Top Ten Picture Books Little Me Would Have Loved

Posted September 7, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 20 Comments

Welcome to TTT! Just an FYI, I updated the list of future TTT topics through the end of the year so you can get planning!

This week’s topic is “books for my younger self”, and I have just realized that this topic is… basically the same topic we did in April. I’m so sorry! I did books I wish teen me had read back then, so it slipped my mind that the two prompts I provided are basically identical. I hope you’ve been able to spin it or pick a new topic entirely that suits you better. Can we please blame this duplication on the pandemic? I feel so dumb!

I rarely get to talk about picture books on here because I focus on romance so much, but I really love them and am excited to share a few favorites I wish had been around when I was little.

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
This is about a kitten who thinks the moon is a bowl of milk, and it is darling.

Little Elliot, Big City (and the rest of the series) by Mike Curato
Elliot is the cutest white polka dot elephant and he loves to go on adventures with his best friend, a timid and tiny mouse. The pictures are to die for.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (and the rest of the series) by Mo Willems
This pigeon wants to do everything he can’t, and he’s the best little complainer. These books are so funny!

The Lending Zoo by Frank Asch
I loved Frank Asch books as a kid (his bear books were so fun), and this book about a zoo-brary with a missing tiger would have been well loved, I know.

Duck and Goose (and the rest of the series) by Tad Hills
This entire series is so cute and simple, but I think the illustrations are my favorite part.

Little Quack (and the rest of the series) by Lauren Thompson
Another adorable book series with the cutest illustrations! Little Quack has some of the best facial expressions.

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
Apparently I like ducks? 10 rubber duckies fall off a ship and travel around the world. It’s magical and adorable, and so colorful!

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Simple and so funny. I bet my mom would have enjoyed reading this to me!

Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson
The most heartwarming little romance for kids! I love these slugs. A sentence I never though I’d say.

Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage
There are no words in this book, but it’s still so amazingly entertaining! A walrus escapes his zoo home and goes on an adventure. I know I would have loved to narrate this.

Which books do you wish had been available when you were younger?

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20 responses to “Top Ten Picture Books Little Me Would Have Loved

  1. I’m only familiar with the Pigeon books but the rest look so cute! I was taking care of some chores around our camper a few days ago and stumbled on what appeared to be an epic battle between a huge slug and an ambitious spider. My Facebook friends got more pictures of it than they wanted, I think! Your slug book looks much nicer.

  2. Oh, yes! All the pigeon books. We have them all in our own adult library and have bought them for all our nieces, nephews, and Godchildren. I like that you focused on what was out there and available today. Have a great week!

  3. Hallo, Hallo everyone at TopTenTuesday!

    I keep trying to resume my regular postings of these lovelies but my Summer has been a bit blighted with personal emergencies and health issues. However, today I switched the topic not because I couldn’t come up with a viable response – but because I’m participating on a special blog tour which celebrates Diverse Lit and is helping a library with their bookdrive to bring the stories featured on the blog tour into their collection. Also, technically all the books I featured would work for younger readers who are seeking to read about different lifestyles and lives lead as reflected through my selections.
    Jorie recently posted…#TopTenTuesday XVI | Top Ten DiverseLit stories Jorie felt deeply connected to whilst reading! All of which are #mustreads!

  4. Oh, I do love a good picture book. I actually read a lot of them as I have grandchildren and I volunteer at the library and my responsibilities there bring me closer to them. I actually think that I get more excited about them than the kids sometimes (ha). Many of your choices are books that are a part of a series of books. I Want My Hat Back was a fun book to read and I also liked Little Elliott. My granddaughter loved the pigeon book. I found Nicholas Oldland books and have loved every single one of them. The Big Hungry Bear series by Don Wood is just fantastic too.

  5. RS

    I honestly didn’t even think of it as the same topic, haha. But then again, juvenile lit is a topic close to my heart so this is just a bonus week to me. I’ve never heard of The Lending Zoo, but that definitely looks like one I would have loved! And I Want My Hat Back seems like such a classic I’m actually surprised by how new it is — I would have guessed 90s or early 2000s at best, honestly.
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