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Joe, Jack and Hap's favorite picture books

Nancy in AK
The list author says: "I love to read picture books to my children. My favorites are vintage books and ones that have a bit more plot and advanced vocabulary and appeal to older children and adults, too. I also love rhyming books and books with black and white line drawings. These are the books that we read over and over."
The Seven Silly Eaters
The Seven Silly Eaters
"A very very fun book to read out loud with wonderful pictures! This is my number one favorite picture book for children."
Andrew Henry's Meadow
Andrew Henry's Meadow
"The best picture book for boys!  Beautiful line drawings and a wonderful adventure."
The Summerfolk
The Summerfolk
"Doris Burns only published a very few books, which is such a shame!"
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (Classic Seuss)
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (Classic Seuss)
"A little known gem from Dr. Suess. I also like, If I Ran the Circus and McGillicuddy's Pool."
The Biggest Bear
The Biggest Bear
"Wonderful pictures and a great story."
Make Way For Ducklings
Make Way For Ducklings
"A classic that never gets old, esp. for me because I am from Boston and fell into the "duck pond" once when I was a little girl trying to reach over and feed the ducks."
The Jolly Postman
The Jolly Postman
"This is a British book with real letters and postcards and games tucked inside.  It also has a clever plot involving many fairy tale characters.  My boys truly love this book! They also love the sequel, The Jolly Christmas Postman."
The Flying Hockey Stick
The Flying Hockey Stick
"Boys love this book."
Pickle-Chiffon Pie
Pickle-Chiffon Pie
"This is just as good as The Flying Hockey Stick."
Norman the Doorman (Picture Puffins)
Norman the Doorman (Picture Puffins)
"We also like other books by Don Freeman, such as Dandelion."
The Mitten, 20th Anniversary Edition
The Mitten, 20th Anniversary Edition
The Five Chinese Brothers (Paperstar)
The Five Chinese Brothers (Paperstar)
"A strange and wonderful classic."
The Tomten
The Tomten
"A classic Scandinavian tale."
Miss Suzy
Miss Suzy
Journey Cake, Ho!  Weekly Reader Book Club edition
Journey Cake, Ho! Weekly Reader Book Club edition
"A really fun vintage book with pictures by Robert McCloskey.  I love the dialect, too."
The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree
Ox-Cart Man
Ox-Cart Man
"This is a nice historical book with a good message."
The Man Who Lost His Head (New York Review Children's Collection)
The Man Who Lost His Head (New York Review Children's Collection)
"This is a very strange book that I remember well from my childhood.  The pictures are by Robert McCloskey."
The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest
The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest
"My boys love all the Berenstain Bears books (and I think we have all of them) but this one is their favorite. Their second favorite is "No Girls Allowed" about forts."
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Curious George Goes to the Hospital
Curious George Goes to the Hospital
"My boys love all the original Curious George books but this one is their favorite.  It may encourage little kids to swallow puzzle pieces!"
Andy and the Lion (Picture Puffins)
Andy and the Lion (Picture Puffins)
Henry the Explorer
Henry the Explorer
"My children love books with their own names in them. So, I got this book for my Henry. I usually get them each a few books with their names for Christmas and their birthdays. Luckily, my boys' names (Joe, Jack and Henry) seem to be used a lot for characters in picture books."
Emperors New Clothes
Emperors New Clothes
"My boys get a big kick out of this book."
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge: Restored Edition
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge: Restored Edition
Tikki Tikki Tembo
Tikki Tikki Tembo
Sir Toby Jingle's beastly journey ; story and pictures
Sir Toby Jingle's beastly journey ; story and pictures
"I don't know why Wallace Tripp is not more popular.  His drawings are amazing. I love his children's books."
Corgiville Fair
Corgiville Fair
"I love Tasha Tudor and her beautiful rural pictures."
Possum Come A-Knockin' (Dragonfly Books)
Possum Come A-Knockin' (Dragonfly Books)
"A very fun book to read out loud with great southern dialect and fun pictures."
Miss Rumphius
Miss Rumphius
"This is a beautiful story."
Hansel and Gretel (Picture Puffins)
Hansel and Gretel (Picture Puffins)
"My children love classic fairy tales. I like versions by James Marshall and Paul Galdone.  Jack and the Beanstalk and the Gingerbread Man are also favorites."
The Three Billy Goats Gruff Big Book (Paul Galdone Classics)
The Three Billy Goats Gruff Big Book (Paul Galdone Classics)
Blaze and Thunderbolt
Blaze and Thunderbolt
"All the Billy and Blaze books are good and the horse pictures are great."
Ol' 556
Ol' 556
"We love this book about a steam train in Alaska (where we live.)"
The Whingdingdilly
The Whingdingdilly
"We love ALL of Bill Peet's books!"
Miss Twiggley's Tree
Miss Twiggley's Tree
"I love the inventiveness of this book and Miss Tiwggley's treehouse."
Strega Nona: Book & CD
Strega Nona: Book & CD
The Giant Jam Sandwich (Sandpiper Book)
The Giant Jam Sandwich (Sandpiper Book)
Blueberries for Sal
Blueberries for Sal
"I love the pictures of 1940's/50's rural Maine in this book."
Doctor De Soto
Doctor De Soto
"A very clever story."