Saturday, December 3, 2011

My Favorite 100 Children's Picture Books

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Jeanne Baker's Mirror.
  1. Alarcón, Francisco X. 2005. Poems to Dream Together/ Poemas para soñar juntos. Illustrated by Paula Barragán. NY: Lee & Low Books.
  2. Amado, Elisa. 2007. Tricycle. Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
  3. Aruego, Jose. 2002. Weird Friends: Unlikely Allies in the Animal Kingdom. Illustrated by Ariane Dewey. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.
  4. Baker, Jeanne. 2010. Mirror. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.
  5. ------------------. 2005. The Hidden Forest. NY: Walker Books.
  6. Bial, Raymond. 2000. A Handful of Dirt. NY: Walker.
  7. Bley, Annette. 2007. And What Comes After a Thousand? La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller.
  8. Brenner, Barbara. 1996. Thinking About Ants. Illustrated by Carol Schwartz. NY: Mondo Press.
  9. Browne, Anthony. 2003. The Shape Game. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  10. Bruchac, Joseph. 2000. Crazy Horse’s Vision. Illustrated by S. D. Nelson. New York: Lee & Low.
  11. Bruchac, Joseph (Abenaki) & Jonathan London. 1992. Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back. Illustrated by Thomas Locker. NY: Philomel.
    S.D. Nelson Illustrator. From Crazy Horse's Vision.
  13. Buchmann, Stephen & Diana Cohn. 2007. The Bee Tree. Illustrated by Paul Mirocha. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
  14. Burleigh, Robert.  2006. Tiger of the Snows: Tenzing Norgay: The Boy Whose Dream Was Everest. Illustrated by Ed Young. New York: Atheneum Books.
  15. Campbell, Nicola (Interior Salish & Metis Ancestory). 2005. Shi-Shi-etko. Illustrated by Kim LaFave. Toronto: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press.
  16. Chen, Chin-Yuan. 2003. On My Way To Buy Eggs. La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller Book Publishers.
  17. Chin, Jason. 2009. Redwoods. NY: Flash Point.
  18. Cobb, Vicki. 2004. I Fall Down. Illustrated by Julia Gorton. NY: HarperCollins.
  19. Cohn, Diana. 2002. ¡Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. Illustrated by Francisco Delgado. El Paso: Cinco Puntos Press.
  20. Collier, Bryan. 2004. Uptown. NY: Henry Holt.
  21. Crews, Donald. 1993. Shortcut. New York: Mulberry Books.
  22. Croza, Laurel. 2010. I Know Here. Illustrated by Matt James. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
  23. Duggleby, John. 1998. Story Painter: The Life of Jacob Lawrence. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle.
    Matt James's illustration from I Know Here.
  25. Erdrich, Louise (Chippewa). 1999. Grandmother's Pigeons. Illustrated by Jim LaMarche. NY: Hyperion.
  26. Figueredo, D.H. 1999. When this World Was New. Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez. New York: Lee & Low Books.
  27. Forman, Ruth. 2007. Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon. Illustrated by Cbabi Bayoc. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.
  28. Garay, Luis. 1997. The Long Road. Toronto: Tundra Books.
  29. Gerstein, Mordicai. 2002. What Charlie Heard. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  30. Giovanni, Nikki. 2005. Rosa. Illustrations by Bryan Collier. NY: Henry Holt.
  31. Mordicai Gerstein's What Charlie Saw.
  32. Girmay, Aracelis. 2005. Changing, Changing. NY: George Braziller.
  33. Goldberg, Dana (ed). 2007. On My Block: Stories and Paintings by Fifteen Artists.  San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press.
  34. Gollub, Matthew. 1998. Cool Melons - Turn to Frogs: The Life and Poems of Issa. Illustrations by Kazuko G. Stone. NY: Lee & Low.
  35. Gunning, Monica. 2004. A Shelter in Our Car. Illustrated by Elaine Pedlar. San Francisco: Children's Book Press.
  36. Greenfield, Eloise. 2006. When The Horses Ride By: Children in the Time of War. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. NY: Lee & Low.
  37. Herrera, Juan Felipe. 2003. Super Cilantro Girl/La Supernina del Cilantro. Illustrated by Honori Robledo Tapia. San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press.
  38. Hinojosa, Tish. 2004. Cada Niño / Every Child: A Bilingual Songbook for Kids (English and Spanish Edition). Illustrated by Lucia Angela Perez. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
