Picture Books

A

  • Alsburg, Chris Van

    • The Wretched Stone
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3, 4
  • Anno, Mitsumasa

    • Anno’s Journey
      There are several Anno books. Most are wordless and the reader has to find Anno in various landscapes—very fun even for young children.
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
  • Armstrong, Jennifer

    • Pockets
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

B

  • Barker, Cicely Mary

    • The Lord of the Rushie River
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3
  • Bernadette

    • Varenka
      a Russian story of a delayed answer to prayer and the miracle that results
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3, 4
  • Beskow, Elsa
     All I’ve read of hers are great

    • Children of the Forest
      all I’ve read of hers are great
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • Pelle’s New Suit
      all I’ve read of hers are great
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • Peter's Old House
      all I’ve read of hers are great
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
  • Bolton, Michael

    • The Secret of the Lost Kingdom
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Brett, Jan

    • A Christmas Treasury
      This includes most of her great stories with their gorgeous, lush illustrations; you can easily find many of her individual books.
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
  • Brown, Margaret Wise

    • The Little Fur Family
      A house favorite
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1
  • Brumbeau, Jeff

    • The Quiltmaker’s Gift
      Phenomenal illustrations
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
  • Bunting, Eve
    • A Hanukkah story—very moving

      • One Candle
        Gender: Both
        Level: 2, 3

C

  • Cannon, Janell

    • Verdi
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • Stellaluna
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
  • Caseley, Judith

    • Mama Coming and Going
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1
  • Caudill, Rebecca

    • A Certain Small Shepherd
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3
  • Celenza, Anna Harwell

    • Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
      C.D. incl.
      Gender: Both
      Level: 3, 4
  • Collington, Peter

    • A Small Miracle
      Wordless Christmas story—a family favorite
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Cooney, Barbara

    • Miss Rumphius
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3

    • Eleanor
      About Eleanor Roosevelt’s life
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3

    • Basket Moon
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1
  • Craft, Charlotte

    • King Midas and the Golden Touch
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Cullen, Lynn

    • The Mightiest Heart
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3

D

  • Deedy, Carmen Agra

    • The Yellow Star
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3
  • DePaola, Tomie

    • The Clown of God
      Great illustrator; many Christian themes and saints’ stories
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • Pascual and the Kitchen Angels
      Great illustrator
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • The Holy Twins
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland
      Great illustrator
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • The Night of Las Posadas
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
  • DeRico, Ul

    • The Rainbow Goblins
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

E

  • Early, Margaret

    • Robin Hood
      Medieval looking illustrations—one plate per story
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3
  • Everett, Gwen

    • John Brown: One Man Against Slavery
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

G

  • Gilman, Phoebe

    • Something From Nothing
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1
  • Gruelle, Johnny
    • Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy

      • Raggedy Ann Stories
        Gender: Both
        Level: 2

      • Raggedy Andy Stories
        Gender: Both
        Level: 2

    • Wooden Willie
      A little known one, but a family favorite
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3

    • The Paper Dragon
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3
  • Guarnieri, Paolo

    • A Boy Named Giotto
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3

H

  • Haas, Irene

    • The Maggie B
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
  • Hall, Donald

    • The Ox-Cart Man
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1
  • Herriot, James

    • A Treasury for Children
      Great retellings from his veterinarian books
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3, 4
  • Hest, Amy

    • When Jessie Came Across the Sea
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3
  • Hissey, Jane

    • Little Bear’s Trousers
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1
  • Hoban, Russell
    • The Frances Books

      • Bedtime for Frances
        Gender: Both
        Level: 1

      • A Birthday for Frances
        Gender: Both
        Level: 1

      • A Baby Sister for Frances
        Gender: Both
        Level: 1
  • Hobbie, Holly

    • Toot & Puddle
      The Toot and Puddle series is good, but these are our favorites
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • Wish You Were You Here
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
  • Hodges, Margaret

    • Merlin and the Making of the King
      Great retellings of many stories
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3

    • The Kitchen Knight
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3

    • Saint George and the Dragon
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3
  • Houselander, Caryll

    • Petook, an Easter Story
      Illus. by Tomie dePaola
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Hughes, Shirley
      A house favorite—author and illustrator

    • All About Alfie
      This is a compilation of Alfie stories. They also are published individually as Alfie Gets in First, Alfie’s Feet, Alfie Gives a Hand, and An Evening With Alfie or individual stories.
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • Dogger
      Had to read this one every night for weeks.
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • Alfie Wins a Prize
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • The Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • The Big Alfie and Annie Rose Storybook
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • Tales of Trotter Street
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • Alfie and the Birthday Surprise
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
  • Hyman, Trina Schart
     Mostly an amazing illustrator

    • Little Red Riding Hood Retold
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • Sleeping Beauty
      Mostly an amazing illustrator
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • Rapunzel
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

I

  • Iwamura, Kazuo
     For young children—cozy family stories and illustrations

    • The 14 Forest Mice and the Summer Laundry Day
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1

    • The 14 Forest Mice and the Spring Meadow Picnic
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1

    • The 14 Forest Mice and the Winter Sledding Day
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1

J

  • Johnson, Crockett

    • Harold and the Purple Crayon
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1
  • Johnston, Tony

    • Yonder
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1

K

  • Kinsey-Warnock

    • The Bear That Heard Crying
      Based on a true story about Sarah Witcher
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Krauss, Ruth

    • A Hole is to Dig
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1

L

  • Lasker, Joe

    • A Tournament of Knights
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
  • Lindman, Maj

    • Flicka, Ricka, Dicka
      and all the different stories
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • Snip, Snap, Snurr
      And all the different stories
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Lunge-Larsen, Lise

    • The Race of the Birkebeiners
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3

M

  • MacLachlan, Patricia
     I find her books painfully beautiful

    • All the Places to Love
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • Through Grandpa’s Eyes
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Mayer, Marianna

    • Beauty and the Beast
      Beautiful illustrations
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • McClintock, Barbara

    • Dahlia
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • McCloskey, Robert

    • Lentil
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • Make Way for Ducklings
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • One Morning in Maine
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • Blueberries for Sal
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
  • McLerran, Alice

    • Roxaboxen
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Meisel, Paul

    • Zara’s Hats
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Mills, Lauren

    • The Rag Coat
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

N

  • Nesbit, E.

