The very best illustrated books for kids from 1938 to the present.

2019

Hello Lighthouse

by Blackall, Sophie, author, illustrator.
Call Number: xz folio

Pre-K - Grade 2

Journey to an isolated lighthouse perched far out to sea on a tiny, rocky island. Meet the keeper and follow him through his daily tasks of polishing, refilling and winding the light that keeps ships safe. Masterful illustrations expertly capture the mood and seasons of a bygone era. Perfectly enchanting.                                                                                                               

 
2018

Wolf in the Snow

by Cordell, Matthew, 1975- author, illustrator.
Call Number: xz
2017

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

by Steptoe, Javaka
Call Number: x 92 B316St

Author and Illustrator Javaka Steptoe paints brightly colored scenes of Basquiat’s life and artistic career on textured pieces of wood.  This book won the Caldecott medal in 2017 and combines an artist’s biography with the message to children that they can create art based from their own stories and life experiences.  

 
2015

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

by Santat, Dan, .
Call Number: xz

Grades Pre-K - 2.  Beekle is an imaginary friend in search of his perfect match: a child who believes in him. Rather than wait around forever in his fantastic realm, he sets off for the real world and begins an adventure to fulfill his destiny.

 

2014

Locomotive

by Floca, Brian.
Call Number: x 625.1 F628 folio

Presents a visual exploration of America's early railroads, examining the sounds, speed, and strength of the fledgling transcontinental locomotives and the experiences of pioneering travelers.

2013

This is Not My Hat

by Klassen, J.
Call Number: xz

(K – Grade 3) Like Klassen's very funny and much-praised I Want My Hat Back, this story involves a hat theft; this time, Klassen ups the ante by having the thief narrate. Darkly hilarious.

2012

A Ball for Daisy

by Raschka, Christopher.
Call Number: xz
2011

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

by Stead, Philip Christian.
Call Number: xz
2010

The Lion & the Mouse

by Pinkney, Jerry
Call Number: x 888 A25-39Pi
2009

The House in the Night

by Swanson, Susan Marie.
Call Number: xz
2008

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

by Selznick, Brian
Call Number: x
2007

Flotsam

by Wiesner, David.
Call Number: xz
2006

The Hello, Goodbye Window

by Juster, Norton, 1929-
Call Number: xz
2005

Kitten's First Full Moon

by Henkes, Kevin
Call Number: xz
2004

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

by Gerstein, Mordicai.
Call Number: xz
2003

My Friend Rabbit

by Rohmann, Eric.
Call Number: xz
2002

The Three Pigs

by Wiesner, David.
Call Number: xz
2001

So You Want to be President?

by St. George, Judith, 1931-
Call Number: x 973 S139-1 2012
2000

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

by Taback, Simms.
Call Number: xz
1999

Snowflake Bentley

by Martin, Jacqueline Briggs.
Call Number: x 92 B477Ma
1998

Rapunzel

by Zelinsky, Paul O.
Call Number: x 398 G864-12Ze 2002 folio
1997

Golem

by Wisniewski, David.
Call Number: x 398 W815
1996

Officer Buckle and Gloria

by Rathmann, Peggy
Call Number: xz
1995

Smoky Night

by Bunting, Eve, 1928-
Call Number: xz
1994

Grandfather's Journey

by Say, Allen.
Call Number: xz
1993

Mirette on the High Wire

by McCully, Emily Arnold.
Call Number: xz
1992

Tuesday

by Wiesner, David.
Call Number: xz
1991

Black and White

by Macaulay, David.
Call Number: xz folio
1990

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China

by Young, Ed.
Call Number: x 398 L778Yo 1996
1989

Song and Dance Man

by Ackerman, Karen, 1951-
Call Number: xz
1988

Owl Moon

by Yolen, Jane.
Call Number: xz
1987

Hey, Al

by Yorinks, Arthur.
Call Number: xz
1986

The Polar Express

by Van Allsburg, Chris.
Call Number: xz
1985

Saint George and the Dragon: A Golden Legend

by Hodges, Margaret.
Call Number: x 398 H689-2
1983

Shadow

by Cendrars, Blaise, 1887-1961.
Call Number: xz Ed.a
1982

Jumanji

by Van Allsburg, Chris.
Call Number: xz
1981

Fables

by Lobel, Arnold.
Call Number: xy
1980

Ox-Cart Man

by Hall, Donald, 1928-2018.
Call Number: xz
1979

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

by Goble, Paul.
Call Number: x
1978

Noah's Ark

by Spier, Peter.
Call Number: xz Ed.a
1977

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

by Musgrove, Margaret.
Call Number: x 960 M987 1976 folio
1976

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale

by Aardema, Verna.
Call Number: x 398 A113-4 1975
1975

Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale

by McDermott, Gerald.
Call Number: x 398 M134-5

K – Gr. 4. An adaptation of the Pueblo Indian myth which explains how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of men. Caldecott Award winner, 1975.

