Top Ten Favorite Picture Books

March 11, 2014

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Books in [x] Genre. I realize that the picture book isn’t a genre (it’s a format), but I don’t care. That’s what I’m doing anyway.

1. Jimmy’s Boa Bounces Back by Trinka Hakes Noble, illustrated by Steven Kellogg – This story is so wacky. I love it. My first grade teacher gave it to me because I was her favorite.

2. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe – This story is delightful, and I love the daughters’ names. In fact, the illustrations are so badass, the book has been used to teach perspective in photography classes.

3. I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow – “I like myself, I’m glad I’m me. There’s no one else I’d rather be.”

4. The Great Big Elephant and the Very Small Elephant by Barbara Seuling – You know, it makes so much sense that friendship stories are my favorite. <3

5. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel – Another friendship book! Naturally. My favorite bit is when Toad helps Frog with his depression.

6. The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone, illustrated by Michael J. Smollin – Spoiler alert: it’s Grover.

7. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff – “All my friends are dead.” (Okay, that’s not from the book, but still.)

8. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats – There is nothing as sad as a snowball that doesn’t last.

9. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak – “I’ll eat you up, I love you so.”

10. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel, illustrated by Blair Lent – “Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo!”

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9 Comments

  1. Vasilly

    Nice list! I’ve read most of these books with my kids.

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    • Akilah

      Same here! I loved introducing my daughter to some of my favorites.

      Reply
  2. deweydecimalsbutler

    I want to use The Monster at the End of this Book to teach Deconstructionist literary theory. As it is, I love this book – so does my 3 year old.

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    • Akilah

      Holy crap. That is brilliant.

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  3. caitlinstern

    Picture books are kind of like a genre… I remember a few of these fondly.

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  4. nikkihb

    When I was about sixteen, I told my friend’s five year old sister that my name was Nikki-Tikki-Tembo-No-Sa-Rembo-Chari-Bari-Ruchi-Pip-Peri-Pembo. She believed me until she was about thirteen. She’s now in her twenties and I NEVER let her forget how gullible she was.

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    • Akilah

      Okay, that is awesome. Mean. But awesome.

      Reply
  5. Words for Worms

    Oh my gosh! I used to LOVE Tikki Tikki Tembo! I’m going to be chanting the whole thing in my head the rest of the night!

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    • Akilah

      Yesssssss. I still remember where it was first read to me (elementary school library). Love that book.

      Reply

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