40 of Your Favorite Picture Books

This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow.

From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly.

Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves.

‘Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew
That the world needed someone exactly like you!


I can’t imagine growing out of picture books. They can be a joy to flip through, read to children, and admire on an artistic level. There are the new picture books you or the kids discover, and there are the vintage childhood favorites tucked away somewhere safe.

We asked you to tell us your favorite picture books and you responded. Here are 40 of your favorites!

Miss Suzy by Miriam Young and Arnold Lobel

Home by Carson Ellis

Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard and James Ransome

I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe and Ed Young

Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy and Jerry Pinkney

The Undesirables by Paule Briere and Philippe Beha

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

Perfect Piggies! by Sandra Boynton

Pete the Cat series by Eric Litwin and James Dean

Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Jon J Muth

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin

Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant and Stephen Gammell

Scaredy Squirrel series by Mélanie Watt

Micawber by John Lithgow and C. F. Payne

Gathering the Sun by Alma Flor Ada

The Cello of Mr. O by Jane Cutler and Greg Couch

See the Ocean by Estelle Condra

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

Baby Animals Black and White by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats

Hairy Maclary series by Lynley Dodd

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowsky

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Do Like Kyla by Angela Johnson and James Ransome

The Little Prince by Richard Howard and Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Day the Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathman

Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Summer Sun Risin’ by W. Nikola-Lisa and Don Tate

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams and William Nicholson

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Summer Jackson: Grown Up by Teresa E. Harris and AG Ford

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown

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