25 Classic Picture Books for Young Children

There’s something about reading classic picture books.

It can transport you back to when you were a child and remind you how you felt the first time you read it.

Was the book one you read over and over? Did you cuddle up with your parent in a rocking chair? Or perhaps you wrapped yourself up in your favorite blanket while you just stared at the pictures.

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While there are simply too many to list, here are ones you shouldn’t miss reading with your young child. 

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25 Classic Picture Books for Young Children


  1. I bet it was difficult to pick only 25 books. As a retired elementary school teacher…I have read all these books many times to my classes. I am not familiar with “Eloise”….maybe it’s a newer book or I just missed it somehow? Brings back many happy hours of reading aloud to my class 🙂

  2. Jenny: What a great book list!!!! I love it…My children and I have read several of those in the list and I’ll accept your suggestion to read all the others. Wishing you a great weekend!

  3. rainonatinroof01 says:

    Great roundup! Luckily, we have many of these for my daughter! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great week!

  4. So many cute books! I just LOVE illustrations. 🙂


  5. Fantastic list! I am sure you had a hard time narrowing down the 25.. have read all of these and loved them! thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh my goodness, I have read all of these, and had forgotten about most of them! Thanks for compiling this list, I really need to work on my son’s book collection.

  7. D@TheShadyPorch says:

    Love books! Curious George was one of my favorites when I was young. I appreciate you sharing at the Shady Porch! Hope to see you again soon! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  8. Oooh, Corduroy makes me cry for some bizarre reason. I do love reading Caps, though! A friend got it for me and I had completely forgotten how much I loved it as a kid.

  9. igotthismartha says:

    Great list!! I need make sure I read these too my little girl!

  10. Great list. I believe that we should remember to dust off and enjoy the classics.
    My students always like acting out Caps for Sale. Their favourite part is the monkeys throwing down the caps! Go figure!

  11. I love all of these classic books and have most of them! Thanks so much for sharing this at Mom’s library.

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