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100+ Essential Picture Books for Children-Part 2

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.


Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Amazon Says: In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room -- to the picture of the more...
Amazon Says: In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room -- to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to themittens and the kittens, toeverything one by one -- the little bunny says goodnight. In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day. less...
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Amazon Says: THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your more...
Amazon Says: THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life? Carle's classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a eautiful butterfly has been reissued in a sumptuous twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a shiny, silver-coated cover and wonderfully thick, durably pages. —The Horn Book "The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child's heart..." —Mother's Manual "Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..." —The New York Times Book Review Watch a Video   less...
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Freight Train by Donald Crews
Amazon Says: Red caboose at the back, orange tank car, green cattle car, purple box car, black tender and a black steam engine . . . freight train.The powerful words evoke the essence of i more...
Amazon Says: Red caboose at the back, orange tank car, green cattle car, purple box car, black tender and a black steam engine . . . freight train.The powerful words evoke the essence of inexorably rolling wheels, so that even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he has watched a freight train passing. A book truly for the youngest child—and for every one of us who has been that child. less...
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Amazon Says: Join the Cat in the Hat as he makes learning to read a joy! It’s a rainy day and Dick and Sally can’t find anything to do . . . until the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appea more...
Amazon Says: Join the Cat in the Hat as he makes learning to read a joy! It’s a rainy day and Dick and Sally can’t find anything to do . . . until the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears and turns their dreary afternoon into a fun-filled extravaganza! This beloved Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss, which also features timeless Dr. Seuss characters such as Fish and Thing 1 and Thing 2, is fun to read aloud and easy to read alone. less...
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Amazon Says: Caldecott Award-winning author-artist Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to chase away their nighttime fears. Kids can turn the pages of this die-cut book a more...
Amazon Says: Caldecott Award-winning author-artist Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to chase away their nighttime fears. Kids can turn the pages of this die-cut book and watch the Big Green Monster grow. Then, when they're ready to show him who's in charge, they'll turn the remaining pages and watch him disappear! This lavish reissue features dramatic die-cut eyes and sparkling foil on the cover. less...
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Corduroy by Don Freeman
Amazon Says: Don Freeman's classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene over thirty years ago. These favorite titles are ready more...
Amazon Says: Don Freeman's classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene over thirty years ago. These favorite titles are ready for another generation of children to love. less...
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Colors Everywhere by Tana Hoban
Amazon Says: "In this wordless picture book....Attention-grabbing color photographs float in the middle of each page, accompanied by a color graph that pictorially represents the proportio more...
Amazon Says: "In this wordless picture book....Attention-grabbing color photographs float in the middle of each page, accompanied by a color graph that pictorially represents the proportions of the various colors found in each picture. The result is an engaging color game with many uses. Very young children will enjoy naming the pictured objects, while older readers will be drawn into exploring the colors' varying tones. A book children will come back to over and over." -- Horn Book. less...
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Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Amazon Says: One evening Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. But there wasn't any moon, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately, he had brought his more...
Amazon Says: One evening Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. But there wasn't any moon, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately, he had brought his purple crayon. So he drew a moon. He also needed something to walk on. So he drew a path...And thus begins one of the most imaginative and enchanting adventures in all of children's books. The creative concept behind this beloved story has intrigued children and kept them absorbed for generations, as page by page unfolds the dramatic and clever adventures of Harold and his purple crayon. less...
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Alison's Zinnia by Anita Lobel
Amazon Says: Alison acquired an Amaryllis for Beryl. Beryl bought a Bergonia for Crystal. Crystal cut a Chrysanthemum for Dawn. And so it went until Yolansa yanked a Yucca for Zena, who ze more...
