As part of August's Picture Book 10 for 10
event launched by the folks at Enjoy and Embrace Learning
, I'm offering up my Top 10 list. I thought about doing a rundown of the best books featuring smart dogs or adorable penguins or clever kids wearing tiaras. But what I think might be the most helpful is thus:
Top 10 Essential Picture Books
Based on hours of reading with a certain trio in my house, the selection process is highly scientific: it is measured on the hilarity factor, the visual umph
, and how many times little voices chirped, "Again!"
What follows are the Top 10 picture books that are simply a joy to share. Whether reading in a classroom to a group or in a rocking chair to a special someone, these are titles that adults – and of course the wee ones – will enjoy again and again. There were many nights when Hubby and I raced to the kids' rooms to call dibs on the stories we wanted to hear, these stories. My only regret is that my kids are getting a little older, so we don't get to read them as often.
Keep these titles in mind when searching for the perfect gift – for the young or young at heart.
We all need to celebrate our creative sides: I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow
Play it smart, especially when something wants to eat you up: The Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
When things don't go as planned, roll with the punches: An Undone Fairy Tale
by Ian Lendler, illustrated by Whitney Martin
You can be cool and not even know it: Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great
by Bob Shea
Sometimes we're cranky: Bad Kitty
by Nick Bruel
Princesses can be very sly: Falling For Rapunzel
by Leah Wilcox, illustrated by Lydia Monks
Even pirates need to be tucked in at night: How I Became a Pirate
by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon
Wait for it. . . The Monster at the End of this Book
by Sesame Street
There are surprises even in our routines: 10 Minutes till Bedtime
by Peggy Rathmann
Kate Hannigan is a children's author and blogger. Read more about children's literature and interviews with authors of some of the best books for kids at AuthorOf.blogspot.com.