    • The Book of Beasts
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Northcote, Nancy

    • Pottle Pig
      Hilarious stories with great illus. about a very mischievous pig
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

O

  • O’Connor, Sandra Day

    • Finding Susie
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Oram, Hiawyn

    • Badger’s Bring Something Party
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

P

  • Paterson, Katherine

    • The Angel and the Donkey
      a wonderful, beautifully illustrated retelling of the story of Balaam and his donkey
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Peet, Bill

    • Capyboppy
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • Chester, the Worldly Pig
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1
  • Philbrick, Margaret

    • Back to the Manger
      Lovely Christmas story with great local (Chicago) references & illus.
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Phillips, Mildred

    • The Sign in Mendel’s Window
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Polacco, Patricia
     Great current children’s author who illustrates her own books; appeals to a broad range of children; celebrates family, miracle, and heritage. I do not like all of her books because they express attitudes or moral choices with which I disagree, but the ones listed below are excellent.

    • Uncle Vova’s Tree
      An Epiphany story
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • The Trees of the Dancing Goats
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • The Keeping Quilt
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • Thunder Cake
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • Rechenka’s Eggs
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • Just Plain and Fancy
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • Chicken Sunday
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • Thank you, Mr. Falker
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • The Christmas Tapestry
      An amazing Christmas story
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • An Orange for Frankie
      A touching Christmas story
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • Tikvah Means Hope
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • The Butterfly
      Heavy subject matter—Jews plight during the Holocaust
      Gender: Both
      Level: 3

    • Pink and Say
      For older children—a Civil War story
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3

    • The Bee Tree
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • January’s Sparrow
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Poole, Josephine

    • Joan of Arc
      Illus. by Angela Barrett
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Potter, Beatrix
     Try getting the very small books as she published them

    • The World of Peter Rabbit
      Can be purchased individually
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

R

  • Rand, Gloria

    • Sailing Home
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Riordan, James

    • Jason and the Golden Fleece
      A beautifully illustrated retelling
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Robertson, Bruce

    • Marguerite Makes a Book
      Beautiful in showing how illumination was done
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Robinson, Joan

    • Teddy Robinson
      An easy chapter book—a house favorite
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
  • Rogasky, Barbara

    • The Water of Life: A Tale of the Brother’s Grimm
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Rylant, Cynthia

    • Let's Go Home
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
    • Cobblestreet Cousins

      • In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen
        Gender: Both
        Level: 2, 3

      • Some Good News
        Gender: Both
        Level: 2, 3

      • A Little Shopping
        Gender: Both
        Level: 2, 3

      • Special Gifts
        Gender: Both
        Level: 2, 3

    • The Relatives Came
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3, 4

S

  • San Souci, Robert D.

    • A Weave of Words
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Sanderson, Ruth

    • The Crystal Mountain
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • The Twelve Dancing Princesses
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • Rose Red and Snow White
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Sherman, Josepha

    • Vassilisa The Wise
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Steig, William

    • Brave Irene
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • Dr. DeSoto
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2

    • The Library
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2
  • Stewart, Sarah

    • The Money Tree
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • The Gardener
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

    • The Journey
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2

T

  • Thayer, Jane

    • The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy
      Precious story
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1
  • Tudor, Tasha
     Mostly known for her lovely illustrations

    • Pumpkin Moonshine
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2, 3, 4

    • A Time to Keep
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2, 3, 4

    • A Doll's Christmas
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2, 3, 4

    • Wings from the Wind
      An anthology of poems
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1, 2, 3, 4

V

  • von Stockhum, Hilda

    • A Day on Skates
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3

W

  • Wangerin, Walter, Jr.

    • Peter’s First Easter
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3, 4

    • Mary’s First Christmas
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3, 4
  • Wells, Rosemary

    • My Very First Mother Goose
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1

    • Lassie Come Home
      A retelling—beautifully illustrated
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3
  • Wheeler, Lisa

    • Sailor Moo: Cow at Sea
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1
  • Wilde, Oscar

    • The Selfish Giant
      Retold by many different authors; I like the one by Fiona Waters, illus by Fabian Negrin, but I have seen others I love
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Wildsmith, Brian

    • Joseph
      A beautifully illus. retelling of the story of Joseph and his brothers
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1
  • Williams, Margery

    • The Velveteen Rabbit
      This is a lovely story; just make sure you find one with equally beautiful illustrations, as the options are plentiful
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2
  • Wise, William

    • The Black Falcon
      From the Decameron, retold by Wise
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3
  • Wood, Audrey and Don

    • Elbert’s Bad Word
      Great story, and they never tell you the bad word—yea!
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1

    • King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub
      Gender: Both
      Level: 1

    • A Cowboy Christmas: The Miracle at Lone Pine Ridge
      Gender: Both
      Level: 2, 3