Best children's picture books of all time

Best children's picture books of all time
11 September 2017

The classic children’s picture book Goodnight Moon marked its 70th anniversary earlier this month.

It’s an amazing accomplishment to have a book in print and part of generations of baby libraries for so long. I read it to my kids when they were little, but truth be told, it wasn’t one of my favourites. Despite the repetition and familiar words, my kids never insisted I read it to them, either.

We had other favourites, for sure. They loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar, anything by Sandra Boynton, touch-and-feel picture books, such as That’s Not My Baby, and lift-the-flap books. My personal favourite is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. I cry uncontrollably every time I read it. In fact, it’s one of the bestselling children’s picture books of all time.

I have a nephew who is due next month and I love buying books for babies. Now that my kids are in grade school, I feel a little out of the loop when it comes to picture books for children.

Is Goodnight Moon one of your favourites? If you were starting a library for a baby, what books would you put on the shelves? I’d love your recommendations.

5 comments

  • laceytracy

    I received "Hugs" by Robert Munsch as a gift when I had my baby girl. It's a bit repetitive but it's a nice short read and my little one likes it too. :)

    • Erin Silver EDITOR

      I haven't read this or Little Blue Truck. I'll check them out. Thank you!

  • triciawithmonat

    Little Blue Truck is so fun to read and my 2 year old wants to read it twice a night.

  • sue1907

    Are you My Mother?

    • Erin Silver EDITOR

      Classic!

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