Kids' Picks   Dave's Favorite Picture Books

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

William Joyce 


In today's world of apps and eBooks, William Joyce's beautiful book celebrates the magic and wonder of physical books. If you have a library you are surrounded by friends. One of my favorite books of the year.


I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew

Dr. Seuss



This was my favorite book when I was very young. Actually, it's still one of my favorite books. Still love the crazy Seussian illustrations and Candide-like story. Great message about facing the constant challenges that life throws in front of us.


Grandpa Green

Lane Smith 


Another wonderful book by the author of "It's a Book". This ingenious Caldecott winning book is both sentimental and wise. Naturally, the illustrations are stunning.



Patrick McDonnell



This is the biography of Jane Goodall for young readers, although you don't know it until the end. Another poignant and inspiring book  from the author of "The Gift of Nothing". Wonderful illustrations, too.

I'm a Frog

Mo Willems



I love everything by Mo Willems but particularly the 'Elephant and Piggie' books. Loveable characters, hilarious situations and plenty to ponder about the meaning of friendship.

The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler



Everything by this Author /Illustrator team is fabulous but this one is their classic. It has all the elements of a perfect book for young children; fun, expressive artwork, repetition, rhyme and a wonderfully clever little mouse who triumphs using ingenuity over brawn.