Top Ten Tuesday: Children’s Picture Books You Should Read

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This week’s topic is Books From My Favorite Genre. Over the last few years, I’ve really gotten into children’s picture books. There are some amazing ones out there that truly seem to be written for adults as much as they are for kids.

Today I’m going to share ten picture books you should read whether you’re three or 103 years old. If they are books that I’ve reviewed for Long and Short Reviews, the links in their titles will take you to those reviews.

1. The Lorax  by Dr. Seuss

Honestly, I don’t think this book will ever fall out of fashion. It’s a classic.

2. The Paper Bag Princess  by Robert Munsch

We need many more princesses who save themselves in fairy tales, don’t you think?

3. Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Mélanie Watt

This is the perfect thing to read for anyone who has ever felt social anxiety or worried about how to make a new friend in general.

4. Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman

I can’t imagine a more perfect way to introduce a small child – or a curious adult – to Neil Gaimain’s beautiful way of describing the world.

5. Penelope Perfect by Shannon Anderson

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6. What Daddy Did Today: A Father’s Bedtime Story by Walter Wally

If only everyone’s days could be described in this style. I love the idea of taking what can be complicated agendas and explaining them so simply that even a preschooler understands them. This is a skill everyone should have.

7. This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson

Heirlooms come in all shapes and sizes. My family likes to give each other wooden cutting boards and cast iron pans of all things. It was quite interesting to see what this family passes down over the years.

8. The Most Ferocious of Creatures by Chris Sykes

What a funny, creative take on everything that can go wrong when someone makes a mistake. I often think about this tale when I’m having a terrible day and need to cheer myself up.

9. Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

What a nice way to explain grief and the cycle of life to a young child.

10. Sophie’s Squash Go to School by Pat Zietlow Miller

Yes, this is the sequel to #9! You don’t have to read them in order, but I sure enjoyed getting an update on Sophie and her pet squash.



  1. Such a lovely list! Lemony Snicket’s The Dark is another lovely picture book, and I’ve always loved The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

  2. What a lovely selection! blueberry girl is a special book between my eldest daughter and I ?

  3. What a cute list. I don’t have too many picture book favorites myself, but I’ve always love Where the Wild Things Are.

  4. It’s nice when authors make picture books that appeal both to children and to the adults that have to read them to their children.

  5. I don’t think I’m familiar with any of these, but agree: who doesn’t love to feel nostalgic now and again and read a picture book?! (No matter our age.) “Penelope Perfect” looks really sweet and cute; sounds good too. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

  6. Ooh i am definitely bookmarking this post considering I have a baby now and I need to start collecting books for him ?

  7. Thank you so much for this post! I’ve got a toddler who loves to be read to, so I’m always on the lookout for great picture books that I’ll also enjoy. I’m adding all these I didn’t already have to my must buy list! Fantastic post!

  8. Nice list of books! I haven’t read any of them, but The Lorax is on my radar of books I’d like to read!

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment on my TTT post this week. Happy reading!

  9. Wow these look great! I love Dr. Seuss- and I didn’t know about the Gaiman one!

  10. Paperback Princess brings back such fond memories for me. Almost brings a tear to my eye! Great list.

  11. Nice list! I love Robert Munsch. My favorite of his is Stephanie’s Ponytail.

  12. I’ve recently read The Paper bag Princess to my class and I absolutely adored it. Great list!

  13. Great list! Children’s books are the best!

  14. Penelope Perfect sounds adorable and really wonderful for kids to hear.

  15. Awwww, super cute list!!! I love children’s books too. I think my favorites are the If you give a mouse stories and the old school Amelia Bedelia books. So adorable!!! Great list!

  16. Dr. Seuss wasn’t really a big thing here so I don’t think I’ve ever read them. I am thinking of finding the translated ones and and read them with my toddler when he is a little older.

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