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

Lane Smith


”A Perfect Day”
Written and illustrated by Lane Smith; Copyright © 2017; Roaring Brook Press, New York, NY;
It's a perfect day for cat, dog, bird, squirrel, and chickadee. Then along comes bear and steals away the perfect day! It's a simple story about how things can change.

Elizabeth Rose Stanton


Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Rose Stanton; Copyright © 2018; Simon & Schuster, New York, NY;
This is a story about a family and how little things can add up. Bub becomes very upset by some things his parents and sisters do. He tries to change the situation in an unusual way. In the end they find a way to show they care for each other.

Olivier Tallec


”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, NY;
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.

Jeremy Tankard


”Grumpy Bird”
Written and illustrated by ?; Copyright © ?; Scholastic Press, New York, New York;
Bird wakes up very grumpy and doesn’t want to fly. He just wants to walk around in a grumpy mood. As he meets his forest friends they join him in his walk and help him to feel better. Great for repeated events and a happy ending!

Katherine Tillotson


”all ears, all eyes”
Written by Richard Jackson and illustrated by Katherine Tillotson; Copyright © 2015; HarperCollins, New York, NY;
Sounds in the night forest and lots of rhyming. It's musical when read aloud and each page is fun to search and explore.

Jeanne Titherington


”Pumpkin Pumpkin”
Written and illustrated by Jeanne Titherington; Copyright © 1986; Green Willow Books, New York, NY;
A young boy growing a pumpkin is beautifully and realistically depicted in detailed colored pencil drawings. With just a very few words on each page, the illustrations tell much of the story.

Andrea Tsurumi


Written and illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi; Copyright © 2017; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., New York, New York;
What happens when you have an accident and make a mess? Run away! But everyone has accidents so what should you do? Say your sorry and try to clean up the mess!

Deborah Underwood


”The Quiet Book”
Written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Renata Liwska; Copyright © 2010; Houghton Mifflin (Harcourt), New York, New York;
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.

Judith Viorst


”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!

Nancy Elizabeth Wallace


”The Kindness Quilt”
Written and illustrated by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace; Copyright © 2006; Amazon Children's Publishing, Las Vegas, NV;
This story is about a teacher and her students (cute bunnies) working on a kindness project. Each student makes a quilt square showing an act of kindness they have done. The quilt grows larger and larger. Images are composed of fabric pieces.

Brendan Wenzel


”They All Saw a Cat”
Written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel; Copyright © 2016; Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, California;
A cat walks through it's world and is spied by a person and eleven different animals. The illustrations show how each one sees the cat in a very unique way. The text reminds us with occacional repetitive lines that it is the same cat with whiskers, ears and paws.