Friday, August 1, 2014

Classics Picture Books: the ones I love, the one's my son loves, and the ones I could do without.

As many of you have probably noticed, I love to make lists.  I also love to read picture books.  This post is the result.  Today I will be focusing on the classics, but stay tuned because tomorrow I will be posting lists of hidden gems.

Classics I Love

  1. Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes
  2. The Stinky Cheese Man - Lane Smith 
  3. Bedtime for Frances - Russel Hoban
  4. Strega Nona - Tomie dePoala
  5. The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams
  6. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas - Dr. Suess
  7. Blueberries for Sal - Robert McCloskey
  8. On the Night You were Born - Nancy Tillman
  9. The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
  10. The Mitten - Jan Brett

(More Importantly) Classics My Son Loves

  1. No David - David Shannon
  2. Ferdinand - Munro Leaf
  3. Go Dogs Go! - P. D. Eastman
  4. Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
  5. The Big Red Barn - Margaret Wise Brown
  6. The Napping House - Audrey Wood
  7. Love You Forever - Robert Munsch
  8. Freight Train - Donald Crews
  9. Are You My Mother - P. D. Eastman
  10. Brown Bear, Brown Bear - Eric Carle

Before you read this next list I feel like I should apologize if you have a favorite book on here.  I realize these books have been made classics for reason, but I'm just not crazy about them.  My son doesn't seem too eager to pull them off the shelf either.

Classic I Could do Without

  1. Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown
  2. The Very Hungry Catepillar - Eric Carle
  3. The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss
  4. Curious George - Margaret Rey
  5.  Jumangi - Chris Van Allsburg
  6. Caps for Sale - Esphyr Slobodkina
  7. Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson
  8. Corduroy - Don Freeman
  9. The Little Engine that Could - George and Doris Hauman
  10. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel - Virginia Lee Burton


  1. Um....I agree completely with everything on this list. (Okay, mostly everything. But, hey, exaggeration makes for a really flashy blog post.) I haaaaaaate The Little Engine That Could. Blerg. And I loved Strega Nona :)

    1. Haha! Little Engine is so bad! It's a good message and all, but so tedious to get through! I'm so glad you agree!

  2. but.. but... the bowl full of mush...

    1. Haha! Sorry Bryan. It just wasn't doing it for me.