Top Ten Picture Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is a graphics one, so I have decided to go for “Top Ten Picture Books″

My Class’ Favourites

Beware Of The Storybook WolvesBeware of the Story Book Wolves by Lauren Child

Every kid has some story book character that scares them–a wolf, a wicked witch, a creepy bad guy. Here at last is the inspiring silly antidote for that fear.

Herb loves to be scared by the wolves in storybooks–as long as his mom takes the book out of his room at night. When she forgets one night, Herb gets an unwanted visit. Stalling for time, Herb explains that little boys are best for dessert and Big Wolf and Little Wolf should start with an appetizer, like Jell-O! He seeks help from the stars of fairy tales such as Cinderella’s fairy godmother, but not before things get very sticky. This is a fairy tale so artfully fractured it looks seamless and a message about creativity and imagination that any young dreamer would love.

The Day the Crayons QuitThe Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.

What is Duncan to do?

Room on the BroomRoom on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand!  Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.  But is there room on the broom for so many friends?  And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

Image result for magic key robin hoodThe Magic Key – Robin Hood by Roderick Hunt

The Oxford Reading Tree scheme. The Key begins to glow and Biff, Chip, Kipper and the gang end up in  Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood.

The Book with No PicturesThe Book with No Pictures by B.J.Novrak

A book with no pictures?

What could be fun about that?

After all, if a book has no pictures, there’s nothing to look at but the words on the page.

Words that might make you say silly sounds… In ridiculous voices…

Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?

They also love looking at books that we create ourselves – We have a teddy bear that goes home every week, a library bus book, we made our own Smartest Giant in Town book, and a book containing our work about the lonely beast.


My Favourites

A Child of BooksA Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers

A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy. She invites him to go away with her on an adventure into the world of stories… where, with only a little imaginaton, anything at all can happen.

Irresistibly engaging characters by Oliver Jeffers set sail and chart their way through Sam Winston’s fascinating typographical landscapes in this extraordinary ode to the power and promises of storytelling. Forty treasured children’s classics and lullabies are featured in the pictures, providing endless opportunities for discovery, memories and sharing.

Woven together by a simple story line, the one-of-a-kind illustrations in a A Child of Books provide an unforgettable reading experience that will inspire and encourage readers of all ages to explore, question, and imagine timeless stories of their own.

ZogZog by Julia Donaldson

Zog is a dragon who goes to dragon school. There he is taught all the things a dragon should know by the time he’s fully grown like flying, breathing fire and capturing princesses. Of course, things don’t always go to plan…

Munch!Munch by Emma McCann

There’s a huge, hungry monster on the loose, eating everything in its path. Munch, the little monster, stays at home to guard his house.

The True Story of the 3 Little PigsThe True Story of The 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Sciezka

You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong.

In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”

McElligot's PoolMcElligot’s Pool by Dr Seuss

The first Seuss title to feature full-color art on every other page, this adventurous picture book tells of Marco-who first imagined an extraordinary parade in And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street-as he daydreams of all the possibilities that await him while he fishes in McElligot’s Pool. Optimistic and exciting, this tale is the perfect bait, and readers young and old will be hooked on this fish-tastic favorite.

Previous posts on other wonderful picture books – here, here and here.

Have you read any of our favourite picture books?

Can you recommend us any?


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