Special Picture Books

This is my “best of the best” picture book list. There is something special about these selections. These are the books I reach for when I need a great book to start a conversation with kids, think about what really matters, or read for just pure joy. I have read them aloud, to myself, to groups of children, in classrooms, in bed, on the couch…basically everywhere in every way and they are not yet old or stale.They are true treasures and would be perfect for your child’s library. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments below, I’d love to add to this list!

Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger

This beautiful book shows how one man creates a moon out of a single pearl. The pictures will leave you swooning. The feel of the book is calm and dreamy, leaving you and your child ready for a peaceful sleep.

The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant

This is a story about opening your heart after loss. I cry every time I read it. One day I read it over 10 times to a different class of students each time. Every time I read it that day my eyes welled with tears and I choked on my words. Such a loving message for children to ponder at all ages, and the meaning changes over time as children learn more and grow. This is a book that has an evolving life lesson.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolan

Set on a night when the moon illuminates the world, this book will get you thinking about what special adventures you are making for your kids. This is a perfect winter read.

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

A lesson on leaving the world more beautiful than you left it, this book is a true lesson for all of us to focus on the little things, because they are in fact the big things.

Acorn Alone

I love this story of an acorn who finds himself firmly planted after a troublesome journey. It is the story of resilience in nature.

Lois Ehlert Books

All of Ehlert’s books are beautifully written and embedded in nature. You really can’t go wrong with the engaging pictures and thoughtful storylines. My favorites include Red Leaf Yellow Leaf, Planting a Rainbow, Leaf Man, and Feathers for Lunch. Many are great board books too! The pictures are brightly contrasted which is perfect for baby’s eyes.

Checkout the Love Learning Project Bookstore for more recommendations!

One thought on “Special Picture Books

  1. Thanks for the book recommendations. I love seeing some of your choices are already part of my “grandbaby library”! I look forward to more posts!

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