For as long as I can remember I have loved picture books. As a child I would study the illustrations of my favorites – Blueberries for Sal, The Bremen-town Musicians, Caps for Sale, Go, Dog. Go! – I can still remember pictures and hear my mom’s voice saying, “kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk!” and “Caps for Sale! Caps! Fifty cents a cap!“.
Picture books are pure magic.
My sophomore year of college my best friend and I shared an apartment. She brought a couch, coffee table, tv; I brought a small stack of favorite picture books. Now looking back, this seems like a strange thing for a 19 year old to travel with from Washington to Southern California, but I guess I felt they were important at the time. I don’t know if I ever opened the books that year, but they sat next to the couch and I saw them everyday. Fun fact: those same books from way back then are up on Audrey’s shelves today.
We have so many favorite books. I thought it might be fun and helpful to have a big list of favorites, all of which are included in our little library.
So, in no particular order, here are 48 must-haves for your picture book collection:
King Hugo’s Huge Ego (get this one!)
Sam and Dave Dig A Hole (get this one, too!)
Kiki + Coco In Paris (so adorable)
Triangle (we love everything by this author/illustrator combo)
The Day The Crayons Quit (clever, clever, clever)
I Had A Favorite Dress (best illustrations)
The Circus Ship (love this one)
Well, that was fun! I hope this list is a helpful resource for adding books to your collection!