“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”  – Jacqueline Kennedy

As a mother of four, and a former classroom teacher, I’ve had the absolute privilege of reading hundreds and hundreds of children’s books.  For me, there is nothing as magical as sharing a story with your child, and watching the world unfold before them. Books spark imagination, inspire creativity, and set children on the path of life-long learning. With the popularity (THANK YOU) of my list of 100 Chapter Books You  MUST Read to Your Children!, I wanted to create a similar list using picture books.

While I won’t say these are the 100 “best” children’s books out there, I will say these are MY personal favorites, and have been kid-tested and approved. I’ve read hundreds (and hundreds) of books to kids over the years, and these are definitely amongst the most popular. Most of these titles are appropriate for kids ages 3+. (You may find yourself enjoying many of these titles right along with your child!)

My hope is that you will be inspired to head to your local library or bookseller, and begin working your way through this list with your children/grandchildren.

“So please, oh please, we beg and pray, go and throw your tv set away! And in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” ~Roald Dahl

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

3. Curious George by H.A. Rey

4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

5. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

6. The Snowy Day  by Ezra Jack Keats

7. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

8. Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

9. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

10. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe

11. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

12. Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

13. Eloise by Kay Thompson

14. Corduroy by Don Freeman

15. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

16. Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola

17. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

18. No, David! by David Shannon

19. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

20. The Mitten by Jan Brett

21. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

22. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

23. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

24. The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

25. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

26. A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams

27. Watch the Stars Come Out by Riki Levinson

28. Paul Bunyan: A Tall Tale by Steven Kellogg

29. George Shrinks by William Joyce

30. The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor

31. A Bargain for Frances by Lillian Hoban

32. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

33. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

34. So, You Want to be President? by Judith St. George

35. The Napping House by Audrey Wood

36. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

37. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

38. Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

39. Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague

40. Caps For Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey  Business by Esphyr Slobodkina

41. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin

42. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

43. It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

44. Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

45. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

46. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

47. Inside a Barn in the Country by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

48. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

49. Time for Bed by Mem Fox

50. The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

51. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

52. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

53. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

54. Olivia by Ian Falconer

55. Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobbie

56. Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

57. How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen

58. Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

59. Arthur’s Eyes by Marc Brown

60. Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley

61. Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli

62. The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle

63.Liang and the Magic Paintbrush by Demi

64. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss

65. Tony Baloney by Pam Munoz Ryan and Edwin Fotheringham

66. I’m Gonna Like Me : Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis

67. Koala Lou by Mem Fox

68. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

69. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

70. The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

71. The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble

72. Horris and Morris but Mostly Delores by James Howe

73. Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

74. Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

75. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

76. Pinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann

77. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

78. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

79. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

80. Blackout by John Rocco

81. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

82. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

83. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

84. Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester

85. Perfect the Pig by Susan Jeschke

86. Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

87. Imogene’s Antlers by David Small

88. Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat

89. Brave Irene by William Steig

90. Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

91. The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

92. The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

93. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

94. Owen by Kevin Henkes

95. George and Martha by James Marshall

96. Fiddle-I-Fee by Will Hillenbrand

97. A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

98. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

99. Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

100. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

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