Today I have a very special post for you. This is a (short) list of my very favorite picture books. These are books that I own or will own as soon as I can justify spending the money (considering I work at a library and don't have any kids, that probably won't be anytime soon). But, without further ado and in no particular order......ta-daaaaaaaaa.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Absolutely the first book I will buy when I have a child. Can you believe this book has been on the Challenged Books list? The illustrations are what make the story - this is my favorite of all of Carle's works.
Where Willy Went by Nicholas Allan
Because it's hilarious, that's why. I wouldn't actually give this to a child, by the way. It's for my own personal enjoyment.
An Undone Fairy Tale by Ian Lendler
It's something different - I love it when books go outside the normal realm and actually include the narrator as a character. Plus, the illustrations get sloppier and sloppier and make the story even funnier.
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood
I LOVE the illustrations, and the mouse's expressions are great. Plus, I like strawberries.
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
Helen Lester is one of my favorite picture book authors. Her stories are hilarious, what can I say? This story is funny and inspiring at the same time. How can you not cheer on the adorable rat with a speech impediment?
Obviously, there are more picture books that I love, but these are my top five. Don't start hounding me because I didn't list Goodnight Moon or There's a Monster at the End of this Book or others of that nature, because I love them, too, but everyone knows about them and maybe not everyone knows about these. But now you do! Go read them!
But before you do, take a moment and tell me some of your favorites! I'd be much obliged. :-)