Picture Book Poll

Betsy Bird (Fuse #8) announced The Top 100 Picture Books of All Time Poll on her blog at School Library Journal earlier this week. Details and deadline here; but in a nutshell, she's looking for your top ten personal favorites, in order of preference, by March 31. You can submit a justification for each book if you like. Then she'll tally up the totals and count them down from 100 to 1.

I've been thinking about what to include on my list (I haven't even gotten around to ordering it) and have decided to stick to personal or family favorites.  That is, I'm not concerning myself with objective or even relative merit.  Here's what I've come up with so far (in no particular order):

  • Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel and Blair Lent
  • Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  • The Maggie B. by Irene Haas
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  • Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
  • Peek-A-Boo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordecai Gerstein
  • Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell and Lillian Hoban
  • Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Yes, there are more than ten of them!  Still, I would love to know what you would add to (or remove from) my list.  Have you made yours yet?