Classic Picture Books

Classic stories from our Picture Book (JE) collection. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Adoff Black Is Brown Is Tan    (A family celebrates its members' many skin tones.)
Bemelmans Madeline    (Madeline, the smallest and naughtiest girl in school, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.)
Bianco The Velveteen Rabbit: or, How Toys Become Real    (1922)
Bridwell Clifford the Big Red Dog    (1963)
Burton Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel    (When Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Ann, lose their jobs to the gasoline, electric, and diesel motor shovels, they go to a little country town where they find that one new job leads to another.)
Crews Freight Train    (A colorful train journeys through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.)
Ets Gilberto and the Wind    (Gilberto finds the wind is a playmate of many moods.)
Flack The Story About Ping    (1933)
Freeman Corduroy    (A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.)
Gag Millions of Cats    (1928)
Hoban Bedtime for Frances    (Frances has trouble going to sleep because of frightening sounds and objects that may be going to get her.)
Hutchins The Doorbell Rang    (Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma's wonderful cookies.)
Johnson Harold and the Purple Crayon    (1955)
Keats Whistle for Willie    (A young boy wishes he could whistle for his dog.)
Krauss The Carrot Seed    (1945)
Leaf The Story of Ferdinand    (Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.)
Lionni Inch by Inch    (1960)
Lowrey The Poky Little Puppy    (1942)
McCloskey Make Way for Ducklings    (Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.)
McKissack Mirandy and Brother Wind    (To win first prize in the Junior Cakewalk, Mirandy tries to capture the wind for her partner.)
Piper The Little Engine That Could    (1930)
Ringgold Tar Beach    (A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family.)
Sendak Where the Wild Things Are    (A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.)
Steig Sylvester and the Magic Pebble    (In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then can not hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.)
Steptoe Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters    (Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.)
Udry The Moon Jumpers    (1959)
Ungerer Crictor    (1958)
Waber Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile    (Lyle is perfectly happy living with the Primms on East 88th St. until irritable Mr. Grumps next door changes all that.)
Williams A Chair for My Mother    (A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire.)
Yashima Umbrella    (Momo can hardly wait for it to rain so that she can use her first umbrella and rubber boots. )
Zion Harry the Dirty Dog    (When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn't recognize him as a black dog with white spots.)
Zolotow William's Doll    (William's father gives him a basketball and a train, but these do not make him want a doll any less.)

Last Updated: 3/20


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