Top 100 Picture Books

Top 100 Picture Books

A poll of librarians and bibliophiles conducted by Elizabeth Bird a NYC Public Librarian and School Library Journal blogger.

Taken from her blog: A Fuse #8 Production.

#1: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)

#2: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)

#3: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1979)

#4: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)

#5: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (2003)

#6: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (1941)

#7: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (1955)

#8: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (1939)

#9: Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag (1928)

#10: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems (2004)

#11: The Story of Ferdinand by Monroe Leaf, ill. Robert Lawson (1936)

#12: Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (1994)

#13: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (1948)

#14: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, ill. Lane Smith(1989)

#15: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (1996)

#16: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (1987)

#17: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (1947)

#18: In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (1970)

#19: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (1982)

#20: George and Martha by James Marshall (1972)

#21: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (1999)

#22: The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone, ill. by Mike Smollin (1971)

#23: Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1964)

#24: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, ill. Lois Ehlert (1989)

#25: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (1942)

#26: Corduroy by Donald Freeman (1976)

#27: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (1902)

#28: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, ill. Ray Cruz(1972)

#29: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (1969)

#30: Brown, Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr., ill. Eric Carle (1967)

#31: No, David by David Shannon (1998)

#32: Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, ill. by Betsy Lewin (2000)

#33: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett (1978)

#34: Olivia by Ian Falconer (2000)

#35: Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel, ill. Blair Lent (1968)

#36: Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, ill. Lane Smith (1992)

#37: Eloise by Kay Thompson, ill. Hilary Knight (1955)

#38: Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, ill. by Margaret Bloy Graham (1956)

#39: The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood (1984)

#40: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (1939)

#41: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, ill. Stephen Gammell (1985)

#42: Curious George by H.A. Rey (1941)

#43: Tuesday by David Wiesner (1991)

#44: Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola (1975)

#45: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (1985)

#46: Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt (2006)

#47: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff (1985)

#48: The Big Orange Splot, by Daniel Pinkwater (1977)

#49: King Bidgood is in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, ill. Don Wood (1985)

#50: Black and White by David Macaulay (1990)

#51: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (1981)

#52: Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard, ill. James Marshall (1977)

#53: The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (1978)

#54: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (2001)

#55: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, ill. George & Doris Hauman (1961)

#56: Frederick by Leo Lionni (1967)

#57: Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, ill. Harry Bliss (2003)

#58: Flotsam by David Wiesner (2006)

#59: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (1975) by Verna Aardema, ill.Leo and Diane Dillon (1975)

#60: Chicken Soup With Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak (1962)

#61: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (2005)

#62: The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack (1933)

#63: Traction Man is Here!, by Mini Grey (2005)

#64: “I Can’t,” Said the Ant: A Second Book of Nonsense by Polly Cameron (1961)

#65: Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner (2003)

#66: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (1995)

#67: Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni (1959)

#68: The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)

#69: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, ill. Helen Oxenbury (1989)

#70: Miss Fanshawe and the Great Dragon Adventure by Sue Scullard (1986)

#71: The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, ill by Michael Martchenko (1980)

#72: The Little Brute Family by Russell Hoban, ill. Lilian Hoban (1966)

#73: The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant (1933) by Jean de Brunhoff

#74: Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (1942)

#75: Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss (1940)

#76: Zoom at Sea by Tim Wynne-Jones, ill. Eric Beddows (1983)

#77: The Library by Sarah Stewart, ill. David Small (1995)

#78: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

#79: Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, by Alice and Martin Provensen (1974)

#80: The Jolly Postman: or, Other People’s Letters by Janet Ahlberg (1986)

#81: Possum Magic by Mem Fox, ill. Julie Vivas (1983)

#82: Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Alan Stamaty (1973)

#83: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (1971)

#84: Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes (1988)

#85: Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats (1964)

#86: Yoko by Rosemary Wells (1998)

#87: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (2004)

#88: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (1993)

#89: A Hole is to Dig: A First Book of First Definitions by Ruth Krauss, ill. Maurice Sendak (1952)

#90: Not a Box by Antoinette Portis (2006)

#91: Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family Lazardo by William Joyce (1988)

#92: Swimmy by Leo Lionni (1963)

#93: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)

#94: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey&Don Wood (1984)

#95: The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, ill. David Small (1997)

#96: The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle (1990)

#97: Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, ill. Judy Horacek (2004)

#98: Anatole by Eve Titus (1956)

#99: Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal, ill. by Jen Corace (2005)

#100: Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley (1992)

#101: More, More, More Said the Baby: Three Love Stories by Vera B. Williams