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Experts say children need to hear at least 1,000 stories before they begin to learn to read. GVPL’s librarians have selected 100 exceptional picture books to entertain, educate and inspire little ones again and again. Make time to snuggle up and share these books with the children in your life.

* Accessible: Braille and/or DAISY versions available through CELA or NNELS for those with print disabilities.
† Canadian


There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams

King Baby by Kate Beaton †

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown *

Hello Humpback! by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd †

Peek-a-Boo Zoo! by Jane Cabrera

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle *

Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins

When I Grow Up by Emma Dodd

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

Where’s Spot by Eric Hill

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

One Some Many by Marthe Jocelyn †

Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk * †

Let’s Play! by Hervé Tullet

We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp †


I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans *

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham *

Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen *

The Something by Rebecca Cobb

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel * †

Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney *

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer *

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming

Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek *

You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith * †

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault *

Scribble by Ruth Ohi * †

Be Who You Are by Todd Parr

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

If You’re Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre *

Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard * †

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen *


Stanley’s Party by Linda Bailey * †

Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-El * †

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett

A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton *

A Day With Yayah by Nicola Campbell †

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child *

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin *

Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola *

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson *

Abuela by Arthur Dorros *

Chicken Little by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley

Olivia by Ian Falconer *

Buddy and Earl by Maureen Fergus †

Stolen Words by Melanie Florence * †

Corduroy by Don Freeman *

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend

Caramba by Marie-Louise Gay * †

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes *

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza *

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats *

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen †

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss *

The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle *

The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen †

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf *

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester *

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London *

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long *

The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear * †

George and Martha by James Marshall *

Elmer by David McKee

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch * †

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff *

Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary * †

The King’s Taster by Kenneth Oppel * †

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter *

In My Backyard by Margriet Ruurs * †

You Matter by Christian Robinson

Epossumondas by Coleen Salley

The Complete Adventures of the Mole Sisters by Roslyn Schwartz †

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka *

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak *

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina

Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis and David Soman

Small Saul by Ashley Spires * †

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig *

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki * †

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Chester by Mélanie Watt †

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells

The Three Pigs by David Wiesner

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems *

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion *

Peek-a-boo! Here’s a quote to brighten your day:

“When in doubt, go to the library.” – Hermione Granger