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100+ Essential Picture Books for Children-Part 3

Not all picture books are created equal, and not all of them are essential to a child’s literary heritage. Here are our top picks for the most essential picture books for the young. It is just a start and the best part is you can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card, and when you've finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location, and the staff will recommend more titles for your child.


Amazon Says: A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. more...
Amazon Says: A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. less...
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I Spy Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold
Amazon Says: The 7th book in the bestselling Fly Guy series--with fun foil covers! When Fly Guy and Buzz play hide-and-seek, Fly Guy hides in his favorite place--the garbage can. But as B more...
Amazon Says: The 7th book in the bestselling Fly Guy series--with fun foil covers! When Fly Guy and Buzz play hide-and-seek, Fly Guy hides in his favorite place--the garbage can. But as Buzz finishes counting, the garbageman drives away with the garbage and Fly Guy, too! A very worried Buzz follows the truck to the dump, where he sees zillions of flies. Where is Fly Guy?! Time after time, Buzz thinks he spies Fly Guy, only to be snubbed, boinked, or bitten. Then he realizes they've been playing a game. He yells, "I give up. You win!" And Fly Guy leaves his new hiding place--he was on top of Buzz's hat all along! less...
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Amazon Says: The little house first stood in the country, but gradually the city moved closer and closer. more...
Amazon Says: The little house first stood in the country, but gradually the city moved closer and closer. less...
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Hattie and the Wild Waves by Barbara Cooney
Amazon Says: A young girl from Brooklyn, New York enjoys her summer at the beach where she can paint and listen to the wild waves. more...
Amazon Says: A young girl from Brooklyn, New York enjoys her summer at the beach where she can paint and listen to the wild waves. less...
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Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Amazon Says: A beloved classic is lovelier than ever! Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the w more...
Amazon Says: A beloved classic is lovelier than ever! Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award in the year of publication. To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of two-time Caldecott winner Barbara Cooney's best-loved book, Viking has reoriginated the illustrations, going back to the original art to ensure state-of-the-art reproduction of Cooney's exquisite artwork. The art for Miss Rumphius has a permanent home in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. less...
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Amazon Says: In South Africa, a young black boy shares a special day with his grandmother when they go into the city on a shopping trip. more...
Amazon Says: In South Africa, a young black boy shares a special day with his grandmother when they go into the city on a shopping trip. less...
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Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
Amazon Says: Winner of the 2011 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award! In a brilliant collaboration, best-selling authors Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, along with acclaimed illustrator Tony Fu more...
Amazon Says: Winner of the 2011 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award! In a brilliant collaboration, best-selling authors Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, along with acclaimed illustrator Tony Fucile, introduce an outrageously funny pair of friends. (All Ages) Meet Bink and Gollie, two precocious little girls—one tiny, one tall, and both utterly irrepressible. Setting out from their super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures involving painfully bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion. No matter where their roller skates take them, at the end of the day they will always be the very best of friends. Full of quick-witted repartee, this brainchild of Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and award-winning author Alison McGhee is a hilarious ode to exuberance and camaraderie, imagination and adventure, brought to life through the delightfully kinetic images of Tony Fucile. less...
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Pigs from A to Z by Arthur Geisert
Amazon Says: Seven piglets cavort through a landscape of hidden letters as they build a treehouse. more...
Amazon Says: Seven piglets cavort through a landscape of hidden letters as they build a treehouse. less...
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Friends by Helme Heine
Amazon Says: "Good friends always stick together. That's what Charlie Rooster, Johnny Mouse and fat Percy, the pig, always said -- and that was what they did all day long. First they woke more...
Amazon Says: "Good friends always stick together. That's what Charlie Rooster, Johnny Mouse and fat Percy, the pig, always said -- and that was what they did all day long. First they woke the other animals in the barn; then they went off adventuring on their bicycle, along the roughest paths and up the steepest cliffs, quite fearlessly. One day they stopped by the village pond to play hide-and-seek. Hiding in the tall grass, Johnny Mouse discovered an old boat. The three friends decided to play pirate and later turned to fishing. When they failed to catch any fish, they went off and picked cherries to satisfy their hunger. By nightfall, they were tired and ready to sleep, but they wanted to stay together. Only disaster resulted from their attempts first to spend the night in Johnny Mouse's house, next in fat Percy's pigsty and finally in Charlie Rooster's henhouse! But though they had to sleep in their own beds, they dreamed of each other, the way true friends do. This is a joyful book, an exhilarating celebration of friendship. Its lovely, fresh watercolor paintings by the author/artist, Helme Heine, who is widely known for his earlier book, The Pigs Wedding, are filled with carefree exuberance, childlike humor and an irresistible sense of happy sharing that will captivate young and old. This is a treasure not to be missed. less...
