Back in 2010, after reading this NEW YORK TIMES article about the decline of picture books (which didn't happen), I started thinking about how important books were to me as a child and the daily comfort they bestowed. I have very fond memories of going to the library every Saturday, rain or shine to pick out new books for the week.
This is how picture books became my life long friends.
Don't get me wrong, I love exploring new digital picture book narratives too, but there is nothing like holding a paper picture book in your hands for the first or 40th time.
If you are reading this post, I bet you know what I mean.
After I read the NYT article, I thought I needed to stand up and give my picture book friends the props they deserve, you know?
Applaud them for their unwavering friendship when I needed them most.
So here goes. Meet my TOP10 AWESOME PICTURE BOOK FRIENDS.
1. A HOLE IS TO DIG
Written by Ruth Krauss Illustrated by Maurice Sendak