When I was growing up we spent a ton of time at the library. My dear mom is an avid reader and has a great passion for children’s literature. We spent hours of time reading, especially during the summer months. We would journey to the public library and come home with giant stacks of books. When we were too young to read ourselves, Mom read to us…and read to us and read to us. It’s something I will always be grateful for and has been a huge influence on my life for the better. Not only did it fill my mind with adventure, knowledge, fun, compassion and beauty (as well as a love for reading)… it gave us a reason to snuggle close and be together. It’s the time spent with each other that I loved the most.
Reading to my own kids has been something I’ve loved as well. Treasured time. 🙂 Though my kids are too old to read picture books anymore (sniff…my second born graduated from high school yesterday! A post about that coming up soon…), I know many of you have little ones, or grand-kids, or nieces and nephews that you love and might have reason to enjoy some of the amazing books I brought along to share with you all today. Summer is upon us! Let the reading begin, right. 🙂 I have to admit, the library is still one of my favorite spots and I still come home with giant stacks of books for myself and my people. Book nerd, here. Truly.
Later on in the summer I’ll be sharing a couple more Book Recommendation posts, one will include a post of great books for upper elementary grades, and the other will be my semi-annual list of book recommendations for adults (I have some fantastic reads to share with you!) If you are looking for some of my past recommendations, click HERE.
Ok, on to the list! The following are 25 picture books that I adore, my kids adore and have been read and re-read at our house more times than I can count. Seriously. We have read them until they are worn out and battered. They are our favorites. Hope some of you find this list useful! Grab a few books and cuddle up with your little ones this summer.
Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Jan Brett books are seriously so beautiful. The illustrations are legitimate works of art. Not only is each page full of color, detail and design, but the border of each page is intricately created with tips and clues as to where the story is going. Love these. She has many, many more books as well. You can find more information about her and her books HERE. There are some fun coloring pages and activities for kids on her website as well.
I can’t say enough good things about this author and illustrator. They have many more than these 6 books, you can find more information of their work HERE.
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz
I know many of you are familiar with Munsch’s book Love you Forever. A classic, to be sure. It totally gets me teary every time and is most definitely the authors most popular book. However, did you know he has also written many, many hilarious books that my kids and I have loved over the years. The two pictures above are just a sampling. You can read more about his work HERE.
Sweet Dream Pie by Audrey Wood and Mark Teague
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
Have a great day, everyone and happy summer!