The Children's Book Compass

Favorite Picture Books and Novels

Posted on: August 16, 2011

Recently, a former students requested that I come up with a list of my top ten picture books and top ten novels for teens.   Of course, I couldn’t limit my list to ten.  I consider both new and old books – some I read in my college years, but I still remember them vividly.   I invite you to consider the books you would list on a favorite list and comment on them.  Here are the results of my efforts.  The lists could be much longer.

My Favorite Picture Books

  1. Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan
  2. Chalk by Bill Thomson
  3.  Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
  4. The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Noble, pictures by Steven Kellogg
  5. How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham
  6. How Many Days to America? by Eve Bunting, pictures by Beth Peck
  7. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  8. Kuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
  9. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  10. The Lion & The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  11. Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman
  12. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  13. Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson, pictures by  Hudson Talbot
  14. The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
  15. When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Horwitz, pictures by Barbara Cooney
  16. Yonder by Tony Johnston, pictures by Lloyd Bloom


My Favorite Novels for Children

  1. Beauty by Robin McKinley
  2. The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
  3. Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury
  4. The Game of Silence by Louise Erdrich
  5. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  6. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  7. Harris & Me by Gary Paulson
  8. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  9. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  10. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  11. Skellig by David Almond
  12. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  13. Upon the Head of a Goat by Aranka Siegal
  14. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
  15. Willd Wings by Gill Lewis
  16. The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

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