  39. Chris Raschka, illustrator for Skin Again.
  40. hooks, bell. 2004. Skin Again. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. NY: Jump at the Sun.       
  41. Iyengar, Malathi Michelle. 2009. Tan to Tamarind. Illustrated by Jamel Akib. San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press. 
  42. Johnson, Angela. 2003. I Dream of Trains. Illustrated by Loren Long. NY: Simon & Schuster.
  43. Joosse, Barbara. 2004. Hot City. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. NY: Philomel.
  44. Kalman, Maira. 2005. Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey. New York: Puffin.
  45. Kirk, Connie Ann. 2004. Sky Dancers. Illustrated by Christy Hale. New York: Lee & Low.
  46. Krishnaswami, Uma. 2006. Closet Ghosts. Illustrated by Shiraaz Bhabha. San Francisco: Children’s Book Press.
  47. Lainez, Rene Colato. 2010. My Shoes and I. Illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press.
  48. Landowne, Youme. 2004. Selavi, That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
  49. Lee, Milly. 2006. Landed. Illustrated by Yangsook Choi. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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  51. Letria, Jose Jorge. 2006. The Moon Has Written You a Poem. Illustrated by Andre Letria.  Translated by Maurice Riordan. Kent, England: Winged Chariot Press.
  52. Liao, Fu-Bin. 2006. The Sounds of Color: A Journey of the Imagination. New York: Little Brown & Young.
  53. Littlechild, George (Plains Cree Nation). 2003. This Land is My Land. San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press.
  54. Liu, Jae Soo. 2002. Yellow Umbrella. Music by Dong II Sheen. San Francisco, CA: Kane/Miller Book Publisher.
  55. Lofthouse, Liz. 2007. Ziba Came on a Boat. Illustrated by Robert Ingpen. La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller.
  56. Lord, Michelle. 2008. A Song for Cambodia. Illustrated by Shino Arihara. NY: Lee & Low.
  57. Luján, Jorge. 2006. Tarde de invierno/Winter Afternoons. Illustrated by Mandana Sadat. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
  58. Jae Soo Liu's illustration from Yellow Umbrella
  59. Maher, Ramona. 2004. Alice Yazzie's Year. Illustrated by Shonto Begay (Diné). San Francisco, CA: Tricycle Press. 
  60. Mak, Kim. 2001. My Chinatown: One Year in Poems. NY: Harper’s.       
  61. Medina, Tony. 2009. I and I: Bob Marley. Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson. New York: Lee & Low Books.
  62. Mora, Pat. 2004. Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers. Illustrated by Paula S. Barragan. NY: Lee & Low.  
  63. Mora, Pat. 1994. Pablo’s Tree. Illustrated by Cecily Lang. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  64. Myers, Walter Dean. 2009. Looking Like Me. Illustrated by Christopher Myers. NY: Egmont.  
  65. Myers, Walter Dean.  2008. Jazz. Illustrated by Christopher Myers. NY: Holiday House.
  66. Kadir Nelson's Heart and Soul.
  67. Myers, Walter Dean. 2003. Blues Journey. Illustrated by Christopher Myers. NY: Holiday House.  
  68. Myers, Walter Dean. 1997. Harlem. Illustrated by Christopher Myers. NY: Scholastic. 
  69. Nelson, Kadir. 2011. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. New York: Balzer & Bray.
  70. Perez, L. King. 2002. First Day in the Grapes. Illustrated by Robert Casilla. NY: Lee & Low.
  71. Prats, Joan de Déu. 2005. Sebastian’s Roller Skates. Illustrated by Francesc Rovira. La Jolla, CA: Kane/Miller.
  72. Raschka, Chris. 1997. Mysterious Thelonious. New York: Scholastic.
  73. Raschka, Chris.1992. Charlie Parker Played Be Bop. New York: Scholastic.
  74. Ray, Mary Lyn. 2001. Mud. Illustrated by Lauren Stringer. San Diego, CA: Voyager.
  75. Roberts-Davis, Tonya. 2004. We Need to Go to School: Voices from the Rugmark Children. Toronto: Groundwood Press.
  76. Robles, Anthony D. 2003. Lakas and the Manilatown Fish/Si Lakas at ang Isdang Manilatown. Illustrated by Carl Angel. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.
  77. Esau Andrade Vallencia's illustration from A Perfect Season for Dreaming.
  78. Russell, Barbara Timberlake. 2004. The Remembering Stone. Illustrated by Claire B. Cotts. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  79. Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. 2008. A Perfect Season for Dreaming / Un tiempo perfecto para sonar. Illustrated by Esau Andrade Valencia. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
