Top 10: Classic Picture Books

Best Classic Picture Books for Kids

A great list of some of my favorite books from childhood.  Thanks!  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.


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.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  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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