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50 Must-Read Picture Books for Summer Break
on May 30, 2013
 

This summer, our must-read list of picture books is a mix of old and new: a handful of classic picture books that many of us parents read as children, mixed with brand-new titles to discover for the first time. There are 50 titles on this list. Some will provoke hysterical laughter, while others will provoke some serious thinking. I challenge you to read as many of them as possible with your children this summer.

Picture books aren't just for early readers. They are for all ages, and being read to and reading aloud to others only strengthens literacy skills. Explore them with your older children -- have them read to younger siblings or re-read old favorites with fresh eyes. These books offer readers of all levels a chance to hone their skills, especially comprehension and expressive language.

Here is our list of 50 must-read books, sorted by author to make it easy for you to print out and take to the library so you can spend your time reading instead of tracking the books down.  How many of these titles will you be reading this summer?


Parts by Tedd Arnold


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett


Animalia by Graeme Base


Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans


Calvin Can't Fly by Jennifer Berne


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


Hubert Horatio by Lauren Child


Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney


Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta


Corduroy by Don Freeman


The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein


Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gillman


The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame


Barry the Fish With Fingers by Sue Hendra


Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes


Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson


The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf


Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester


Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes by Tim Litwin


Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue


Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell


George and Martha by James Marshall


Elmer by David McKee


No Bears by Meg McKinlay


Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel


Zoom by Robert Munsch


11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill


Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka


Let Them Play by Margot Theis Raven


Ish by Petter H. Reynolds


The Great Escape From City Zoo by Tohby Riddle


Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin


Cowboy Camp
by Tammi Sauer


The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka


The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka


Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger


Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss


Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss


A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon


The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


Grandpa Green by Lane Smith


Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig


Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein


The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone


Press Here by Herve Tullet


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst


Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt


Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

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