10 Classic Picture Books to put Under the Tree

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I absolutely love getting a little gifty and discovering with delight that the lovely package contains a book!  And my children are the same way!  We love reading new books and discovering new favorites to add to our collection...but we also LOVE our old favorites. Their words are in our heads, they touch our hearts, and they become part of our family.  But don't just trust me and my adorable children--check out these tried and true classics that are sure to become favorites for your family as well!

Miss Nelson is Missing!

The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.
So begins this quirky classic, first published in 1977 and still relevant today as a lighthearted reminder to show our appreciation to those we value. The students don’t proffer a shred of respect for their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson, but when the witchy substitute Miss Viola Swamp appears on the scene, they start to regret their own wicked ways. James Marshall’s scritchy, cartoonish full-color ink and wash illustrations are hilarious.


In my canoeberry
Under the bridge
And over the dam
Looking for berries Berries for jam

See my review here.

The Little House

Virginia Lee Burton won the Caldecott Medal in 1943 for her memorable picture book The Little House, a poignant story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. The house has an expressive face of windows and doors, and even the feelings of a person, so she’s sad when she’s surrounded by the dirty, noisy city’s hustle and bustle

See my review here.

Katy and the Big Snow

Katy, a brave and untiring tractor, who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, makes it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs.

The Giant Jam Sandwich

It's a dark day for Itching Down. Four million wasps have just descended on the town, and the pests are relentless! What can be done? Bap the Baker has a crazy idea that just might work . . .

See my review here.

Walter the Wolf

Tired of being perfect and never using his perfectly matched fangs, Walter the wolf yields to temptation.

See my review here.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

I love the sequencing in this book...followed by the backtrack.  A favorite in our house, for sure!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds!

Goodnight Moon

In this classic of modern children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair. 
And it got worse... 
His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV! 

A favorite illustration...

Fun Book-themed stocking stuffers:

*book blurbs taken from Amazon.com

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