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Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban
Amazon Says: The big hand of the clock is at 12.The little hand is at 7.It is seven o' clock.It is bedtime for Frances.It may be bedtime for Frances, but before Frances c more...
Amazon Says: The big hand of the clock is at 12.The little hand is at 7.It is seven o' clock.It is bedtime for Frances.It may be bedtime for Frances, but before Frances can sleep, she needs a glass of milk, a kiss from Father, one from Mother, her teddy bear, her doll, another kiss from Father, and another one from Mother. And then there are tigers and giants and ominous cracks in the ceiling to keep her up. Will Frances ever go to sleep? less...
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My People by Langston Hughes
Amazon Says: Langston Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribue to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in more...
Amazon Says: Langston Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribue to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today. less...
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Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
Amazon Says: The Fox is after Rosie, but Rosie doesn't know it. Unwittingly, she leads him into one disaster after the other, each funnier than the last. To enjoy Rosie's walk as much as R more...
Amazon Says: The Fox is after Rosie, but Rosie doesn't know it. Unwittingly, she leads him into one disaster after the other, each funnier than the last. To enjoy Rosie's walk as much as Rosie does, just look inside! less...
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Tidy Titch by Pat Hutchins
Amazon Says: When Mary and Peter decide to get rid of the toys, books, and games they have outgrown, Titch finds the perfect place for them--his room. "Deliciously funny...Spare, deftly tu more...
Amazon Says: When Mary and Peter decide to get rid of the toys, books, and games they have outgrown, Titch finds the perfect place for them--his room. "Deliciously funny...Spare, deftly tuned dialogue and the colorful illustrations quietly amplify the humor."--Kirkus Reviews. less...
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Black Magic by Dinah Johnson
Amazon Says: Black is a look, a taste, a speed, an emotion. It's the surprising stripes on a zebra, the taste of dark chocolate, the scary, exciting feeling of going inside a tunnel, and a more...
Amazon Says: Black is a look, a taste, a speed, an emotion. It's the surprising stripes on a zebra, the taste of dark chocolate, the scary, exciting feeling of going inside a tunnel, and a mother's voice as her daughter falls asleep. In this celebration of the African American spirit, Dinah Johnson and R. Gregory Christie paint a picture of "black" that is vivid, varied, and proud. less...
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Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
Amazon Says: The award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends from the Caledcott Medal-winning author, Ezra Jack Keats. Peter has a new baby sister. First his f more...
Amazon Says: The award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends from the Caledcott Medal-winning author, Ezra Jack Keats. Peter has a new baby sister. First his father paints Peter’s old cradle pink, then his crib. Then his parents want to paint Peter’s chair! “Let’s run away, Willie,” he says to his dog. And they do. This is a gentle and reassuring story about sibling rivalry. "A more charming or contemporary child than Peter . . . is hard to bring to mind."--School Library Journal less...
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Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Amazon Says: Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it . With more than 100,000 copies sold, this classic picture book is now available in a sturdy board book that little one more...
Amazon Says: Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it . With more than 100,000 copies sold, this classic picture book is now available in a sturdy board book that little ones will love holding in their own two hands. Smart, simple and funny, it offers a hilarious choice—and one readers of all ages will rejoice in making. less...
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This Quiet Lady by Charlotte Zolotow
Amazon Says: What was your mother like as a little girl? How did she look in school? What did she do before you were born? Follow along as one girl joyously searches through old pictures t more...
Amazon Says: What was your mother like as a little girl? How did she look in school? What did she do before you were born? Follow along as one girl joyously searches through old pictures to find out. Generations will be inspired to share family history as they treasure this book together. less...
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William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow
Amazon Says: "An excellent book about a boy named William who wants the forbidden—a doll. The long-awaited realistic handling of this theme makes it a landmark book."—School Library Jo more...
Amazon Says: "An excellent book about a boy named William who wants the forbidden—a doll. The long-awaited realistic handling of this theme makes it a landmark book."—School Library JournalMore than anything, William wants a doll. “Don’t be a creep,” says his brother. “Sissy, sissy,” chants the boy next door. Then one day someone really understands William’s wish, and make it easy for others to understand, too. William gets a doll, so he can learn to be a loving parent someday.Written by beloved author Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by Newbery Medal-winning author and Caldecott Honor Book illustrator William Pène du Bois, William’s Doll was published in 1972 and was one of the first picture books to deal with gender stereotypes. less...
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