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Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl invited us to share our top ten bookish wishes in honor of her birthday today. (Happy birthday, Jana!) Since my husband and I travel constantly with his job, I try not to buy books; I’ve chosen to post my top ten picture books from my childhood instead. I was born in 1978 so most of these will be from the early ’80s or earlier. Are you ready for a trip to the past? (Fun fact: I still own most of these.)
Little Mouse on the Prairie by Stephen Cosgrove, illustrated by Robin James–This creative team has written countless books in the Serendipity series but this was the first one I ever owned. I think I got it in a Scholastic book fair grab bag in kindergarten. These gentle, beautifully illustrated stories always end with an important lesson. I’m still collecting them to this day, more than 35 years later.
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone, illustrated by Michael J. Smollin–We all love this book, right? Right? It’s the perfect read aloud. I’m sure many relatives read it to me but for some reason, I mostly remember my youngest aunt reading it with gusto!
The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell, illustrated by Sergio Leone–It feels like Christmas when I bring this meaningful little book out.
Frog and Toad Are Friends, written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel–I had several of the Frog and Toad books and loved them all. My mom even got me a new, related poetry collection a few years ago, The Frogs and Toads All Sang.
Little Miss Splendid, written and illustrated by Roger Hargreaves–True story. You will never be friends with some people. Another little girl and I disliked each other from the moment we started school and that hasn’t changed yet. I thought she was a little “too big for her britches” as we say in the South. So I was complaining about her to my family one day and in a moment of brilliance, I called her Little Miss Splendid and the name has stuck! (I only used the nickname around my family.) This isn’t my favorite of the Mr. Men/Little Miss books but it’s definitely the one that made a lasting impression!
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak–I don’t actually remember much about this one but I know I loved it.
The Unbouncing of Tigger by A. A. Milne, illustrated by the Walt Disney Company–I generally prefer Eeyore over Tigger but this book was a lot of fun to read as a kid.
The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Alice Provensen and Martin Provensen–Name a Little Golden Book published up until about 1988 and I probably loved it. This was one of my favorites though.
Crick-Ette by Stephen Cosgrove, illustrated by Charles Reasoner–More Stephen Cosgrove but he worked with a different illustrator for this series. This book is the only one from the Bugg series that I ever read but it’s well-worn now.
Say Hello, Vanessa by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, illustrated by Lillian Hoban–As a shy girl, I definitely related to Vanessa.
That’s my list! Have you read any of these? What were your favorite picture books as a child? Link up every Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl!
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