35 Favorite Picture Books for Kids

Though Laurel and Violet differ in many ways, one characteristic they most definitely share is their love of books. While I was collecting their beloved but outgrown board books to hand down to my sister, I made a list of the picture books that have received request upon request by both girls. These picks will be wonderful for your library; they shine in wording, messaging, and illustration. Enjoy! And feel free to add your favorites in the comments below!

  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  2. A Birthday for Frances
  3. Bread and Jam for Frances
  4. Caps for Sale
  5. The Cat in the Hat
  6. Doctor DeSoto
  7. Duck on a Bike
  8. Ella Takes the Cake
  9. The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit
  10. George & Martha: Best of Friends
  11. The Gigantic Turnip
  12. Great Day For Up
  13. Guji Guji
  14. Harold and the Purple Crayon
  15. I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words
  16. The Kissing Hand
  17. The Little House
  18. Llama Llama Red Pajama
  19. Make Way for Ducklings
  20. Madeline
  21. Miss Nelson is Missing
  22. Miss Rumphius
  23. Olivia
  24. Penguin
  25. Penguin and Pinecone
  26. Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore
  27. A Pocket for Corduroy
  28. The Shape of Me
  29. The Snail and the Whale
  30. Stone Soup
  31. Swimmy
  32. Tillie and the Wall
  33. Toot & Puddle
  34. Where is the Cake?
  35. Zen Ties

Image credits: book jackets via Amazon; compilation graphic by Christine Koh