Classic Picture Books 
Every Child Should Know 
 

 

Compiled by Children's Services,
Allentown Public Library
October 1999

MISS NELSON IS MISSING
Harry Allard

MOONCAKE
Frank Asch

MADELINE
Ludwig Bemelmans

THE MITTEN
Jan Brett

ARTHUR Books
Marc Brown

GOODNIGHT MOON
Margaret Wise Brown

THE STORY OF BABAR
Jean de Brunhoff

MR. GUMPY'S MOTORCAR
John Burningham

MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL
Virginia Burton

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
Eric Carle

THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED…
Lucy Cousins

FREIGHT TRAIN
Donald Crews

EATING THE ALPHABET
Lois Ehlert

NANA UPSTAIRS AND NANA DOWNSTAIRS
Tomie DePaola

BARNYARD BANTER
Denise Fleming

TOUGH BORIS
Mem Fox

CORDUROY
Don Freeman

MILLIONS OF CATS
Wanda Gag

THE THREE BEARS
Paul Galdone

LILLY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE
Kevin Henkes

OLD BEAR
Jane Hissey

BREAD AND JAM FOR FRANCES
Russell Hoban

26 LETTERS AND 99 CENTS
Tana Hoban

WHEN YOU WERE A BABY
Ann Jonas

WHISTLE FOR WILLIE
Ezra Jack Keats

PREHISTORIC PINKERTON
Steven Kellogg

SWIMMY
Leo Lionni

FABLES
Arnold Lobel

BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL
Robert McCloskey

GEORGE AND MARTHA
James Marshall

CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM
Bill Martin

MARTHA CALLING
Susan Meddaugh

IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE
Laura Numeroff

THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD
Watty Piper

THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT
Beatrix Potter

CURIOUS GEORGE
H.A. Rey

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Maurice Sendak

HORTON HATCHES THE EGG
Dr. Seuss

CAPS FOR SALE
Esphyr Slobodkina

SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE
William Steig

MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS
John Steptoe

THE POLAR EXPRESS
Chris Van Allsburg

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
Judith Viorst

LYLE, LYLE CROCODILE
Bernard Waber

MAX'S DRAGON SHIRT
Rosemary Wells

I KNOW AND OLD LADY…
Nadine Westcott

A CHAIR FOR MY MOTHER
Vera Williams

THE NAPPING HOUSE
Audrey Wood

HARRY THE DIRTY DOG
Gene Zion

MR. RABBIT AND THE LOVELY PRESENT
Charlotte Zolotow

 

 

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