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My Favorite Picture Books (In no particular order)


Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

There’s a Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone, illustrated by Mike Smollin

Freight Train by Donald Crews

School Bus by Donald Crews

One Monster After Another, by Mercer Mayer

Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

New Socks by Bob Shea

A Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats

Bootsie Barker Bites by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Peggy Rathmann

George and Martha by James Marshall

True Story of the Three Pigs Jon Scieszka

Tuesday by David Wiesner

Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Heron and Turtle by Valeri Gorbachev

Norma No Friends by Paula Metcalf

Thank You Bear by Greg Foley

For Just One Day by Laura Leuck, illustrated by Marc Boutavant

The End by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Richard Egielski

What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scary

Which Would You Rather Be by William Steig, illustrated by Harry Bliss

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Corduroy by Don Friedman

Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by Elise Primavera

I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Mary Blair

The Up and Down Book by Mary Blair

Stars by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Sheila the Brave by Kevin Henkes

No, David! by David Shannon

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Mortimer by Robert Munsch

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle

The Very Hunger Caterpillar By Eric Carle

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Crockett Johnson

Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura J. Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer

The Bravest Knight by Mercer Mayer

Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon

King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood

That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell, illustrated by Neal Layton

I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Guess Again! By Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex

Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

The Sneetches by Dr Seus

George and Martha by James Marshall

This is by no means a complete list, but it is a good start. If you are thinking about giving a picture book as a gift, and you don’t have one of these, they all make great gifts. Especially paired with my book!

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bob shea says:

Hi Stephen,

So by “no particular order” you mean, “my absolute favorite is runaway smash hit ‘New Socks’ by beloved children’s author Bob Shea.”

Because that’s how I read it.

Great list, glad to be on it. Thanks.


I think New Socks and A Dog is a Dog would make a great pairing! In fact I gave those two books to a friend for their 3rd Birthday. I’m sure Dinosaur vs. Potty will be on my next list.

bob shea says:

Did you explain to your three year old friend that the two books are a study in contrasts? One book was made by someone who knows how to draw, the other by a charlatan who life has blessed with a series of lucky breaks?

I’ll let you guess who is who.

Hint: I’m the second one.


My cat did most of the art.

whadah ya think?

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