Friday Favorites: Top Ten Picture Books for Kids

It’s amazing how fast the weeks fly by. It’s Friday again which means it’s time for Friday Favorites {insert applause here}.


I’ve been looking forward to this all week. I think it’s because we’re in a different stage of parenting now. Picture books merely decorate the bookshelves now or they’re boxed away to make room for all the chapter books. We’ve graduated to things like Harry Potter, The Hobbit, and Tuck Everlasting. Nothing wrong with that, but there’s something about curling up on a couch with preschoolers and flipping through endless pages of picture books.

Top 10 Picture Books

SO here’s my list, not necessarily in order of importance. Caveat: I am not including Where the Wild Things Are, Goodnight Moon, or We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. They’re the best of the best and worth being read over and over again.


What child doesn’t love monkeys hanging from tress yelling, “Tsk, Tsk, Tsk!” We’d point our fingers and yell along with the monkeys every time we read this charming little story.

Hippos Go Berserk

I can’t say enough about Sandra Boynton books. All of her books are great, but Hippos Go Berserk is my favorite. It’s a great little counting book for younger children. But it’s so funny that we read it well after the kids could count to 20.

Madeline and the Gypsies

“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived 12 little girls in 2 straight lines.” Ah, Madeline books. They are all SO good. I just love this one, though.

One of Each book

This book is so great. It’s all about the art of making space for friends by not keeping things just to ourselves. Great for teaching about sharing but even more about the importance of friendship.

oh the places you'll go

Oh, geez. I almost cry every time I read this book to a child. It’s ridiculous.

May I Bring A Friend?

I especially love the art work in this book. When my kids were little, I wanted to decorate their rooms with prints from this book, but couldn’t find any. Alas, it is too late unless I can convince Jonathan. : )

Frog and Toad

This book and the next two walk a fine line between picture book and easy readers. Well, they don’t really walk a fine line at all. They’re easy readers. BUT, they have pictures AND we read them to our kids before they could read themselves. SO, they count. Frog and Toad- just so delightful.

Little Bear

Three by the Sea 2

Great ending to this story! Do it up BIG.

Click Clack Moo

Witty animals subvert the natural order of farm life led by the wittiest of them all, Duck. Get ready for one angry farmer. It’s hilarious.

Now, get on the couch and read to your kids. Even more than the stories, you’ll have fond memories of giggles and tears.

And, let me know what your favorite picture books are to read to your kids. Leave your thoughts in the comment section. Happy Friday!

  • Anna N

    What a great post! I anticipate referring to it over and over. We love to read to Luke. I’m trying to put together a board book advent where he opens a book a day and I’m excited to try all of these (and wish you lived next door again so we could share libraries… and because that would be AWESOME). Right now our favorite is probably Dinosaur’s Binkit by Sandra Boynton. But it vacillates on a weekly basis. We miss you, Davis family!

  • Julie Davis

    I’ll have to read Dinosaur’s Binkit to Jonathan. Love her books. Hope you are enjoying living in the burbs. : )

  • marcellamcmanus

    J loves Spring is Here by Taro Gomi, Bear in a Square, and Hurry, Hurry! (thanks to the StoneHomes). Wish I could snuggle your little chunker up for a book reading sesh — love his little cheeks!! Also, I smiled to see him reading the little classic primers. We have Wuthering Heights out from the library right now :)

    • Julie Davis

      Ooh, I’ll have to check those out. I love the classic primers, too. Such a cool idea.