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

Oliver Jeffers


”A Child of Books”
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston; Copyright © 2016; Candlewick Press, Somerville, Massachusetts;
This is an enchanting presentation of the stories of the world we all share. The text is lyrical and the images are a deft combination of graphics and print. Elements on every page subtlely draw children of any age into the story.


”The Great Paper Caper”
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers; Copyright © 2008; Philomel Books, New York, New York;
What a story! It's full of intrigue, suspense and nuance. Woodland characters investigate a crime and bring the culprit to trial. Illustrations are dreamlike and each page can be pondered for clues and discoveries beyond the text.

Crockett Johnson


”Harold and the Purple Crayon”
Written and illustrated by Crockett Johnson; Copyright © 1955 & 1983; HarperCollins Publishers, New York, New York;
Harold uses a purple crayon to draw the scenes for an exciting adventure for himself. Each scene is drawn with a simple purple line. One or two lines of text on each page tell the story.

Judith Kerr


”The Tiger Who Came To Tea”
Written and illustrated by Judith Kerr; Copyright © 1968; HarperCollins Publishers, New York, New York;
A large hungry tiger came to tea. The little girl and her Mom watched as the tiger ate, and ate, and ate.

Michelle Knudsen


”Marilyn's Monster”
Written by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Matt Phelan; Copyright © 2015; Candlewick Press, Somerville, Massachusetts;
This book tells the story of a young girl who waits for her monster after all of the other children have one. When her monster never shows she must take matters into her own hands.

Eric Litwin


”Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons”
Written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean; Copyright © 2012; HarperCollins, New York, NY;
Pete the Cat has colored buttons that keep popping off. Colors, numbers, clothing, and subtraction are included along with lots of rhyming. The repetitive lines and events provide lots of opportunities for a child to join in the reading. This book is fun!


”Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes”
Written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean; Copyright © 2008; HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY;
Pete the Cat steps in different colored things and his white shoes change colors. The story is told with lots of rhyming, repetitive lines and opportunities for a child to join in the reading. This book is clever and fun!

Renata Liwska


”The Quiet Book”
Written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Renata Liwska; Copyright © 2010; Houghton Mifflin (Harcourt), New York, Ny;
This book describes all of the times that a young person might be quiet. As more events are added a story is told about a scary visitor that quietly becomes not so scary.

Jonathan London


”Froggy Gets Dressed”
Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz; Copyright © 1992; Penguin Books USA, Inc., New York, NY;
This book is about a frog who dresses to go outside to play in the snow. He must come back in several times because he forgot clothing items. It's fun and funny with a humorous ending.

Elaine Magliaro


"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.

Gianna Marino


"If I Had A Horse"
Written and illustrated by Gianna Marino; Copyright © 2018; Roaring Brook Press, New York, New York;
This is a story about a child and a horse and how they would be together. It describes how they would get to know each other in the words of the child. It speaks of being strong and brave and gentle. It is a story of the friendship that grows between them.

Mercer Mayer


”There’s An Alligator Under My Bed”
Written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer; Copyright © 1987; Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin), New York, NY;
This story unfolds step by step as the boy finds a way to lead the alligator out of his room and into the garage. Is there really an alligator under the bed?