List of Quality Picturebooks Needed

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Hello! I recently purchased Hand That Rocks the Cradle. We’re currently reading the Narnia series, the Little House Series, and Treasure Island. Though I have to explain a bit of it, my seven year old (second oldest son) is enthralled with Long John Silver! Thank you for the quality literature suggestions; I need the guidance!

My question is this: What are some equally quality picture story books for my little ones? There is mention of Corduroy on your website (Of whom I hadn’t heard, but purchased and my little boys love) but I would like to have other names/titles. Perhaps there is an article or resource similar to the one I already have for this level of books. Any help you can offer is appreciated! 🙂

Thanks so much!
Beth Lamping, Greensburg, IN


  1. Perla Sarmiento de Adams


    I have two picture books very nice:
    – The World Treasury of Children’s Literature selected by Clifton Fadiman Vol 1 and 2 and
    – The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud

    There is also nice picture book in the next link:

    Bye, bye

  2. Christine

    Some our favorites are:

    *The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack

    *The Little House and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

    *Bread and Jam for Francis by Russell Hoban

    *The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter

    *The Railway Series by Rev. A.W. Awdry

    *Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

    *The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by a.a. milne

    And, of course, all of the beautiful picture books by Johannah Bluedorn Stanford.

    Hope this helps!

    Love in Christ,

    P.S. There is also a great article in the Jan/Feb 2008 issue of “Home School Enrichment” magazine ( by Susan Lemons, “Classic Books for Preschoolers” which is a much more complete list than I’ve posted.

  3. Jessica

    Some of our favorites:

    All the Places to Love- Patricia MacLachlan

    The Bear that Heard Crying- Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

    Rachel and Obadiah- Brinton Turkle

    Three titles by Gary Bower:

    Ivy’s Icicle
    Tessa’s Treasures
    Wyatt’s Wagon

  4. Kari

    Books by Lois Lenski such as
    Cowboy Small
    The Little Train
    The Little Airplane
    The Little Sailboat
    The Little Family
    Papa Small
    (The sesonal books are good too, but each include a holiday page that might be offensive, but easily edited with a glue stick)

    Books by Jim Arnosky such as
    Racoon on his own
    Rabbits and raindrops
    Otters under water
    Crinkleroots fish every child should know

    Billy and Blaze (a useful boy and his horse) series by C. W. Anderson such as
    Billy and Blaze
    Blaze and the Mountain Lion
    Blaze and Thunderbolt
    Blaze and the Gray Spotted Pony
    Blaze Finds the Trail
    Blaze and the Forest Fire
    Blaze and the Lost Quarry


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