100 Picture Books Your Children (and You!) Will Love

I love picture books!

When my older ones were little, our entire homeschool consisted of picture books. You can find a picture book to fit any study and they are oftentimes so much more interesting.

Too many parents feel that once their children can read independently, they should no longer read picture books to them. Not true! Sometimes the language of a picture book is so much richer than what they may be able to read themselves.

My favorite line of any picture book is when the birds “implore” Peter Rabbit to “exert himself.” You won’t find that rich language in any basal reader.

Having so many favorites made this a difficult list to put together, but I did my best! What are some of your favorites?

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  1. Ox Cart Man (at the top of my list)
  2. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
  3. Woody, Hazel and Lil’ Pip
  4. Cranberry Thanksgiving (a Thanksgiving tradition)
  5. Too Many Pumpkins (a favorite of my girls)
  6. The Apple Cake
  7. Mouse’s First Fall
  8. In November
  9. Strega Nona’s Harvest
  10. The Busy Little Squirrel


  1. Owl Moon
  2. Snowflake Bentley (excellent for science and nature study)
  3. Winter is the Warmest Season
  4. Grandmother Winter
  5. Katy and the Big Snow
  6. When Winter Comes
  7. Over and Under the Snow
  8. The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
  9. The Mitten
  10. The Tomten


  1. Miss Rumphius
  2. The Tree Lady (so interesting)
  3. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  4. Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms
  5. In Small, Small Pond
  6. It’s Spring
  7. The Tiny Seed
  8. Planting a Rainbow
  9. Song of the Swallows (another of my favorites)
  10. Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato


  1. Blueberries for Sal (I’ve read this more times than I can count)
  2. Peter in Blueberry Land
  3. The Relatives Came (my 9-year-olds favorite)
  4. The Very Lonely Firefly
  5. One Morning in Maine
  6. Seven Silly Eaters
  7. Make Way for Ducklings
  8. A Tree is Nice
  9. The Bee Tree
  10. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

100 Picture Books Your Children (and You!) Will Love

Tales and Legends

  1. The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
  2. The Legend of the Bluebonnet
  3. Saint George and the Dragon
  4. Coyote: A Trickster Tale of the American Southwest
  5. Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest
  6. Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka
  7. Tony’s Bread
  8. Lon Po Po
  9. One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
  10. The Empty Pot

Ancient History

  1. D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths
  2. Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphics
  3. We’re Sailing Down the Nile
  4. How the Sphinx Got to the Museum
  5. Gilgamesh the King
  6. The Classic Treasury of Aesop Fables
  7. The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
  8. Cleopatra
  9. Saint Valentine
  10. D’Aulaire’s Book of Norse Myths

Middle Ages

  1. Bard of Avon
  2. Chanticleer and the Fox
  3. Marguerite Makes a Book
  4. Joan of Arc
  5. The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur
  6. A Medieval Feast
  7. The Race of the Birkebeiners
  8. The Clown of God
  9. Leonardo and the Flying Boy
  10. Pippo the Fool ( love this one, too)

American History

  1. Squanto’s Journey
  2. They Called Her Molly Pitcher
  3. When Washington Crossed the Delaware
  4. Now and Ben
  5. Boom Town
  6. When Jesse Came Across the Sea
  7. My Great-Aunt Arizona
  8. The Gardener
  9. Milly and the Macy’s Parade
  10. Grandfather’s Journey

Science and Nature

  1. Everybody Needs a Rock (I love this calming book)
  2. Crinkelroot’s Guide to Animal Habitats
  3. One Small Square Series
  4. Over and Under the Pond
  5. Cactus Hotel
  6. The Year at Maple Hill Farm
  7. A Seed is Sleepy
  8. An Egg is Quiet
  9. The Reason for a Flower
  10. Plants That Never Bloom

Mom’s Favorites

  1. Roxaboxen (this might be my absolute favorite, childhood as it should be)
  2. A Packet of Seeds (get out the tissues)
  3. Owl Babies (a family favorite)
  4. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
  5. Apples to Oregon
  6. Caps for Sale
  7. Brambly Hedge Series
  8. Around the Year
  9. The Art Lesson
  10. Christmas Day in the Morning (I hope you still have your tissues!)

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About Bethany Ishee

Bethany is the mom of six, always-homeschooled children, who one day realized she'd lost herself in the process, probably under a pile of laundry. Her eclectic style of homeschooling draws upon Classical to Unschooling and everything in between.  While homeschooling her children and writing about learning outside of school, she tries to find time to read a book, drink coffee, and pay the bills.

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