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Top 100 Picture Books

Description: Chosen by the readers of School Library Journal as their favorite picture books of all time, we proudly present this collection of classic books to share with youngest readers. Each title has original pictures and image descriptions available.


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The Paper Bag Princess

by Michael Martchenko and Robert N. Munsch

The Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Three Pigs

by David Wiesner

This Caldecott Medal-winning picture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf's huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story... and into the realm of pure imagination.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Sneetches and Other Stories

by Dr Seuss

Dr. Seuss creates another timeless picture-book classic with The Sneetches and Other Stories. Are you a Star-Belly Sneetch or a Plain-Belly Sneetch? This delightful book contains four tales with deliciously subtle takes on how silly it is to be, well, silly.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Miss Rumphius

by Barbara Cooney

Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears Click, clack, MOO. Click, clack, MOO. Clickety, clack, MOO. But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes....

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

by Mo Willems

Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

A spoof on the three little pigs story. The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


No, David!

by David Shannon

When David Shannon was five years old, he wrote and illustrated his first book. On every page were these words: "No, David!... and a picture of David doing things he was not supposed to do. Now David is all grown up. But some things never change...

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

The entire book, with its unconventional page arrangement and eclectic, frenetic mix of text and picures, is a spoof on the art of book design and the art of the fairy tale.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Not a Box

by Antoinette Portis

A box is just a box... unless it's not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

by Kevin Henkes

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can't wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


My Lucky Day

by Keiko Kasza

An award-winning story time favorite with a hilarious twist at the end. When a delicious-looking piglet knocks on Mr. Fox's door, the fox can hardly believe his good luck. It's not every day that dinner just shows up on your doorstep.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Go Away, Big Green Monster

by Ed Emberley

Caldecott Award-winning author-artist Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to chase away their nighttime fears. Kids can go through the pages of this die-cut book and watch the Big Green Monster grow. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

by Audrey Wood and Don Wood

The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear... How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry?

Date Added: 05/25/2017


There Is a Bird on Your Head!

by Mo Willems

Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In There Is a Bird On Your Head!, Gerald discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head--two birds on your head!

Date Added: 05/25/2017


The Lion and the Mouse

by Jerry Pinkney

Textless retelling of the Lion and the Mouse fable, with beautiful images. Winner of the 2010 Caldecott Award. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Arnie the Doughnut

by Laurie Keller

Arnie was fascinated as he watched the customers stream into the bakery. One by one, doughnuts were chosen, placed in paper bags, and whisked away with their new owners. At first glance, Arnie looks like an average doughnut, but he was made by one of the best bakeries in town. Still, a doughnut is just a doughnut, right? WRONG! Not if Arnie has anything to say about it. Can Arnie change the fate of all doughnuts--or at least have a hand in his own future?

Date Added: 05/25/2017


We Are in a Book!

by Mo Willems

Elephant and Piggie are best friends. In We Are in a Book! Elephant and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Are You My Mother?

by P. D. Eastman

When Baby Bird hatches from his egg, his mother is off looking for food. What's a bird to do? Go find his mother, of course! So begins Baby Bird's hilarious, and at times very touching, hunt for his mother. Images and descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Go, Dog. Go!

by P. D. Eastman

Whether by foot, boat, car, or unicycle, P. D. Eastman's lovable dogs demonstrate the many ways one can travel. The new text emphasizes the concept element of the original while maintaining its rhythm and charm.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Rhyming Dust Bunnies

by Jan Thomas

Bug! Rug! Mug! Hug! These dust bunnies love to rhyme. Well, except for Bob. Much to the other bunnies’ frustration, Bob can never get the rhythm right. Then he saves everyone from a big, scary monster wielding—gasp!—a broom, and they all breathe a sigh of relief. But can Bob save them from the big, scary monster’s next attack? Vrrrrrroooommm...

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Scaredy Squirrel

by Mélanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It's way too dangerous out there. He could encounter tarantulas, green Martians or killer bees. But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he's well-prepared.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Caps for Sale

by Esphyr Slobodkina

Caps for Sale is a timeless classic, in print for over fifty years, and beloved by generations of readers. This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Traction Man is Here!

by Mini Grey

Traction Man--wearing combat boots, battle pants, and his warfare shirt--comes in a box, but very quickly finds the way into the imagination of his lucky boy owner. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Goodnight Moon

by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 05/25/2017



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