Story and art are marriage partners in the world of picture books. Words and pictures work perfectly together to lead children (yes and adults) into the vibrant world of their imagination. Some books have no words at all, some a few, while others are totally words. Art can range from cartoons to abstract or formal paintings. This category is huge so I am only highlighting some of my favourites. Storybooks are highly personal so please find the ones that are tailor-made for your kids.
A kids classic is one that has been entertaining kids and parents for at least ten years and has no intention of being shelved.
1. The Snowman - Raymond Briggs
2. Curious George - H. H. Rey
3. The Little Engine that Could - Watty Piper
4. Make Way For Ducklings - Robert McCloskey
5. The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter
6. Madeline - Ludwig Bemeimans
7. Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson
8. Corduroy - Don Freeman
9. The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats
10. The Story of Ferdinand - Munro Leaf
11. The Poky Litte Puppy - Janette Sebring Lowrey
12. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - Dr. Seuss
13. The Owl and the Pussycat - Edward Lear
14. Fox in Sox - Dr. Suess
15. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
16. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day - Judith Viorst
17. Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
18.The Story of Babar - Jean de Brunhoff
19. If you Give a Mouse a Cookie - Laura Numeroff
20. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear - Don and Audrey Wood
Tomorrow I will give you more kids classics in this age category. As I listed them I felt a smile come to my face as I remembered how dear these selections are to my own heart. Classics are tucked in your heart to treasure for always. Read on.