  80. Say, Allen. (2000). Tree of Cranes. NY: Sandpiper.
  81. Sayre, Alice Pulley. 2005. Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust. Illustrated by Ann Jonas. NY: Greenwillow.
  82. Schaefer, Lola M. 2006. An Island Grows. Illustrated by Cathie Felstead. NY: Greenwillow Books. 
  83. Shange, Ntozake. 2009. We Troubled the Water. Illustrated by Rod Brown. NY: Amistad.    
  84. Shasha, Mark. 1992. Night of the Moonjellies. Cynthiana, KY: Purple House Press.
  85. Shin, Sun Yung. 2004. Cooper's Lesson. Illustrated by Kim Coogan. San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press.
  86. Sis, Peter. 2003. The Tree of Life. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  87. Smith, Cynthia Leitich. 2000. Jingle Dancer. Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright. NY: Harper Collins.
  88. Smith, Charles R. Jr. 2002. Perfect Harmony: A Musical Journey with The Boys Choir of Harlem. NY: Jump at the Sun.   
  89. Painting by George Littlechild from What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses?
  90. Tapahonso, Luci (Navajo). 1999. Songs of Shiprock Fair. Illustrated by Anthony Chee Emerson (Navajo). Walnut, CA: Kiva Publishing.
  91. Tingle, Tim (Choctaw).  2006.  Crossing Bok Chitto:  A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom.  Illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos.
  92. Trottier, Maxine. 2011. Migrant. Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
  93. Van Camp, Richard. 2003. What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? Illustrated by George Littlechild (Plain Cree Nation). San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.
  94. Waboose, Jan Bordeau. 2000. Sky Sisters. Illustrated by Brian Deines. Niagara Falls, NY: Kids Can.
  95. Walker, Alice, 2007. Why War is Never a Good Idea. Illustrated by Stefano Vitale. NY: HarperCollins. 
  96. Wallace, Ian. 2005. Boy of the Deeps. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
  97. Watson, Reness, 2010. A Place Where Hurricanes Happen. Illustrated by Shadra Strickland. NY: Random House
  98. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2006. Dear Mr. Rosenwald. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. NY: Scholastic.   
  99. Wiesner, David. 2001. The Three Pigs. New York: Clarion.
  100. Wiesner, David. 1999. Sector 7. New York: Clarion Books.
  101. Williams, Mary. 2005. Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. NY: Lee & Low.
  102. Winter, Jeanette. 2011. The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps. New York: Schwartz & Wade.
  103. Winter, Jeannette. 2005. The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq. NY: Harcourt.
  104. Wong, Janet, S. 2007. Yoga Poems. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. NY: Margaret E. McElkderry Books.
  105. Yee, Wong Herbert. 2003. Tracks in the Snow. New York: Henry Holt and Company.
  106. Yoo, Paula.  2005.  Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds:  The Sammy Lee Story.  Illustrated by Dom Lee.  NY:  Lee & Low.
  107. Yoo, Taeeun. 2007. The Little Red Fish. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. 
  108. Young, Cybèle. 2011. A Few Blocks. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
  109. Young, Ed. 2005. Beyond the Great Mountains: A Visual Poem About China. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle. 



  1. Wow! I only know one book on this list. I love Grandmother's Pigeon. I wish my son were still young enough to want to hear picture books read to him. I'm still going to the library to look at these.


  2. So much fun when you find 'new' books. Hooe you can find them in your library. Happy Reading!

  3. OOOO, I'm very interested in going through your list of children's picture books. I'm sure that I will find several that I will be able to put to use. I'm thankful for your friend, Michael Charney. He is the one that directed me to your site.

  4. Thanks Karen, so pleased you found my blog. There are lots of posts about book recommendations, especialy during February and March 2011. Say hi To Michael and hope you will stop back.

  5. Takes me awhile but this summer I will order the ones I don't know. Thanks for all the gifts you bring to the world.


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