It was difficult to come up with a list of only 10—but here it is. These 10 picture books have stood the test of time for me (well mostly, some are new to me but I’m anticipating that they will stand the test of time). I chose these books because:
- I love to use them with students,
- I turn to them when I need writing inspiration, and
- they have each deeply touch me in some way.
All the Places to Love, by Patricia MacLachlan is an old favorite. Thoughtful and descriptive text that touches the heart. The illustrations are as magical as the text.
My Momma had a Dancing Heart by Libba Moore Gray. The playful language creates a playful mood while also addressing an unbreakable and special bond between a mother and daughter.
Father’s Hands, by Joanne Ryder is a descriptive piece that captures the bond between father and child.
Kitchen Dance by Maurice J. Manning is full of fun from the opening page. With onomatopoeia to amazing dialogue it is truly a joyful ride.
And what picture book list would be complete without one from Dr. Suess. My all time favorite Dr. Suess book is Horton Hears a Who!. Some might think it’s been over done, but I disagree. I will never tire of the rhythm, the friendships, and of course Horton who sticks to what he believes.