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Top 10: Classic Picture Books

Best Classic Picture Books for Kids

A great list of some of my favorite books from childhood.  Thanks LittleOneBooks.com!  I have deep and abiding love for all of your picks!

p.s.  Here’s my list of Top 10:  Best Old Fashioned Children’s Books.

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Every year new children’s books are published, each better than before. Or are they? Classics are classics for a reason. Little One Books has created a list of lesser–known favorites from back in the day. Everything old is new again.

1. Make Way for Ducklings (1942): Mr. and Mrs. Mallard offer a birds eye tour of Boston as they go in search of the perfect place to raise their young.

* This is not available at Amazon at the moment but this is a compilation of  several beloved Robert McCloskey Classics.  If you live in New England, it’s a classic must-have for your library.  If you live  in Boston, you must get your hands on Make Way for Ducklings.

2. The Story of Ferdinand (1936): A sweet bull who’d rather smell the flowers than pick a fight.

3. Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955): An ode to the limitless powers of a child’s imagination.

4. Tubby the Tuba (1945): Paul Tripp’s original song (combined with contemporary illustrations) introduces a dizzying array of instruments with a can-do attitude.

5. The Runaway Bunny (1942): Bunny will never run so far that Mama can’t catch up for a cuddle. It’s classic comfort.

6. Goodnight Moon (1947): A lullaby-like farewell to the end of day and embrace of night.

* Can you find the mouse on every full-color spread?  It’s tricky!

7. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel(1939): An expressive steam shovel proves that hard work and perseverance pays off.

8. Pat the Bunny (1940): Texture and activity team up to make this little book a literal feel-good experience.

9. Ask Mr. Bear (1968): A child searches for the ultimate birthday present for his Mother. Leave it to Mr. Bear to guide him in the right direction.

10. Blueberries for Sal (1949): Cubs and kids both get lost (and found) in this tale of ‘beary’ picking.

To view any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

6 Comments

  1. Lori Sabo

    I sigh with contentment just looking at the covers.

  2. Kimberly

    Fabulous list! I haven’t seen ¨Pat the Bunny¨ in so long!

  3. Mike McLeod

    A great list. How can anyone argue with any of the books you have chosen. Thanks.

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