Amazon Says: Alison acquired an Amaryllis for Beryl. Beryl bought a Bergonia for Crystal. Crystal cut a Chrysanthemum for Dawn. And so it went until Yolansa yanked a Yucca for Zena, who zeroed in on a Zinnia for Alison...Anita Lobel's dazzling flower paintings glow with life and turn an original and witty alphabet book into a magnificent floral display for all ages.Alison acquired an Amaryllis for Beryl. Beryl bought a Begonia for Crystal. Crystal cut a Chrysanthemum for Dawn.And so it went, until Yolanda yanked a Yucca for Zena, who zeroed in on a Zinnia for Alison ...Anita Lobel's dazzling flower paintings glow with life and turn an original and witty alphabet book into a magnificent floral display for all ages. less...
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Amazon Says: One summer day Toad was unhappy. He had lost the white, fourholed, big, round, thick button from his jacket. Who helped him look for it? His best friend, Frog. Another day, Fr more...
Amazon Says: One summer day Toad was unhappy. He had lost the white, fourholed, big, round, thick button from his jacket. Who helped him look for it? His best friend, Frog. Another day, Frog was unhappy. He was sick in bed and looking green. Who gave him some tea and told him a story? His best friend, Toad.From the first enchanting story to the last, these five adventures of two best friends are packed with excitement, gaiety, and tender affection. Children will find this book delightful to read and beautiful to look at, either story by story, or from cover to cover. less...
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George and Martha by James Marshall
Amazon Says: Two lovable hippos teach the meaning of friendship in five separate vignettes: "Split Pea Soup," "The Flying Machine," "The Tub," "The Mirror," "The Tooth." more...
Amazon Says: Two lovable hippos teach the meaning of friendship in five separate vignettes: "Split Pea Soup," "The Flying Machine," "The Tub," "The Mirror," "The Tooth." less...
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Amazon Says: With more than two million copies sold, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? has opened up a world of learning to a generation of children. For this edition, created for t more...
Amazon Says: With more than two million copies sold, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? has opened up a world of learning to a generation of children. For this edition, created for the twenty-fifth anniversay in 1992, Bill Martin, Jr., restored his text to its original wording. And Eric Carle created all new pictures--based on the originals, but clearer, brighter, and truer to the colors they represent. Bill Martin has been devoted to writing children's books for more than thirty years. He has a Ph.D. in early childhood education and he has long been a proponent of using rhyme and rhythm to teach young children how to read. Eric Carle, illustrator of many beloved children's books, was born in the United States, but spent his early years in Stuttgart, Germany, where he studied art and design at the Academy of Applied Art. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the first book he illustrated. less...
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Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Amazon Says: Meet Little Bear, a friend to millions of children. And meet Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her. When it is cold and snowy outside, she finds just the ri more...
Amazon Says: Meet Little Bear, a friend to millions of children. And meet Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her. When it is cold and snowy outside, she finds just the right outfit for Little Bear to play in. When he goes to the moon, she has a hot lunch waiting for him on his return. And, of course, she never forgets his birthday. This classic from Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak was written in 1957 and remains as beloved today as it was then. An ALA Notable Children's Book, this Level One I Can Read is full of warm and lovingly playful stories that are perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. Supports the Common Core State Standards less...
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Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka
Amazon Says: Two strangers on a street meet. One boy starts with Yo! more...
Amazon Says: Two strangers on a street meet. One boy starts with Yo! less...
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Amazon Says: Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge. more...
Amazon Says: Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge. less...
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All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
Amazon Says: All the world is here. It is there. It is everywhere. All the world is right where you are. Now. Following a circle of family and friends through the cours more...
Amazon Says: All the world is here. It is there. It is everywhere. All the world is right where you are. Now. Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky less...
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First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Amazon Says: WHICH CAME FIRST?  The chicken or the egg?  Simple die-cuts magically present transformation-- from seed to flower, tadpole to frog, caterpillar to butterfly. The acclaimed more...
Amazon Says: WHICH CAME FIRST?  The chicken or the egg?  Simple die-cuts magically present transformation-- from seed to flower, tadpole to frog, caterpillar to butterfly. The acclaimed author of  Black? White! Day? Night! and Lemons Are Not Red gives an entirely fresh and  memorable presentation to the concepts of transformation and creatiity.  Seed becomes flower, paint becomes picture, word becomes story--and the commonplace becomes extraordinary as children look through and turn the pages of this novel and winning book. First the Egg is a 2008 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. less...
