In honor of National Children's Book Week I decided to list my top 10 favorite picture books of all time. I encourage everyone to do the same. I would love to see what other people's favorites are!
1. The Mitten - by Jan Brett
Jan Brett was my hero growing up. I was in awe of her illustrations and she is the reason I wanted to become a children's book author and illustrator. The Mitten is (in my opinion) her best book.
2. Heckedy Peg - Audrey and Don Wood
This book was one of my dad's favorites, and so I always think of him when I read it. The story is very much like a fairy tale with dark twists and turns.
3. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins - Dr. Seuss
My list just wouldn't be complete without a book from Dr. Seuss. The man was genius.
4. Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes
I have never known an author to capture the childlike feelings as well as Kevin Henkes. It's like he can crawl inside the minds of children and pull their feelings out onto paper.
5. On the Night You Were Born - Nancy Tillman
This book is as soothing as a lullaby. The rhythm of the words and illustrations work together to create a beautiful, peaceful flow that is just a joy to read.
6. The Eleventh Hour - Graeme Base
Graeme Base is the most talented illustrator I have ever known. Period. There is no one who can surpass him.
7. The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
I have yet to read a more heartrending tale of love than the Giving Tree. It just breaks my heart every time. This book is a masterpiece.
8. The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales. - Jon Scieszki and Lane Smith
This book was one of my first introductions to satire. It's delightfully wicked.
9. Hippos Go Beserk - Sandra Boynton
I've read this book to my two year old son over and over again, and I never get bored of it!
10. Liza Lou - Mercer Meyer
This book was one I pulled off the book shelf multiple times as a child. I loved hearing my dad read it because he used an animated southern accent to tell the story.