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Top Ten Picture Books for a Core Collection

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Recently, one of the librarians in my system asked the other librarians to send her 10 picture books we would want to have in our library core collection. She said not to include Brown Bear, Brown Bear or Cat in the Hat because they had those covered. Thinking other librarians may include more classics like that I tried hard to think of newer titles I couldn’t see not having, titles kids ask for every day, and things with toddler appeal since that’s my specialty. This has to be BY FAR the most difficult thing I’ve EVER done. No really, give it a try. I guarantee you’ll be cutting down a list of 50, at least.

Here’s my list, though I’m not 100% satisfied, I would want every one of these books in my library.

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
The Napping House (or at least one thing by the Woods) by Audrey Wood
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann (the whole series, ideally)
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (everything by Mo Willems, really)
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen

So, totally cheated a little but really I wish this had been a top ten author request. Because I think every library should have EVERYTHING written by these authors (with the exception of maybe Yolen, no offense but some of it just isn’t relevant or popular any more).

Your turn! What would your list look like?

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Author: Kendra

Children's Librarian in the Northwest. Lover of toddlers, twitter, and TV (T's, too, apparently!).

One thought on “Top Ten Picture Books for a Core Collection

  1. Pingback: Top 10 Picture Books… « Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime

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