Picture Book Recommendations

Jane and books(My niece, Jane, could recommend some good reads. Photo by my amazing photographer sister, Becca.)

Here is a list of children’s picture books recommended or reviewed on my website. PLEASE GO TO @RACFLP (on INSTAGRAM) TO SEE MORE CURRENT CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEWS!

(For books that I recommended on my sidebar, go to this page. Be sure to check out the HOLIDAY BOOKS page for picture books listed there.)


A Birthday for Frances (series) by Russell Hoban

A Mango in the Hand by Antonio Sacre (This book is a bilingual book. Spanish/English)

Abuela by Arthur Dorros (This book is a bilingual book. Spanish/English)

America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle by David A. Adler

Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books by Michelle Markel

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdös by Deborah Heiligman (illustrated by LeUyen Pham)

Fanny’s Dream by Caralyn Buehner

Five Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy

Girls Who Chose God by McArthur Krishna (illustrated by Kathleen Peterson)

Go Away, Dog by Joan L. Nodset (I grew up on the old version illustrated by Crosby Bonsall)

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino

Fun with Serbian Letters by Irena Deletić Chia, illustrated by Aleksandar Zolotić

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki, illustrated by Qin Leng

He Took My Lickin’ for Me by Timothy Robinson

Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride by Marjorie Priceman

Hot Diggity Dog by Adrienne Sylver

How to Eat an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

Ice Cream Cones for Sale! by Elaine Greenstein

I’ll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach

Jillee Bean and the One Good Thing by JIll Nystul and Samantha Hollister

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

The Lemon Drop Jar by Christine Widman

Love Adds the Chocolate by Linda Andersen

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Moosetache by Margie Palatini, illustrated by Henry Cole

The Oak Inside the Acorn by Max Lucado

Once There Was a Mom by Emily Watt, illustrated by Destin Cox

One Little Match by Thomas S. Monson

A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin by David Adler

The Quilteramker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau, illustrated by Gail de Marcken

Rattlebang Picnic by Margaret Mahy

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

Scripture Stories published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (our children’s reading primers)

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Paul Yalowitz

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsigner

The Tale of Meshka the Kvetch by Carol Chapman

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli, Illustrated by Archie Preston

Too Many Mangos: A Story about Sharing by Tammy Paikai, illustrated by Don Robinson

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto, illustrated by Ed Martinez

The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum, illustrated by   (an abridgment of the classic)

For my elementary school read-aloud lists by month, go here.

For books I recommended month by month, go here:

2020: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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