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Finding The Best Picture Books Ever Written

Started With Most Of The Award Winning Books From

Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, Pura Belpre, Sibert, Theodor Seuss Geisel & Young Hoosier.

Then Added Titles From Top Sources Like

BuzzFeed, DaddyRead, Delightful Childrens Books, Education World, Goodnet, Goodreads, Huffington Post, National Public Radio, New York Times, Playful Learning, Positively Positive, Publishers Weekly, Scholastic, School Library Journal, TeachersFirst, Time & Timeout.

Research Sources

Award Sites

Caldecott Medal Winners

Coretta Scott King Award Winners

Newbery Medal Winners

Pura Belpre Award Winners

Sibert Medal Winners

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winners and honor books, 2006 - present

Young Hoosier Book Award

Media Sites

A Mighty Girl - Top Children's Books on the Environment

Advocate - 21 LGBT Picture Books Every Kid Should Read

Art of Simple - 10 Picture Books that Teach Important Life Lessons


Brainchild - Ten Picture Books that Will Always Stay on my Shelf

Brain Power Boy - Best Books for Boys

Brain Pickings - The Best Children’s Books of 2014

Brightly/Penguin Random House - 2016 Picture Book Preview

Bust - 12 Empowering Children's Books To Add To Little Girls' Bookshelves

Bustle - 25 Of The Most Banned Children's Books Of The Past 25 Years, Because All Those Picture Books Could Be Dangerous, Y'all

BuzzFeed - The 23 Best Picture Books Of 2014

Celebrate Picture Books - Inspirational Books For Children

Children’s Books Guide - Top 100 Children’s Books of All-Time

Children’s Books Guide - 100 Most Inspiring Children’s Books

Childrens Picture Books - Introducing Music Education with Picture Books

Colour of Us - 26 Multicultural Picture Books about Inspiring Women & Girls

DaddyRead: Read Aloud Picture Books (second grade and up)

DaddyRead: Read Aloud Preschool Picture Books

DaddyRead: Read Aloud Toddler Picture Books

Dan Derose - Kindergarten to Grade 2 Summer Reading List

Delightful Childrens Books - 10 Books to Capture Your Baby’s Attention

Delightful Childrens Books - 15 More Fantastic Books for Kids Learning to Read

Delightful Childrens Books - 20 Fantastic Books for Kids Learning to Read

Delightful Childrens Books - 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books

Delightful Childrens Books - 7 First Stories to Share with Your Toddler

Delightful Childrens Books - Introducing Children to Books, Part I - For Babies

Dream Fearlessly - 26 Books to Inspire Kids to Dream Bigger

Education World - Picture Books Help Kids Handle Anger and Bullying

Friendship Circle - 5 Great Picture Books for Children with Attention Disorders and Low Frustration Tolerance

GeekWrapped - Science Books for Kids

Goodnet - 25 Children’s Books to Teach Your Kids Meaningful Values

Goodreads - Best Picture Books 2015

Goodreads - Popular Reading Rainbow Books

Here Wee Read - The Ultimate List of 2016 Children’s Picture & Board Books!

Huffington Post - Best Picture Books of 2015

Humane Education - 14 Children’s Picture Books Exploring Race and Racism

Jbrary - 2016 Picture Books Preview!


KQED - 15 Picture Books That Support Children’s Spatial Skills Development

Monroe County Public Library - Character Traits and Social Skills

Mothers Niche - Children’s Books That Teach Important Life Lessons

National Public Radio - 8 Picture Books That Make Us Wish We Were Kids Again

New York Times - Children’s Picture Books

Next City - Teach Kids About Life in the Big City With These 10 Great Picture Books

Noodle - Teach Mindfulness to Kids with These 10 Picture Books

Patheos - 12 Best Philosophical Picture Books for Kids


Playing By The Book - 49 Brilliant Picture Books from the Past 5 Years as Chosen by Award Winning Illustrators

Positively Positive - 50 Inspiring Children’s Books with a Positive Message

Publishers Weekly - The Most Anticipated Children’s and Young Adult Books of Fall 2016

Reach Out and Read - Scholastic

Reading is Fundamental - Blog

Real Simple - 8 Iconic Children’s Book Authors Reveal Their Favorite Picture Books

Scholastic - Teachers' Picks: Top 25 Picture Books

School Library Journal - Blog - Some of the Best Picture Books of 2016 Thus Far (Mid-Year Summary)

School Library Journal - Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)

TeachersFirst Celebrates the Very Best Books and Ideas to Promote Literacy

Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's Kindergarten Canon: The 100 Best Children's Books


Timeout - The Best Kids' Books of All Time for Families


Library Sites - General Picture Booklists

Fairfax Library Classics - then hit classics

Fairfax Library - I Like Picture Books About... - then hit I Like Picture Books - Timberland Regional Library - 100 Books Every Child Should Hear Before Starting School - Montgomery County Library - Suggested Reading for Babies and Toddlers

Fairfax Library - Booklist for Birth to Age 2

Fairfax Library - Booklist for Age 2 to 3

Fairfax Library - Booklist for Age 3 to 5

Allen County Library - Great Books for Babies

Allen County Library - Great Books for Preschoolers

Allen County Library - Great Books for Toddlers

Allen County Library - Storytime Read-Alouds - Baby Read-Alouds

Allen County Library - Storytime Read-Alouds - PreK Read-Alouds

Allen County Library - Toddler Read-Alouds

Plymouth Library - Grade 1 - Terrific Reads

Plymouth Library - Grade 2 - Terrific Reads

Plymouth Library - Grade 3 - Terrific Reads

Monroe County Library - Bright Beginnings Booklist: Babies (0-23 months)

Monroe County Library - Bright Beginnings Booklist: Toddlers (2-3 years)

Monroe County Library - Bright Beginnings Booklist: Preschoolers (4-5 years)

New York Public Library - 100 Great Children’s Books | 100 Years

Monroe County Library - Too-Good-to-Miss Books: 1st Grade

Indiana Library Federation - Read Aloud Books

Indiana Library Federation - 2017 Read Aloud

Indiana Library Federation - 2015 Read Aloud

Indiana Library Federation - 2013-2015 Read Aloud

Indiana Library Federation - 2011-2012 Read Aloud New York Public Library - 100 Great Children’s Books | 100 Years

Timberland Regional Library, WA - 100 Books Every Child Should Hear Before Starting School

Recommended books from ALSC (The Association for Library Service to Children)

Notable (ALSC)

American Library Association - Notable Children's Books - 2016

Great Early Elementary Reads book list (ALSC)

Books & Articles

The Brain Power Story Hour: Higher Order Thinking with Picture Books

Brain Power Through Picture Books: Help Children Develop with Books That Stimulate Specific Parts of Their Minds / Abe Books - Nancy Polette

Children's Book Review - How Picture Books Play A Role In A Child’s Development

NY Times - Bedtime Stories for Young-Brains

Random House Kids - Six Reasons Why Picture Books Matter

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