Children's Picture Books for the Young at Heart

Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

"Dogs are to kiss people." "Dishes are to do." The illustrations by Maurice Sendak help make this 50+ year old small book a true classic!

William Steig

Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home.

Sandol Stoddard

Small Bear uses every excuse to avoid going to bed much to the exasperation of Big Bear.

Doreen Cronin
When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
Kay Thompson

"Eloise is a little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel in New York. She is not yet pretty but she is already a Person. Henry James would want to study her. Queen Victoria would recognize her as an Equal. The New York Jets would want to have her on their side. Lewis Carroll would love her (once he got over the initial shock. She knows everything about The Plaza. She is interested in people when they are not boring.She has Inner Resources. If you take her home with you, you will always be glad you did."

Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora

Important events in Washington's career are conveyed through a rollicking rhyme that portrays George Washington's lifelong struggle with bad teeth. A timeline taken from diary entries and other nonfiction sources follows.

Barbara Berger

At the day's end, Grandfather Twilight walks in the forest to perform his evening task, bringing the miracle of night to the world.

Crockett Johnson

One evening Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. But there wasn't any moon, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately, he had brought his purple crayon. So he drew a moon. He also needed something to walk on. So he drew a path...

Robert McCloskey

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring. This is a classic book written in 1941 and still timely and fun.

Charlotte Zolotow; pictures by Maurice Sendak

Mr. Rabbit helps a little girl find a birthday present for her mother. Available as a book and on audio.

Ian Falconer
The delightful, feisty porcine heroine Olivia is constantly on the move: building towering sand castles, imitating Jackson Pollack’s paintings on her bedroom wall, or negotiating the number of books at bedtime.
Robert Kraus

Although each of Owliver's parents has ideas for what he should do when he grows up and they expose him to lessons and experiences of various kinds, Owliver makes his own decision about what he is going to be, and it's neither a doctor nor a lawyer!

Sarah Stewart

Elizabeth Brown loves to read more than anything else, but when her collection of books grows and grows, she must make a change in her life.

Jon Scieszka

This book is a riotous romp through fairy-tale-land that will have readers clutching their sides happily ever after. Sample title: "The Princess and the Bowling Ball."

Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Three unlikely friends learn how to work together. Typical of this book is the fact that the magic chicken's wand has a pickle on it.... It's a hoot!

David Wisniewski

When his friend Chips is snatched and chewed, detective Tough Cookie sets out to stop Fingers.

James Warhola

The author describes a trip to see his uncle, the soon-to-be-famous artist Andy Warhol. We suspect that you will learn a few things about Warhol that you might never have suspected. Fascinating!