Sunday, February 17, 2019

Children’s Picture Books: All-Time Top 50

First posted 2/17/2019.

image from delawarelibrary.org

These are the top 50 children’s pictures books based on an aggregate of more than 20 best-of lists focused on children’s books and children’s picture books and more than 60 general best-of-books lists (see sources here). Words and pictures are both by the same person unless noted otherwise (w = words, p = pictures).

  1. Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are (1964)
  2. Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969)
  3. Margaret Wise Brown (w)/ Clement Hurd (p) Goodnight Moon (1947)
  4. Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat (1957)
  5. Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham (1960)
  6. Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree (1964)
  7. Ezra Jack Keats The Snowy Day (1962)
  8. Beatrix Potter The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1901)
  9. Robert McCloskey Make Way for Ducklings (1941)
  10. Don Freeman Corduroy (1976)

  11. Judith Viorst (w)/Ray Cruz (p) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (1972)
  12. P.D. Eastman Go, Dog, Go! (1961)
  13. Crockett Johnson Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955)
  14. H.A. & Margaret Rey Curious George (1941)
  15. Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline (1939)
  16. Esphyr Slobdkina Caps for Sales (1947)
  17. Jon Scieszka (w)/Lane Smith (p) The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (1989)
  18. Dr. Seuss The Lorax (1971)
  19. Russell Hoban (w)/Lillian Hoban (p) Bread and Jam for Frances (1964)
  20. Harry Allard (w)/James Marshall (p) Miss Nelson Is Missing! (1977)

  21. Ian Falconer Olivia (2000)
  22. Munro Leaf (w)/Robert Lawson (p) The Story of Ferdinand 1936)
  23. Laura Numeroff (w)/Felicia Bond (p) If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985)
  24. Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault (w)/Lois Ehlert (p) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (1989)
  25. Philip C. Stead A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2010)
  26. William Steig Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1969)
  27. Robert Munsch (w)/Sheila McGraw (p) Love You Forever (1986)
  28. Shel Silverstein Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974)
  29. Dr. Seuss Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990)
  30. P.D. Eastman Are You My Mother? (1960)

  31. Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1964)
  32. Jean de Brunhoff The Story of Babar (1933)
  33. David Shannon No, David! (1998)
  34. Bill Martin Jr. (w)/Eric Carle (p) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1967)
  35. Wanda Gag Millions of Cats (1928)
  36. David Wiesner Tuesday (1991)
  37. Allen Say Grandfather’s Journey (1993)
  38. Sam McBratney (w)/Anita Jeram (p) Guess How Much I Love You (1994)
  39. Watty Piper (w)/George & Doris Hauman (p) The Little Engine That Could (1930)
  40. Dr. Seuss One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960)

  41. Dr. Suess Hop on Pop (1963)
  42. Judi Barrett (w)/Ron Barrett (p) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1978)
  43. Doreen Cronin (w)/Betsy Lewin (p) Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (2000)
  44. Robert McCloskey Blueberries for Sal (1948)
  45. Virginia Lee Burton Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (1939)
  46. Chris Van Allsburg The Polar Express (1985)
  47. Gene Zion (w)/Margaret Bloy Graham (p) Harry the Dirty Dog (1956)
  48. Jan Brett The Mitten (1989)
  49. Virginia Lee Burton The Little House (1942)
  50. Peggy Rathmann Good Night, Gorilla (1994)