These books are listed alphabetically by author and then the date published. Stories are critical for thinking and learning. I include the illustrators-essential to a good picture book.(Click here for an alpha list of all books.)
Marilee Robin Burton
Katie Cleminson Matthew Cordell David Covell Ray Cruz James Dean Julia Denos Kris Di Giacomo
Kelly DiPucchio Michael Escoffier Theodor Geisel E. B. Goodale Kevin Henkes Richard Jackson
Oliver Jeffers Crockett Johnson Judith Kerr Michelle Knudsen Eric Litwin Renata Liwska Jonathan London
Elaine Magliaro Gianna Marino Mercer Mayer David Mcphail Wendell Minor Richard T. Morris LeUyen Pham
Antoinette Portis Chris Raschka Peggy Rathmann Frank Remkiewicz Christian Robinson Esphyr Slobodkina Lane Smith Elizabeth Rose Stanton Olivier Tallec Jeremy Tankard Katherine Tillotson Jeanne Titherington
Andrea Tsurumi Deborah Underwood Judith Viorst Nancy Elizabeth Wallace Brendan Wenzel Eliza Wheeler Sam Winston Toni Yuly
”Big Wolf and Little Wolf, The Little Leaf That Wouldn't Fall”
Written by Nadine Brun-Cosme and illustrated by Olivier Tallec; Copyright © 2009; Enchanted Lion Books, Brooklyn, New York;
This is a book about courage and love. Little Wolf desires a special leaf for a very long time. Big Wolf makes a very risky effort in order to make Little Wolf happy.
”Night Train, Night Train”
Written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor; Copyright © 2018; Charlesbridge, Watertown, MA;
This is a lovely book. The images are dark like the night with colored lights that shine as a child looks out the window of a train. It is like being there. Rhyming text evokes the sounds of a train moving down the track.
”Five Green and Speckled Frogs”
Written and illustrated by Priscilla Burris; Copyright © 2016; Scholastic, Inc., New York, New York;
This is a song and counting board book. With updated contemporary graphics, it's a fun way for young ones to join in with lots of rhyming and repetitive phrases.
Marilee Robin Burton
Written and illustrated by Marilee Robin Burton; Copyright © 1982; Harper & Row Publishers, New York, New York;
This is a story about Aaron's day on the farm. The action in each scene is decribed with a simple phrase that begins with a letter of the alphabet(in sequence).
”Tail, Toes, Eyes, Ears, Nose”
Written and illustrated by Marilee Robin Burton; Copyright © 1992; HarperTrophy, New York, New York;
This is a visual guessing game. The parts of eight animals are pictured and the reader can guess the animal.
"How to Lose All Your Friends"
Written and illustrated by Nancy Carlson; Copyright © 1994; Puffin Books, Place?;
Eight rules are presented to show what not to do. The pictures tell the story very well. It has been a great way to introduce the topic of inappropriate behavior with peers.
"Things To Do"
Written by Elaine Magliaro and illustrated by Catia Chien; Copyright © 2016; Chronicle Books, LLC, San Franscisco, CA;
This is a story about dawn, birds, a honeybee, an acorn, a snail, the sun, the sky, an eraser, scissors, rain, boots, a spider, crickets, and the moon. It is a beautiful mix of interesting words, rhyme, and metaphor.
”Otto The Book Bear”
Written and illustrated by Katie Cleminson; Copyright © 2012; Disney-Hyperion, Place?;
Otto is a bear that lives in a book. He comes out of the pages and comes to life when no one is around. This is a story that should captivate any child.
”Wolf in the Snow”
Written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell; Copyright © 2017; Feiwel, Macmillan, New York;
A little girl and a wolf pup get lost in the snow. There are very few words-the illustrations tell the story beautifully. It is a wonderful opportunity for a child to narrate the story in his or her own words.
Written and illustrated by David Covell; Copyright © 2018; Viking, New York, New York;
A young girl and boy spend the day outdoors in the woods and at the shore. The images and text are large and uncontrolled giving the exact feeling of the freedom of being outside.
”Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
Written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz; Copyright © 1972; Antheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster), New York, New York;
It’s bad luck at every turn for Alexander. He has an entire day of timeless childhood disasters and he is ready to escape to Australia!