My Favorite Pictures Books: A note from the Director

There are quite a few picture books in our collection. And they are wonderful.

But today I wanted to tell you about some of my favorites and to whom I’ve read them too over the course of my career at the Aurora Public Library District.

First, we are going to start with my My Great Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston.

This book is about a teacher and her influence over generations of school children. This is a favorite of mine to read at teacher retirement parties in honor of the impact these teachers have had on countless children.

And since we are in the fall season one of my all-time favorite fall books is The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward

I love reading this to my family during the fall season.

While we are talking about seasons I love to read Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco during the spring thunderstorm season.

This book is all about helping little ones understand how thunder storms work and why they aren’t as scary as they seem through a grandmother helping her granddaughter bake a cake.

Next I want to tell you about Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth.

This book is all about community and coming together to help during a time of hardship. Together the community builds a soup from their compiled foods rather than keeping everything to themselves and helps rekindle humanity in their community after the war. While it seems like a heavy topic for a picture book it brings inspiration and truth together to help teach these concepts.

Now for one of my all time favorites. Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.

This  is one of my favorite graduation gifts to give. It talks about the big adventure high school graduates are about to start and provides advice for dealing with the changes that are coming.

These next titles are all classics that I read to my own girls when they were growing up,  and like them I fell in love with the characters, stories, and illustrations.

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see? by Bill Martin

Curious George by H.A. Rey

The Babar Series by Jean  &  Laurent De Brunhoff


Wheels on the Bus by Raffi

And the Berenstain Bears Series by Mike Berenstain

Now these aren’t even ALL of my favorites but I did have to cut it off somewhere or you would be here all day. Let me know in the comments what YOUR favorite picture book is!