106 beautiful illustrated books every child should experience.

Picture from A Quiltmaker’s Gift, a beautiful book available for free online.

  1. A Book for Kids by C.J. Dennis*
  2. A Creepy Crawly Songbook by Hiawyn Oram, Carl Davis, and Satoshi Kitamura
  3. A Curious Collection of Cats by Betsy Franco, illustrated by Michael Wertz
  4. A Man for All Seasons: The Life of George Washington Carver by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Wil Clay
  5. A Visit to William Blake’s Inn by Nancy Willard, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provenson
  6. Animalia by Graeme Base
  7. Animals Animals by Eric Carle and Laura Whipple
  8. Animal Poems: Poetry for Young People edited by John Hollander, iluustrated by Simona Mulazzani
  9. Anno’s Journey by Mitsumasa Anno
  10. Babar and Zephir by Jean De Brunhoff
  11. Belonging by Susan Stephenson
  12. Big Yellow Sunflower by Frances Barry
  13. Birds, Beasts, and the Third Thing by DH Lawrence, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provenson
  14. Caretakers of Wonder written and illustrated by Cooper Edens
  15. Cassie’s Word Quilt by Faith Ringgold
  16. Different Just Like Me by Lori Mitchell
  17. Discovery by Joseph Brodsky, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
  18. Fairy Island by Laura and Cameron Martin
  19. Fine-Feathered Friends by Jane Yolen, photographs by Jason Stemple
  20. Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
  21. Flotsam by David Wiesner
  22. Forever Young by Bob Dylan, illustrated by Paul Rodgers
  23. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue by Anna Harwell Celenza, illustrated by Joann E. Kitchel
  24. Giant Tales From Around the World by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Amanda Hall
  25. Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman
  26. Gobolinks, or Shadow Pictures by Ruth McEnery Stuart and Albert Bigelow Paine*
  27. Goodnight Fairies by Kathleen and Michael Hague
  28. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise-Brown and Clement Hurd
  29. Growing Vegetable Soup written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert
  30. Hello Tilly by Polly Dunbar
  31. Hey There, Stink Bug! by Leslie Bulion, illustrated by Leslie Evans
  32. I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen
  33. I See the Rhythm by Toyomi Igus, illustrated by Michele Wood*
  34. If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk
  35. Imagine by Bart Vivian
  36. Is There Really A Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
  37. Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat by Philip C. Stead
  38. Keats’ Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury by Ezra Jack Keats
  39. Keeper of Soles by Theresa Bateman
  40. Kuhbla Khan: The Emperor of Everything by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Robert Byrd
  41. Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman, illustrated by Steve Wilson
  42. Look What I Did With A Leaf! by Morteza E. Sohi
  43. Madlenka by Peter Sis
  44. Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Eric Puybaret
  45. Manuela’s Gift by Kristin Rehling Estes, illustrated by Claire B. Cotts
  46. Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
  47. Maurice Maeterlinck’s Blue Bird by Brian Wildsmith
  48. Mischka by Victor G. Ambrus
  49. Moonbird by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Jane Ray
  50. Mother Earth and Her Children: A Quilted Fairy Tale by Sibylle von Olfers, illustrated by Sieglinde Schoen-Smith
  51. Mr. Elephanter by Lark Pien
  52. Mr. Pine’s Purple House by Leonard Kessler
  53. Mud Pies and Other Recipes: A Cookbook for Dolls by Marjorie Winslow, illustrated by Erik Blegvad
  54. My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn
  55. Night of the Moon Jellies by Mark Shasha
  56. Older Than The Stars by Karen C. Fox, illustrated by Nancy Davis
  57. One of Each by Marjorie Priceman
  58. Otto: The Story of a Mirror by Ali Bahrampour
  59. Our Seasons by Ranida McKneally, illustrated by Grace Lin
  60. Our Village by John Yeoman, illustrated by Quentin Blake
  61. Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Chris Silas Neal
  62. Plant Secrets by Phyllis Tildes, illustrated by Emily Goodman
  63. Prayer for the Twenty-First Century by John Marsden
  64. Prudence and Moxie by Deborah Noyes, illustrated by AnnaLaura Cantone
  65. Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Chris Raschka
  66. Salt: A Russian Folktale retold by Jane Langton, illustrated by Ilse Plume
  67. Sixty Impossible Things Before Lunch by Harriet Russell
  68. Snail Boy by Leslie McGuirk
  69. Snow White by Jane Ray
  70. Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
  71. Stravinsky by Christophe Gallaz, illustrated by Nicolai Popov
  72. The Butter Man by Elizabeth and Ali Alalou, illustrated by Julie Clear Essakalli
  73. The Duchess Bakes A Cake by Virginia Kahl
  74. The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman
  75. The Fairies: A Poem by William Allingham, illustrated by Michael Hague
  76. The Fairy Kitten by Enid Blyton, illustrated by Kate Davies
  77. The Gift by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by Rob Ryan
  78. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  79. The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane by C.M. Millen, illustrated by Andrea Wisnewski
  80. The Knickle Knackle Tree by Lyndley Dodd
  81. The Librarian of Basra written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter
  82. The Listening Walk by David Kirk
  83. The Nutcracker illustrated by Fumiko Hori
  84. The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds
  85. The Paper Aeroplane by Fulvio Testa
  86. The Pen That Pa Built by David Edwards, illustrated by Ashley Wolff
  87. The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau, illustrated by Gail de Marcken*
  88. The Secret Message by Mina Javaherbin, illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  89. The Space Child’s Mother Goose by Frederick Windsor, illustrated by Mariann Perry
  90. The Storytelling Star: Tales of the Sun, Moon, and Stars by James Riordan, illustrated by Amanda Hall
  91. The Sun Egg by Elsa Beskow
  92. The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
  93. The Wicked Big Toddlah by Kevin Hawkes
  94. The Wizard by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Brandon Dorman
  95. Three Wise Old Couples by Elizabeth T. Corbett, illustrated by Livingston Hopkins*
  96. Tibet Through the Red Box by Peter Sis
  97. Toy Boat by Randall de Seve
  98. Tree Crazy by Tracy Gallup
  99. Tribal Alphabet by Nan Richardson, illustrated by Claudia Pearson
  100. Twice Upon A Time by Irwin Shapiro, illustrated by Adrienne Adams
  101. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  102. Whoever You Are by Mem Fox, illustrated by Leslie Staub
  103. Wildwood by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis
  104. Window by Jeannie Baker
  105. Winter Trees by Carole Gerber, iluustrated by Leslie Evans
  106. Woody Guthrie, Poet of the People by Bonnie Christensen