Fiction - Picture Books for Children

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.)

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Nadine Brun-Cosme     Robert Burleigh     Priscilla Burris     Marilee Robin Burton     Nancy Carlson     Catia Chien    
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

Nadine Brun-Cosme


”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.

Robert Burleigh


”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.

Priscilla Burris


”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


”Aaron Awoke”
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.

Nancy Carlson


"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.

Catia Chien


"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.

Katie Cleminson


”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.

Matthew Cordell


”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.

David Covell


”Run Wild”
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.

Ray Cruz


”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!