Tuesday, February 27, 2007

My absolute favorite picture books

This wasn't exactly a meme, but several bloggers, including Wisteria, are passing around lists of their child's favorite story books.
I think I would rather focus on the 25 books that, if stranded on a deserted island with my kids, I would be able (without going absolutely nuts) to read to them over and over and over and....
Many of these books were my favorites from childhood, and though my copies are dog-eared and covered with yellowing laminate I can't bear to replace them. My mother taught reading for 15 years and instilled in me a love of good kiddy lit, with words that sing and pictures that compliment the story and are beautiful in themselves.

1. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
2. Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
3. Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
4. Mr. Pepino's Cabbage by Diane Wilmer
5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
6. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
7. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee
8. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
9. Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
10. Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
11. Roxaboxen by Barbara Cooney
12. Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
13. Ferdinand by Munro
14. Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
15. Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain
16. Go Dog Go by PD Eastman
17. Little Bear by Else Holmelund
18. Christina Katerina and the Box by Patricia Gauch
19. Euphonia and the Flood by Mary Calhoon
20. Dr. Seuss ABC by Dr. Seuss
21. Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
22.The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
23. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
24. Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
25. No Fighting, No Biting! by Else Holmelund


Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Oh, I have loved "The Little House" and "Frog and Toad" since I was a child. I read them to my now-adult daughter, and now to my son.

What wonderful memories you brought up.

May the Source of Blessing, who blessed our fathers and mothers, bless your mother Julia and bring her a complete healing.

Matilda said...

Thank you for sharing this list! I found your blog through Barbara's. I love the book your title references! I made my kids read it so they would understand why I sometimes call them "little alligators".

pandahoneybee said...

Thanks for sharing your list;) We have read a couple of these as well. (Loved make way for ducklings!) We also read some from a website homeschoolliterature.com, "Surviving the Applewhites" was a great book!

Kelly @ The Homeschool Co-op said...

Great list. You really love the classics. I'm always a huge fan of booklists (being a children's librarian will do that to you). Thanks for sharing!