Picture Books for the Child in All of Us


I absolutely love picture books.  I love the silly ones and the sweet ones.  I love the rhyming ones and the ones that make up words.  I love the illustrations and the messages.  But the kinds of picture books I love most are the ones that make children laugh, the ones that introduce them to the possibilities in life and the kind of person they should strive to be, and the ones that are really adult books in disguise.  I promise posts recommending some of my favorites of the funny ones and the ones offering possibilities.  Today, in honor of “booksgiving,” I have prepared a list of picture books that I love which are certainly written for children but are maybe for adults every bit as much (or more).  They will be in alphabetical order by the title because I couldn’t possibly put them in some order of favorites…and by author just seemed too predictable from a former librarian.

If you would like a brief description and reviews of these books, go to the link below for the list I created for these books (and a few more) on goodreads.com.


You can also look at an earlier list I made that includes some picture book biographies.


Great Picture Books for You (and maybe a child too)

  1. 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy
  2. I Am Story by Dan Yaccarino
  3. Be Happy!: A Little Book for a Happy You by Monica Sheehan
  4. Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
  5. Book by David W. Miles
  6. A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers
  7. The Crown Affair by Jeanie Franz Ransom
  8. Dandelion’s Tale by Kevin Sheehan
  9. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  10. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  11. Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  12. Frankencrayon by Michael Hall
  13. The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
  14. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  15. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
  16. It’s a Book by Lane Smith
  17. The Journey by Francesca Sanna
  18. Little Tree by Loren Long
  19. Mama, Let’s Make a Moon by Clay Rice
  20. North Star by Peter H. Reynolds
  21. One by Kathryn Otoshi
  22. One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
  23. Penguin Problems by Jory John
  24. Playing from the Heart by Peter H. Reynolds
  25. The Promise by Nicola Davies
  26. Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds
  27. The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito
  28. The Storyteller by Evan Turk
  29. Tuckey Jo and Little Heart by Patricia Polacco
  30. Two Hands to Love You by Diane Adams
  31. What Do You Do With a Problem by Kobi Yamada
  32. What Do You Do With an Idea by Kobi Yamada
  33. The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski
  34. Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson
  35. You and Me by Susan Verde

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