60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books (November)

Here are 5 more not-to-be-missed picture books and a reminder to share 10 of your favorite picture books with us by December 1st!

This past year, I have been sharing five not-to-be-missed picture books with you each month on the first of the month. Today, I have two of my three favorite picture book series about pairs of friends. (George and Martha made the list back in April.) I also have the perfect book to celebrate the first snow of the season, my favorite school story ever, and a humorous story of a family road trip around Australia.

Thus far, this not-to-be-missed picture book project has been decidedly undemocratic. That is about to change.

As the year draws to a close, we are conducting a poll: What 10 picture books would you include on this list of 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books? It has been very fun to read the lists of picture books that readers have shared thus far! To join the fun, pick 10 picture books and share them by leaving a comment here — 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books — or by sending me an email at amy dot broadmoore at gmail dot com. I will share your choices in a post on December 1st. I cannot tell you how excited I am to write this post.

Snow by Uri Shulevitz. This is the picture book that I pull out when the first snowflakes of the season fall. Uri Shulevitz does a wonderful job of capturing the magic of the first snowfall when you are a child. Ages 3+

Toot & Puddle: You Are My Sunshine by By Holly Hobbie. One of a series of books about two adorable pigs, Toot (the adventurer) and Puddle (the homebody), who are best friends. In all Toot and Puddle books, the two friends are affectionate, picking out thoughtful gifts, writing postcards to eachother, and looking out for each other. In Toot and Puddle: You are my Sunshine, Puddle goes to great lengths to try to cheer up his friend Toot. Ages 3+

Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. A collection of five, often-humorous, short stories about two best friends Frog and Toad. Frog and Toad Together has well-developed characters; lovely, muted illustrations; and stories with creative, quirky plots. See also Frog and Toad Are FriendsDays with Frog and Toad, and Frog and Toad All YearAges 4+

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. In Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Lilly gets in trouble with her teacher for not listening, and Lilly’s very understanding teacher and parents teach her to take responsibility for her actions. Kevin Henkes is great at telling stories that are at once humorous and capture childhood emotions. Ages 4+

Are We There Yet by Alison Lester. I have always liked books that begin with maps, and Are We There Yet? begins with a map, a map depicting the route eight-year-old Grace’s family takes during their three-month family vacation around Australia. Are We There Yet? enables readers to imagine what it might really be like to take a road trip in Australia. It begins with a fun description of the fold-out camper that Grace’s family travels in and then briefly and humorously describes each of Grace’s family’s adventures. Ages 5+

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4 Responses to 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books (November)

  1. Laura says:

    Hi Amy,
    I’ve been pondering this for a while. Among so many wonderful picture books, which ten really stand out for me? Not my own ten favorites from childhood (though that would have been easier) or the ten most fun to read aloud, but which are just plain best? I’m not up to ten yet and I think to be fair I’d have to get my kids into this, but three are definitely in for me so far:

    Mouse Tales, by Arnold Lobel, which is simple perfection in a book.

    The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler for its fresh funny take on the archetypical story of the little hero outwitting the big bad guy(s) (but The Snail and the Whale by the same duo is a very close contender), and

    Traction Man, by Mini Grey, which follows the adventures of an action figure toy from a child’s-eye perspective. Any object at hand- toast, dishcloth, scissors, teacups, toes– gets recast as a villian, a monster, a vehicle or a sidekick. Pure delight.

  2. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes and Toot & Puddle: You Are My Sunshine by By Holly Hobbie -these books are full of moral lesson.Great stories and illustrations.Thanks for posting.

  3. PragmaticMom says:

    Love the Frog and Toad books and also Lily’s Plastic Purse (and anything by Kevin Henkes).

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