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Monday, June 30, 2014

A Dozen Favorite Picture Books

by Cynthia Light Brown

The blog post last week by Kitty and her daughters triggered incredible nostalgia. I went down to my lair of picture books that I haven't the heart to give away (I tell my family I'm saving them for grandchildren, but really they're for me). Whittled the hundreds down to dozens, then down to one dozen. One in the middle is the favorite of my middle daughter (now 18 years old, and getting ready to take a gap year in Nepal, so her choice isn't surprising).

Here they are, from younger to older age range:


KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood

EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

GOTTA GO! GOTTA GO! by Sam Swope, illustrated by Sue Riddle



A BIRTHDAY FOR FRANCES by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban

RED RIDING HOOD retold and illustrated by James Marshall

ZOOM AT SEA by Tim Wynne-Jones, illustrated by Eric Beddows* Katie's favorite

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg

RAPUNZEL retold and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

BABA YAGA AND THE WISE DOLL by Hiawyn Oram, illustrated by Ruth Brown

THE MOUSEHOLE CAT by Antonia Barber, illustrated by Nicola Bayley

 If you ask me next week, I might come up with a different set - there are so many wonderful ones. I notice that they all have great writing and illustrations. Wonderful illustrations pull you in - and it's what sells most picture books these days - but great writing keeps you coming back.

Most of these authors and illustrators have many other wonderful books - enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to check these out, thanks for posting, Cynthia!