creative sides:
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow
Play it smart, especially when something wants to eat you up:
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
When things don't go as planned, roll with the punches:
An Undone Fairy Tale by Ian Lendler, illustrated by Whitney Martin
You can be cool and not even know it:
Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea
It's nice to have folks around:
Memoirs Of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers
Sometimes we're cranky:
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Princesses can be very sly:
Falling For Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox, illustrated by Lydia Monks
Even pirates need to be tucked in at night:
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon
Wait for it. . .
The Monster at the End of this Book by Sesame Street
There are surprises even in our routines:
10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann