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Just curious, what are your all-time favorite picture books, or your family's all-time favorites? I am looking to grow our family library. Sorry if this is a repetitive thread; I did not find a prior iteration.

#1 - September 10, 2015, 03:34 PM
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The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams.

I could name many more...
#2 - September 10, 2015, 04:08 PM
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The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams.

I could name many more...

Feel free to if you want! I'd set a lot of store in your suggestions.
#3 - September 10, 2015, 04:24 PM

Some (not all) of my kids' favorites:

THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, PENGUIN AND PINECONE, IT'S RAINING BATS AND FROGS, ROOM ON THE BROOM, BEAR SNORES ON, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, EXTRA YARN, SEAWEED SOUP, THE GIANT JAM SANDWICH, OCTAVIA'S PURPLE INK CLOUD, LITTLE SKINK'S TAIL, HIDE AND GHOST SEEK, HOW MANY JELLYBEANS?....OK, the list goes on and on.

My daughters are very different and have different tastes. I'm combining all the books together. Both of them respond a lot to humor. One prefers more interactive books and has a thing against anthropomorphism. She thinks it's creepy. The other is open to just about anything and likes really cerebral stuff. Doesn't mind if it's quiet. What kind of books do your kids like?

Another recent one I really liked that my kids both thought was funny is THIS BOOK JUST ATE MY DOG.
#4 - September 10, 2015, 05:32 PM
NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, GRIMELDA series,
CITY SHAPES, DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS, ONE SNOWY DAY, PIZZA PIG, and more...
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I love a lot! Like

Bang, Molly. The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher
Bulla, Robert Clyde. The Moon Singer
Fox, Mem and Helen Oxenbury. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Glen, Maggie. Ruby
Simmonds, Posy. Baker Cat
Hamilton, Virginia. The Girl Who Spun Gold
Henkes, Kevin. Weekend with Wendall and all the Lilly books
Marla Frazee. Everywhere Babies, Roller Coaster, and others
McCloskey, Robert. Blueberries for Sal
Perkins, Al. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Raven, Margot Theis. Circle Unbroken
Ravensburger (publisher), Wieso, Weshalb, Warum series (German NF lift the flap series about different subjects, in GREAT detail, for 4-7YOs)
Say, Allan. Grandfather's Journey
Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are and Chicken Soup with Rice
Seuss, Dr. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and Hop on Pop in particular
Sis, Peter. The Three Golden Keys
Velthjuis, Max. The Frog books
Wiesner, David. Sector 7 and others

Anything illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, Marla Frazee, or EB Lewis is bound to be a winner with me.
#5 - September 10, 2015, 05:59 PM

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Also Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present by John Burningham and Baby Brains by Simon James.
#6 - September 10, 2015, 06:02 PM

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Piggie and Elephant books (friendship) by Mo Willems, Knuffle Bunny books and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs too. Hilarious!
Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan (about sisters),
Nobody (imaginary friend),
A Home for Bird (any book by the Steads),
Blackout & Wolf, Wolf by John Rocco
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes, well anything by Kevin Henkes!
The Invisible Boy
The Name Jar

Just to name a few. So many books...
#7 - September 10, 2015, 06:23 PM
THE KING CAKE BABY (Pelican Pub. Co. Jan 2015)
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Favorite PB authors in our family:
Eric Carle
Rosemary Wells
Kevin Henkes
Mo Willems
Eve Bunting
Salina Yoon

Books by topics:
trucks, cars, cats, dogs, mice, bugs, stars, great photo-books

It's great you are building a library at home. We had a huge one and I still miss some of those books because we gave away so many when we moved.

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#8 - September 10, 2015, 06:38 PM
BOUND (Bodach Books, 2018)
TEN EASTER EGGS (Scholastic, 2015)
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"Close Your Eyes" by Kate Banks, illustrated by Georg Hallensleben, 2002, Frances Foster Books.

"Down by the Cool of the Pool" by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees, 2001, Orchard Books.

"Pog and the Birdies" by  Jane Simmons, 2005, Orchard Books.

"Some Dogs Do" by Jez Alborough, 2003, Walker Books.

"Bobby Dazzler" by Margaret Wild & Janine Dawson, 2006, Working Title Press.

"The Quiet Book" by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska, 2010, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

"Fire" by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, 2012, Scholastic Books

"The Boy on the Page" by Peter Carnavas, 2013, New Frontier Publishing

"I'm Bored" by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi, 2012, Simon and Schuster
#9 - September 10, 2015, 08:58 PM
I've Got a Tail! - Amicus Ink 2020

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Thanks so much for these. They are great lists! Some titles I know, and many new ones, too. Looking forward to reading these suggestions.

What kind of books do your kids like?

My kids (twins) are still babies (not quite 2) so I'm not sure what they'll lean towards, but recently they have started to want longer stories with more words on the page. Our collection definitely leans towards baby books, with only a few words per page. I want to grow our PB collection. So far their favorites have been WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE, and JAMBERRY. Those are the ones they hand me over and over, usually shoving a different book away from me so I'll read one of the above instead. I am lucky to have had a good number of more recent PBs signed at SCBWI events in the past 10 years but most of these seem to be on permanent loan to my nephews!

My own favorite PB from childhood is THE HAPPY LION.

It's great you are building a library at home. We had a huge one and I still miss some of those books because we gave away so many when we moved.

I bet you do miss them! We have a huge board book collection and I just love them. They have been carefully selected (I tell my husband it is my well curated board book collection! ha!). I am pretty sure I am capable of some serious picture book hoarding.
#10 - September 10, 2015, 11:13 PM
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Such a great age! Enjoy.

If they like JAMBERRY, maybe they'll like DINNER AT THE PANDA PALACE. It's a fun rhyming tale with animals. My kids loved it.
#11 - September 11, 2015, 05:32 PM
NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, GRIMELDA series,
CITY SHAPES, DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS, ONE SNOWY DAY, PIZZA PIG, and more...
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Oh, let me add Alexandra Day's Carl books. They're mostly wordless, available in board book form, and are the adventures of a dog and his baby (human).
#12 - September 11, 2015, 06:30 PM

MISS RUMPHIUS by Barbara Cooney
THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE by William Joyce
THE LOST THING by Shaun Tan
PUMPKIN SOUP by Helen Cooper
LOST AND FOUND by Oliver Jeffers
#13 - September 13, 2015, 10:05 PM
Writing & Illustrating Quietly Bold Kidlit

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My Clearest Me
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Some of my favorite authors: Sarah McIntyre (Pugs from the Frozen North), Corey Rosen Schwartz (Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears), Dan Santat (Beekle!) and Mo Willems (especially the Knuffle Bunny stories).

Hope you like them! Hugs! :)
#14 - September 14, 2015, 06:04 AM

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Quote from: HaroldU on September 10, 2015, 05:08 PM
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams.
I could name many more...

Feel free to if you want! I'd set a lot of store in your suggestions.

Thank you, but there's really no telling what your kids will love. But here are a few more:

Harold and the Purple Crayon (of course)
Anything by Denise Fleming
And one that may be hard to find: Somewhere in Africa by Ingrid Mennen and Niki Daly.
#15 - September 14, 2015, 08:14 PM
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We have memorized The Very Busy Spider, Eric Carle.
We have even acted it out for guests - each animal, spiderwebs and all. :star2
#16 - September 14, 2015, 08:33 PM
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I almost forgot: Each Peach Pear Plum and Hush! A Thai Lullaby.
#17 - September 14, 2015, 08:48 PM
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Owl Moon, Jane Yolen
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These two books have longer texts, but are definitely two of my absolute favorites!

Woolber, by Leslie Helakoskie

and (not out yet - being released I think in November) Mother Goose Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins. This is absolutely, without a doubt THE BEST picture book I've ever read. I got a chance to get a copy of the F&Gs - the actual pages of the book, folded and gathered, but not yet bound (like an ARC - advanced reader copy for novels) while at the SCBWI conference in Los Angeles this summer.

#19 - September 15, 2015, 07:09 AM
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Miss Rumphius, Library Lion, Farmer Palmer's Wagon Ride, Frances books, Bear Snores On and for something newer and younger, definitely the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems.
#20 - September 15, 2015, 04:39 PM
ROLLER BOY (Fitzroy Books, 2018)
AMY'S CHOICE (Luminis Books, 2014)
CALL ME AMY (Luminis Books, 2013)
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