Monday, September 12, 2011

Classic Picture Books - Part 1

Recently several of you have mentioned how much you enjoy book suggestions for your children. If you know me, I love to talk about books - I just didn't know that anyone enjoyed listening!

The following list is books that I consider children's classics. Many of these books I remember from my childhood. Others I was found while searching for books for my children but all are at least several decades old.

Every child should be on a first name friendship with Petunia, Corduroy, Angus and Frances! And these books should be easy to find in any library.

Little Toot
Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky
A big job for just a little guy.

Corduroy (40th Anniversary Edition)
Corduroy by Don Freeman
We all wish for a home and a friend.

 The Story about Ping (Reading Railroad Books)
The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack
The setting in China makes this book endearing.

Bread and Jam for Frances (I Can Read Book 2)
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
Frances visits our dining room table when we have a picky eater.

 Chanticleer and the Fox
Chanticleer and the Fox illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Classic tale with one of our favorite illustrators.

Petunia by Roger Duvoisin
Proud Petunia finds that she needs to learn to read to be wise.

 Angus and the Cat (Sunburst Book)
Angus and the Cat by Marjorie Flack 
Sometimes an enemy becomes a friend!

A Pocketful of Cricket
A Pocketfull of Cricket by Rebecca Caudill
A cricket travels to school in a pocket!

I'll stop there - and share the rest of my list later.

I'd love to hear about the books that you fell in love with as a child - and now enjoy reading to your children.

You can find more of my favorite children's books in the lists for winter, spring, boys, girls, nature and agrarian books.


  1. Blueberries for Sal!
    Cars and Trucks and things that go. That book keept my boys intertained for hours! I love Richard Scarry.

  2. We really like Chanticleer, too.

    I would add "Goldisocks and the Three Libearians" - Charlotte enjoys that one.

    And two from my childhood, "Frederick's Alligator" by Esther Allen Peterson and Miss Twiggley's Tree by Dorothea Warren Fox

    I look forward to seeing what books everyone else recommends, too!

  3. Not familiar with any of these but will add them to my list. Since our daughter is attending a preschool this year (hoping to homeschool next year), I'm trying to take advantage of buying some of the lesser priced books through scholastic. I noticed one of my favorites in this months catalog - Good Night Moon.

  4. oooh, I always recognize AND get suggestions from your book lists! We discovered Jennifer and Josephine from you - beloved by both the adults and children at our house.

    We like Baby Dear. . .Oh What a Busy Day by Gyo Fujikawa. . .Where the Wild Things Are. . .

  5. Makes me miss my toddlers...

    The Biggest Bear
    Obadiah the Bold (and others)
    Millions of Cats
    Mike Mulligan
    Going on a Bear Hunt
    Blueberries for Sal
    Boy with a Drum
    Make Way for Ducklings
    Bicycle Bear (not a well-known classic but it was a fave here)
    RL Stevenson's Garden of Verses

    ...and many more!

    {btw, our firstborn turned 18 yesterday!}

  6. The first book is from my early childhood, and I enjoyed it very much: "Dr. Goat." It's by Georgiana (just one name), and illustrated by Charles Clement. It hasn't been reprinted since it was published in 1950and old copies are expensive, so ask around to see if anyone happens to have an old copy stored awaysmewhere. I read "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" to every small boy I knew, and they all loved it. Girls enjoy it, too. It's by Virginia Lee Bruce. There is a collection of four of her stories in one volume, and that's a very good book, too. "Caps For Sale," by Esphyr Slobodkina, is a fun book, especially if the adult who reads it also acts it out while reading aloud. Ezra Jack Keats' "The Snowy Day" is for very young children. Although it is set in a city, the storyline is about a little boy playing in a fresh snowfall, and is appropriate for children in rural areas, too. A good book for agrarian readers, and others, is this book, "The Carrot Seed," by Ruth Krauss. It's also for very young children.
    As you can tell, I'd go on for ages, but I'll stop here.


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