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Favorite Children's Picture Books

L. D. "Mom7"
The list author says: "Picture books that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. Don't forget about your older kids--- many times they get cheated out of a wonderful experience when parents and educators don't see the value in sharing picture books with them! So enjoy a picture book with your older child!! :)"
How Fletcher Was Hatched
How Fletcher Was Hatched
"This is just good, silly fun. In an effort to regain his mistress's affection, Fletcher decides he must get "hatched" (like the chick who stole the affection). My kids just love this book."
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (paperback)
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (paperback)
"I love Mr. Hatch. Even if my kids did not like this book (they do :)), I'd make them let me read it to them. This the ultimate "feel good" read. :)"
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
"I still remember the first time I sat down to read this book to one of my children (my now 27 yr. old daughter)-- I laughed so hard, I cried! And, I still do when I read it my younger children. :)"
The Raft
The Raft
"Any conversation in my house about "favorite books" brings up this title. There is a magic to this book (and its illustrations) that sticks with the reader."
Rechenka's Eggs (Paperstar)
Rechenka's Eggs (Paperstar)
Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
"My boys love Tim and his adventures. There is plenty of suspense and always a happy ending! :)"
Tim to the Rescue (Little Tim)
Tim to the Rescue (Little Tim)
"Again, you just can't beat going to sea for adventure- and, my boys love adventure! There are more in this series and we love them all. :)"
Magnus at the Fire
Magnus at the Fire
"Magnus just can't take being retired and is causing plenty of trouble. When the new fangled motorized fire engine breaks down, Magnus seizes the opportunity to become a hero, and to earn a retirement with a nice family."
Chuck Jones' Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Chuck Jones' Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
"My boys just love this version of the story. The product description states "suitable for ages 3-5", but I would say that is short-changing this story. It has plenty of suspense to keep an older child on his seat (and maybe too much for younger child)."
The White Seal
The White Seal
"Another Chuck Jones version- we purchased this on a whim at the local bookstore, and it has become a favorite in our house."
Baby In a Basket (Picture Puffins)
Baby In a Basket (Picture Puffins)
"Talk about suspenseful! A baby is thrown from the back of a wagon in a blinding snow storm at the river! In what seems like an impossible event, the baby is brought back to his mom and siblings. Based on a true story."
Saving Sweetness (Live Oak Readalong)
Saving Sweetness (Live Oak Readalong)
Who Owns the Sun?
Who Owns the Sun?
The Boy Who Loved to Draw: Benjamin West
The Boy Who Loved to Draw: Benjamin West
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Reading Rainbow Books)
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Reading Rainbow Books)
Katie's Trunk
Katie's Trunk
The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books)
The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books)
Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin
"This version of Rumpelstiltskin is wonderful, but even if it wasn't, the illustrations are enough to make you want to read it."
Kate Shelley: Bound for Legend
Kate Shelley: Bound for Legend
Tikki Tikki Tembo
Tikki Tikki Tembo
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Picture Puffin Books)
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Picture Puffin Books)
Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship
Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship
"This is a book that could be read to the youngest child, but kids of all ages will be taken with this friendship."
Capyboppy
Capyboppy
"One of our favorites, this is the true story of the pet capybara Bill Peet's son had as a young man."
The Pumpkin Runner
The Pumpkin Runner
Kermit the Hermit
Kermit the Hermit
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (Classic Seuss)
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (Classic Seuss)
The House on East 88th Street
The House on East 88th Street
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (Lyle the Crocodile)
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (Lyle the Crocodile)
The Biggest Bear
The Biggest Bear
Miss Nelson Is Missing!
Miss Nelson Is Missing!
"This book cracks kids (and parents) of all ages up!! It is a fun read! :)"
Boxes for Katje
Boxes for Katje
"Having read this book several times, I know the story. Still, when we recently watched Reading Raibow's episode featuring this title, I got tears in my eyes- proving the broad emotional appeal of this book (or that I am a very sappy adult ;))."
Marven of the Great North Woods
Marven of the Great North Woods
"This true story (about the author's grandpa as a child) is inspiring. My boys were taken by Marven's bravery when he is sent to logging camp (by himself!) to keep him away from the epidemic. My boys (at 12, 9 and 7)rate this book pretty high- one gave it and 9 out of 10, and two a 10/10!"