Listography: Best Picture Books Ever Part 1! (Well, according to me)

I’ve been in the mood for picture books, lately.  This happens about once a year.  I get a hankering to dive into the cardboard boxes holding all of the books that were important in my childhood and pulling out all of my picture books.  Unfortunately, these books are about eight hours away and sitting in my father’s basement, otherwise I would probably be sitting up until 4:00 in the morning reading all of them.  Instead, I stayed up until 1:00 in the morning the other night creating a list of all my favorites!  I’ve decided to split my list up into different posts, otherwise this post would probably turn into a novella!

Goodnight Moon, I Love You Forever, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear are staples, but here are a handful of books that are equally awesome.

Wednesday is Spaghetti Day by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
It is easy for me to understand why I loved this book so much when I was a child.  Catrina, the orange cat on the cover, reminded me so much of my very own orange cat, Miss Kitty.  Whenever I went to school, I often wondered if Miss Kitty was inviting her feline friends over for festivities.  What I don’t understand is why this book ended up in one of our garage sales!  Especially since I probably read this book the most of the ones I owned.  But, two years ago, I went home (from college) for the weekend.  I crept into the house at 1:00 in the morning and into my bedroom to find this very book sitting on my pillow.  My mom bought it for me during the semester I took a children’s literature course.  I pretty much cried when I saw it.

The Mitten by Jan Brett
As much as I loved the story, I loved the illustrations in this book even more.  It’s the kind of book where the illustrations “speak” as well as what is actually written.  Often, I would make up my own stories for the illustrations, and I would be entertained for hours.

Possum Magic by Mem Fox (Illustrated by Julie Vivas)
This book has an ultra special experience attached to it, and I think this is why this book remains dear to my heart today.  In first grade, I was in an advanced learning group, so sometimes I was pulled aside to do some extra projects.  One project involved reading this book and learning about Australia (where the story takes place).  This story is about a little bush baby who wishes to be invisible, so her grandmother puts a spell on her.  When the bush baby wants to become visible again, she must eat food from different places in Australia.  At the end of the project, those who worked on the project met in the cafeteria to feast on all the different things the bush baby did.  We had Vegemite sandwiches, Pavlova, and lamingtons to name just a few!  I wasn’t too keen on the Vegemite…

Have any of you read these books?  What are some of your favorite picture books, and why are they your favorites?