Monday, September 14, 2009

Story Time Picture Books

It's my turn this week to read to preschoolers during Story Time at my local public library. See what happened my first day here.

I recently solicited picture book recommendations from professional writers and illustrators in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia--either their own work or their favorites, which sometimes happen to coincide. :-) Thanks to all of the members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Southern Breeze Region, who responded. I haven't made a decision about what to read yet, but the list, below and in no particular order, is well worth keeping. It should be a great study resource for the pre-published writer (yours truly) as well as for moms with preschoolers.

And by the way, you can find ALL of these books on Amazon.
  • All of the Dr. Seuss books
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. & Eric Carle
  • What Makes You Giggle? by P. J. Shaw and Tom Brannon
  • Abby Cadabby's Rhyme Time by P. J. Shaw and Tom Leigh
  • Spooky Sleepout! by Eric Suben, P. J. Shaw, and Joe Ewers
  • Look Both Ways: A Cautionary Tale by Diane Z. Shore, Jessica Alexander, and Teri Weidner
  • Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (2 votes)
  • The Wide Mouth Frog by Keith Faulkner and Jonathan Lambert
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jan Ormerod and Lindsey Gardiner
  • Almost all books by Eric Carle
  • Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  • Little Penguin’s Tale by Audrey Wood
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
  • Shaping Up the Year, Tracey M. Cox and Samantha Bell
  • If You Give (a Moose, a Mouse).... series, by Laura Joffe Numeroffand Felicia Bond
  • If You Give a Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond<
  • The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
  • A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Agatha's Feather Bed by Carmen Agra Deedyand Laura L. Seeley
  • A Fly Went By by Mike McClintock
  • Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog by Mini Grey
  • The Stray Dog by Marc Simont
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin (2 votes)
  • Olivia by Ian Falconer
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad, No Good Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz
  • Trosclair & the Alligator by Peter Huggins and Lindsey Gardiner


  1. I remember loving Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad, No Good Day. Only, I remember it as the "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day." Hmmmm.

  2. Very good list. The greatest childrens book of all time, King of Ireland's Son, is available for free download at AMAZON.COM. All of Padraig's books rock, all are I believe free for download.