Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week we are given a new topic prompt to inspire our bookish lists. Today’s topic focuses on favorite picture books. This was actually a pretty hard list to put together because I LOVE picture books. I find them absolutely charming, and beautiful. I choose a variety of books that I not only love the story but especially love the illustrations. Some are from my childhood, while others are books I recently discovered and will one day be adding to my own child’s library.
Ursula Jones (Author), Sarah Gibb (Illustrator)
This is my all time FAVORITE fairy tale and this book is stunning from the gilded leaves on the dust jacket to the vivid and intricate illustrations. Absolutely LOVE this book.
Emma Thompson(Author), Eleanor Taylor(Illustrator)
I have always loved the Beatrix Potter books with the adorable little bunnies. This is a revamped version based on the original Beatrix Potter books. The illustrations are so cute!
Maurice Sendak (Author)
I remember being really young, and sort of finding this book a bit scary and “ugly” but when I realized the monsters weren’t mean but friendly I feel in love with this story and with Max.
Mike Curato (Author, Illustrator)
This is one of the most adorable new picture book series I have come across. How can you not love a little polka dotted elephant that loves cupcakes and exploring?
Janet Hill (Author)
This book is quite the stunner, with the lush illustrations and the life-like doggies. I absolutely loved looking at all the beautiful details on every page.
Pamela Zagarenski (Author)
This book is so sweet and all about the joy of reading. Plus there is a fox on the cover so how could I pass it up?
Teagan White (Author)
Teagan White has become my FAVORITE illustrator. I love her adorable little critters, the colors she uses and all the adventures her creations go on.
Melissa Marr (Author), Teagan White (Illustrator)
This is one of the cutest books I have ever set eyes on. Everything from the illustrations, colors, and story captured my heart.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Author), Richard Howard (Translator)
Another childhood favorite, that completely enthralled me with its simple charm and lyrical story.
Ame Dyckman (Author), Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)
A funny and cute story about a wolf that gets raised by a family of bunnies, and how their daughter Dot thinks he will eat them all up. A great book for teaching children that families come in all shapes, and sizes. Also a great teaching tool for helping young children deal with new siblings, sibling rivalry, and unconditional love. Plus…look at that hilarious little wolf dressed like a bunny on the cover!
What are some of your favorite picture books? Do you still enjoy picture books even as an adult? Please share with me your thoughts in the comments below, and also your links if you participate in TTT.