Today is National Read a Book Day. It’s time to find a good book and enjoy a moment of quiet magic. Make it a family venture and take the reading nook outdoors. Curl up under a nice shade tree and enjoy your favorite read. Our whole family enjoys reading and after polling my fellow North Phoenix mom’s it is apparent we have a problem, a picture book problem.
I was going to share with you our favorite book picks for moms and kiddos, but most of us could not settle on our top mom reads. We instead started a very lengthy thread on our absolute favorite picture books. It’s good to be in such great company. I’ve compiled a great list of must read picture books. From the funny to the heartfelt there is something for everyone. The list is in no particular order and does contain affiliate links.
A list of children’s books would not be complete without a few of the many fantastic Shel Silverstein books. He sure has a way with words and the quirky illustrations add to his playful poetry.
- A Giraffe and a Half
- Don’t Bump the Glump
- Where the Sidewalk Ends
- The Giving Tree
I love the trend of fantastic picture books with an educational tone. There are several humorous and beautifully illustrated books that also have a great history or art lesson embedded.
- Rosie, Revere, Engineer
- John, Paul, George & Ben
- Degas and the Little Dancer
The beloved Dr. Seuss had a gift with words that he shared with the world; I’m sure we all have our favorite. Here are just a few of our top Dr. Seuss books.
- The Lorax
- What I Was Scared of?
- The Sneetches and Other Stories
I think most parents enjoy a good humorous book too, especially if it’s our child’s favorite. We are currently reading a Daniel Tiger book no less than 10 times a day. I don’t think I can sing “grown-ups come back” one more time, but I definitely could enjoy a good punch line a few times.
- Interrupting Chicken
- Don’t Call Me Pig! A Javelina Story
- There is a Bird on Your Head
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late!
I have a transportation loving boy. He loves all things that go, especially reading about planes, trains and automobiles. These are just a few of our mom picks for things that go.
- The Sea of Bath
- Freight Train
- Round Trip
- Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
I am a sucker for a feel good read. My favorite chapter books are Nicholas Sparks, and it’s no different for picture books. These are all classic reads with a lot of heart.
- Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You
- Love You Forever
- On the Night You Were Born
Sandra Boynton is a beautiful lyricist. Her books have a sing song to them, that takes them beyond a simple toddler board book.
- Barnyard Dance
- Moo, Baa, La La La!
- Pajama Time!
- Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!
- Barnyard Bath!
What are your favorite picture books? We would love to hear!