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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?

  1. Parts by Tedd Arnold
  2. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  3. Animalia by Graeme Base
  4. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  5. Calvin Can't Fly by Jennifer Berne
  6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  7. Hubert Horatio by Lauren Child
  8. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  9. Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta
  10. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  11. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
  12. Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gillman
  13. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  14. Barry the Fish With Fingers by Sue Hendra
  15. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  16. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  17. Ferdinand by Robert Lawson
  18. Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
  19. Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes by Tim Litwin
  20. Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue
  21. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
  22. George and Martha by James Marshall
  23. Elmer by David McKee
  24. No Bears by Meg McKinlay
  25. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
  26. Zoom by Robert Munsch
  27. 11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill
  28. Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka
  29. Let Them Play by Margot Theis Raven
  30. Ish by Petter H. Reynolds
  31. Great Escape From the City Zoo by Tohby Riddle
  32. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
  33. Cowboy Camp by Tammi Sauer
  34. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
  35. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
  36. Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  37. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  38. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  39. Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
  40. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
  41. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  42. Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
  43. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  44. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
  45. There's a Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
  46. Press Here by Herve Tullet
  47. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  48. Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt
  49. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  50. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

What's on your must-read list of children's books this summer? Join the conversation on our Scholastic Parents Facebook page.


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