Trisha Faye’s Top 10 Children’s Picture Books

little mouse red ripe strawberryThese ten children’s picture books come together to make up my ‘Top 10 List’ of children’s picture books. This list is my own personal opinion, formed from years of reading children’s books to my two boys when they were younger, and yes, probably influenced by the books they enjoyed most. (Okay, except for Curious George – that one gained its appearance on this list from my own childhood memories and overall favorite books.)

There are many new wonderful books out there that deserve Top 10 listings also. Now, many years later, as Grandma Pat, I’ll be expanding my repartee to include newer publications.

But for now, here’s my list of ten favorite classics. A combination of plot, whimsy, captivating verse, the ability to capture and maintain young children’s attention and the accompanying illustrations are all integral parts of the mix. Other books, such as Where the Wild Things Are (which is magnificent), are typically featured as top picture book contenders, yet sometimes it just comes down to personal opinion.

  1. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey & Don Wood.
  2. If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff & Felicia Bond
  3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
  4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judy & Ron Barrett
  5. Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
  6. The Napping House, by Audrey & Don Wood
  7. Are you My Mother?, by P.D. Eastman
  8. Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson
  9. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst & Ray Cruz
  10. Curious George series, by H.A. Ray

What books are on YOUR Top 10 List?

Rackety-Boom

rackety boom2Rackety-Boom leads off this debut blog post as my all-time-very-favorite-ever children’s picture book.

Written by Betty Ren Wright in 1953, this book was my very favorite book as a child. My mother attests to how many times she had to read this to me as my bedtime story. We both knew it by heart for many years. Over fifty years later I can still start out with the beginning …. Rackety-Boom was an old blue truck, the kind of truck that might get stuck in the mud

Between my mother’s bed time stories, my father devouring books, and Betty Ren Wright’s tale of a rickety blue truck, I caught the bug. The love of books has infiltrated my life. (Much as the stacks of books has consumed every possible space throughout the house!)

For years I searched every antique store I entered. I pored through every stack of old books. I wanted another copy of Rackety-Boom. And then, in the meantime, the wonder world of eBay opened up and there it was – – the book I’d been searching for!

Betty Ren Wright was born June 15, 1927 in Wakefield, Michigan.  Her resume lists an amazing array of children’s fiction including her acclaimed ghost stories: Christina’s Ghost, The Dollhouse Murders, The Ghosts of Mercy Manor, A Ghost in the House, A Ghost in the Window, A Ghost in the Family, and many more. In 2006, the Wisconsin Library Association honored her as a Notable Wisconsin Children’s Author. As far as I’m concerned, her legacy is Rackety-Boom.

rackety boom1As the story ends,

And nobody cares if he rests for a while
at the top of the hill,
or just stands still
for a bit, any place,
with a smile on his face.

He’s a very nice old truck!