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A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
Amazon Says: The Best Sick Day Ever and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sort more...
Amazon Says: The Best Sick Day Ever and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor. less...
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A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry
Amazon Says: "Trees are very nice," says Janice May Udry in her first book for children. She goes on to explain that even one tree is nice, if it is the only one you happen to have.Some of more...
Amazon Says: "Trees are very nice," says Janice May Udry in her first book for children. She goes on to explain that even one tree is nice, if it is the only one you happen to have.Some of the reasons why trees are so good to have around are funny. Some are indisputable facts. But in all of them there is a sense of poetic simplicity and beauty which will be sure to entrance any young child. Whether he knows one tree or many, he will relish the descriptions of the delights to be had in, with, or under a tree.Marc Simont's joyous pictures, half of them in full color, accentuate the child-like charm of the words. And each painting of a tree or trees shows just how very nice they can be. less...
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Lyle at the Office by Bernard Waber
Amazon Says: When Lyle the Crocodile visits Mr. Primm's advertising office, he has tons of fun and makes lots of friends. He also gets Mr. Primm fired. However, Lyle manages to save Mr. Pr more...
Amazon Says: When Lyle the Crocodile visits Mr. Primm's advertising office, he has tons of fun and makes lots of friends. He also gets Mr. Primm fired. However, Lyle manages to save Mr. Primm's career when he rescues the boss, Mr. Bigg, from the local haunted house. less...
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Tuesday by David Wiesner
Amazon Says: The unpredictable events of a particular Tuesday unroll before the reader with the precision and clarity of a silent movie. A Caldecott Medal book. more...
Amazon Says: The unpredictable events of a particular Tuesday unroll before the reader with the precision and clarity of a silent movie. A Caldecott Medal book. less...
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A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
Amazon Says: The jar of coins is full. The day has come to buy the chair - the big, fat, comforable, wonderful chair they have been saving for. The chair that will replace the one that was more...
Amazon Says: The jar of coins is full. The day has come to buy the chair - the big, fat, comforable, wonderful chair they have been saving for. The chair that will replace the one that was burned up - along with everything else - in the terrible fire.A book of love and tenderness filled with the affirmation of life. less...
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The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Amazon Says: A cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing--WAIT! There's a surprise in store, and little ones will want to discover it over and over again. So p more...
Amazon Says: A cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing--WAIT! There's a surprise in store, and little ones will want to discover it over and over again. So pull on your sleeping cap and snuggle in for a timeless cumulative tale that's truly like no other. Don and Audrey Wood's beloved picture book has sold more than one and a half million copies. To celebrate its birthday, the original hardcover book now has a fresh new design for both the jacket and interior, and the reproduction of the illustrations has been enhanced to better match the original artwork. A CD is tucked into a sleeve on the inside the front cover. The music, originally produced in 1989, is based on the book and was written and performed by children's musicians Carl and Jennifer Shaylen. The CD begins with a reading of the story and follows with six original songs that are just as fun, jaunty, and sweet as the book itself. less...
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Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
Amazon Says: Bold primary colors help depict the seven blind mice as they each set out to investigate the elephant that is standing near the pond. more...
Amazon Says: Bold primary colors help depict the seven blind mice as they each set out to investigate the elephant that is standing near the pond. less...
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Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Amazon Says: There's never been another dog as delightful–or dirty–as Harry. This lovable white dog with black spots (or black dog with white spots) has charmed children for fifty ye more...
Amazon Says: There's never been another dog as delightful–or dirty–as Harry. This lovable white dog with black spots (or black dog with white spots) has charmed children for fifty years, and we are celebrating with an anniversary edition. This childhood favourite is perfect for reading aloud before going to bed or avoiding a bath. less...
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