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Picture Books

Reading to children before they reach school age is critical to their success as future readers. Knowing this, the Plymouth Canton Community Schools has teamed with both the Canton Public Library and the Plymouth District Library to generate a list of "100 Picture Books Everyone Should Read" to get you started.

Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears: a West African tale by retold by Verna Aardema; pictures by Leo and Diane Dillon

K is for kissing a cool kangaroo by Giles Andreae; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

Ten, nine, eight by Molly Bang

Animals should definitely not wear clothing by written by Judi Barrett and drawn by Ron Barrett

The three bears by Byron Barton

The Little red hen by Byron Barton

Animalia by Graeme Base

Madeline by story and pictures by Ludwig Bemelmans

The mitten: a Ukrainian folktale by adapted and illustrated by Jan Brett

The snowman by Raymond Briggs

The runaway bunny. Pictures by Clement Hurd by Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952

Goodnight moon by Margaret Brown; pictures by Clement Hurd

Mr. Gumpy's outing by John Burningham

The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed by retold and illustrated by Eileen Christelow

Freight train by Donald Crews

Strega Nona: an old tale by retold and illustrated by Tomie de Paola

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish by Dr. Seuss

Peedie by Olivier Dunrea

Buz by Richard Egielski

Planting a rainbow by written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Olivia by written and illustrated by Ian Falconer

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Ask Mr. Bear; story and pictures by Marjorie Flack by Flack, Marjorie, 1897-1958

Mama cat has three kittens by Denise Fleming

The magic hat by Mem Fox; illustrated by Tricia Tusa

Corduroy by story and pictures by Don Freeman

Barnyard song by Rhonda Gowler Greene; illustrated by Robert Bender

Kitten's first full moon by Kevin Henkes

Owen by Kevin Henkes

Kiss good night by Amy Hest; illustrated by Anita Jeram

Shapes and things by Tana Hoban

Hands can by Cheryl Willis Hudson; photographs by John- Francis Bourke

Rosie's walk by Pat Hutchins

What do you do with a tail like this? by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

Harold and the purple crayon by Johnson, Crockett, 1906-

The wolf's chicken stew by Keiko Kasza

Take me out of the bathtub and other silly dilly songs by Alan Katz; illustrated by David Catrow

The snowy day by Ezra Jack Keats

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Leo the late bloomer by Robert Kraus; pictures by Jose Aruego

The carrot seed by Ruth Krauss

The story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf; illustrated by Robert Lawson

Tacky the penguin by Helen Lester; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Swimmy by bby Leo Lionni

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr.; pictures by Eric Carle

Chicka chicka boom boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault; illustrated by Lois Ehlert

There's a nightmare in my closet by written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer

A boy, a dog, and a frog by Mayer, Mercer, 1943-

Guess how much I love you by Sam McBratney; illustrated by Anita Jeram

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Pigs aplenty, pigs galore! by David McPhail

Shoes, shoes, shoes by Ann Morris

Five minutes' peace by Jill Murphy

The jacket I wear in the snow by Shirley Neitzel; pictures by Nancy Winslow Parker

The day Jimmy's boa ate the wash by Trinka Hakes Noble; pictures by Steven Kellogg

If you give a mouse a cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond

The little engine that could by The complete, original edition [from The pony engine by Mabel C. Bragg]; retold by Watty Piper; illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Oh, look! by Patricia Polacco

Good night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

The day the babies crawled away by Peggy Rathmann

My friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

We're going on a bear hunt by retold by Michael Rosen; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Abiyoyo: based on a South African lullaby and folk story by text by Pete Seeger; illustrations by Michael Hays

Where the wild things are by Story and pictures by Maurice Sendak

Duck on a bike by David Shannon

Alice the fairy by David Shannon

No, David! by David Shannon

It looked like spilt milk by Charles G. Shaw

Sheep in a jeep by Nancy Shaw; illustrated by Margot Apple

Come along, Daisy! by Jane Simmons

Caps for sale: a tale of a peddler, some monkeys, and their monkey business by told and illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina

The tortoise and the hare: an Aesop fable by adapted and illustrated by Janet Stevens

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly by Simms Taback

Joseph had a little overcoat by Simms Taback

Spots, feathers, and curly tails by Nancy Tafuri

Pigsty by Mark Teague

The itsy bitsy spider by as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

The Z was zapped: a play in twenty-six acts by performed by The Caslon Players; written and directed by Mr. Chris Van Allsburg

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day by Judith Viorst; illustrated by Ray Cruz

Owl babies by Martin Waddell; illustrated by Patrick Benson

Mouse paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

If I were a lion by written by Sarah Weeks; illustrated by Heather M. Solomon

Noisy Nora by with all new illustrations by Rosemary Wells

One dark night by Lisa Wheeler; illustrated by Ivan Bates

Tuesday by David Wiesner

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems

I went walking by written by Sue Williams; illustrated by Julie Vivas

A frog in the bog by Karma Wilson; Joan Rankin

Bear snores on by Karma Wilson; illustrations by Jane Chapman

King Bidgood's in the bathtub by written by Audrey Wood; illustrated by Don Wood

The napping house by Audrey Wood; illustrated by Don Wood

How do Dinosaurs say good night by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Mark Teague

Seven blind mice by Ed Young

Harry, the dirty dog by Gene Zion; pictures by Margaret Bloy Graham