1974

Duffy and the Devil: A Cornish Tale Retold

by Zemach, Harve.
Call Number: x 398 Z525-3
1973

The Funny Little Woman

by Mosel, Arlene.
Call Number: x 398 M898-1
1972

One Fine Day

by Hogrogian, Nonny.
Call Number: xz Ed.b
1971

A Story, a Story: An African Tale

by Haley, Gail E.
Call Number: x 398 H168 1988
1970

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

by Steig, William, 1907-2003.
Call Number: xz Ed.b
1969

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale

by Ransome, Arthur, 1884-1967.
Call Number: x 398 R212-2
1968

Drummer Hoff

by Emberley, Barbara.
Call Number: xz Ed.e
1967

Sam, Bangs, & Moonshine

by Ness, Evaline.
Call Number: xz Ed.b
1966

Always Room for One More

by Leodhas, Sorche Nic, 1898-1969.
Call Number: x 398 A395-4
1965

May I Bring a Friend?

by De Regniers, Beatrice Schenk.
Call Number: xz Ed.a
1964

Where the Wild Things Are

by Sendak, Maurice.
Call Number: xz Ed.b
1963

The Snowy Day

by Keats, Ezra Jack.
Call Number: xz Ed.h

Grades pre-K - 1

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

1962

Once a Mouse: A Fable Cut in Wood

by Brown, Marcia.
Call Number: xz Ed.b
1961

Baboushka and the Three Kings

by Robbins, Ruth.
Call Number: xz
1960

Nine Days to Christmas

by Ets, Marie Hall, 1895-1984.
Call Number: xz Ed.b
1959

Chanticleer and the Fox

by Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400.
Call Number: x 398 C496 1989
1958

Time of Wonder

by McCloskey, Robert, 1914-2003.
Call Number: xz Ed.a
1957

A Tree is Nice

by Udry, Janice May.
Call Number: xz
1956

Frog Went A-Courtin'

by Langstaff, John, 1920-2005.
Call Number: x 78 L285-5 1955
1955

Cinderella, or, the Little Glass Slipper

by Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703.
Call Number: x 398 C574Br 1954
1954

Madeline's Rescue

by Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898-1962.
Call Number: xz folio
1953

The Biggest Bear

by Ward, Lynd, 1905-1985.
Call Number: xz
1952

Finders Keepers

by Will, 1904-1974.
Call Number: xz Ed.a
1951

The Egg Tree

by Milhous, Katherine, 1894-1977.
Call Number: xz
1950

Song of the Swallows

by Politi, Leo, 1908-1996.
Call Number: xz Ed.e
1949

The Big Snow

by Hader, Berta.
Call Number: xz Ed.a
1948

White Snow, Bright Snow

by Tresselt, Alvin, 1916-2000.
Call Number: xz
1947

The Little Island

by Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952.
Call Number: xz Ed.c
1946

The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles

by Petersham, Maud, 1890-1971.
Call Number: xz
1945

Prayer for a Child

by Field, Rachel, 1894-1942.
Call Number: x 264 F455
1944

Many Moons

by Thurber, James, 1894-1961.
Call Number: xy
1943

The Little House

by Burton, Virginia Lee, 1909-1968.
Call Number: xz
1942

Make Way for Ducklings

by McCloskey, Robert, 1914-2003.
Call Number: xz folio
1941

They Were Strong and Good

by Lawson, Robert, 1892-1957.
Call Number: x
1940

Abraham Lincoln

by D'Aulaire, Ingri, 1904-1980.
Call Number: x 92 L736Au 1993 folio
1939

Mei Li

by Handforth, Thomas, 1897-1948.
Call Number: xz folio
1938

Animals of the Bible: A Picture Book

by
Call Number: x 220 B582-11 1937