Making the List

While I know it’s not really true, our bookshelves, may, at some point, have resembled those in the photo above. Hence, this past weekend, my family cleaned out some of those (overflowing) shelves. If you’re anything like me, Tim, and the kids, you’ll understand how hard it is for us to decide which books we no longer need. But considering all of the kids now choose books more similar to those by J. K. Rowling than Dr. Seuss, our pruning of books from the shelves was long overdue. (And the school used book sale will be around the corner before we know it.)

Going through all of the books made me realize just how many pictures books I absolutely adore. It’s not easy to get a picture book right. The author and illustrator need to work together so that both words and pictures tell the story. Sometimes, it’s the same story, and other times, it’s not. The following list is but a small number of books we chose to keep in our collection. If you haven’t read all of these, I’d suggest you go find yourself a copy.

  1. Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse
  2. Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
  3. The Bake Shop Ghost
  4. Big Red Barn
  5. Christina Katerina and the Box
  6. Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type
  7. I Can Fly
  8. Make Way for Ducklings
  9. Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude
  10. Once Upon a Royal Superbaby
  11. Petunia
  12. The Princess and the Carpenter
  13. The Story of Ferdinand
  14. Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep
  15. When Dinosaurs Came With Everything (not pictured)
  16. You’re All My Favorites

I’d love to know what books might make your list. Feel free to comment and let me know.


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Christina Consolino is a mother, dreamer, author, editor and teacher from Dayton, Ohio. She's a member of the Plot Sisters and teaches Anatomy & Physiology at Sinclair Community College. She writes literary women's fiction, personal essays and more.