Top 10 Picture Books for Kids 2016

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2016 Best Children’s Picture Books

 
Little girl reading a picture bookThe first step to becoming a good reader is to acquire a love for reading, and picture books are a great place for kids to start. Whether Mom or Dad is reading to them or they are looking them over on their own time, these books hold their interest and help them along the road to becoming good readers.

What’s here: On this page are the ten best kids’ picture books for the spring and summer of 2016. Rankings are based on popularity coupled with higher overall consumer reviews. Picture books for children of various ages are included.

For shoppers: For each of the picture books for kids on this page, one or more links are provided to purchase the book online. Merchants on the list are picked based on product availability, low pricing and for their trusted and safe shopping. (Links to reviews are also provided where available.)

What’s Here:

1. The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
2. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
4. Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush
5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
6. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
8. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
10. Press Here by Herve Tullet

1. The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

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Ages: 4 – 8

First in line for 2016 among the top 10 picture books for kids is The Thank You Book by Mo Willems.

Gerald and Piggie are complete opposites, but the best of friends. Where Gerald is cautious and quiet, Piggie is adventurous and loud. In this story, Piggie is in a “thank you” mood, and he is telling everyone…except those that matter.

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2. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

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Ages: 3 – 7

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin comes in next for the ten best children’s picture books this year.

We have such high hopes and big dreams for our little ones, maybe moreso than they will ever have for themselves. This book is a beautiful, creative look into all the wonderful things your kiddo can dream, be, and accomplish.

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The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin (2015, Picture Book)

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3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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Ages: 4 – 8

Third up on the list – Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

This childhood favorite is a classic that tells the tale of Max; a rambunctious little boy, donning a wolf costume with an attitude to match. When Max gets sent to bed without supper, he ventures to Where the Wild Things Are; an island of big, loud, rambunctious, sometimes scary creatures.

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Softcover, 1991 Childrens Book

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (2007, CD, Unabridged)

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Good Book

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4. Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush

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Ages: 4 – 8

Also making waves among the best picture books for kids in 2016 is Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush.

Honoring American national parks, this story is about a video game addicted girl named Jane. She plans on spending the summer vegging out in front of the television, but her parents plan a road trip to national parks instead. Amazing views, time spent in beautiful nature, and family bonding ensue.

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Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush Library Binding Book (English)

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Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager (2016, Hardcover)

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Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager (2016, Hardcover)

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5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Ages: 1 – 3

Always a favorite – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle marks a spot among the top children’s picture books at #5.

Eric Carle has a way with words. One that sticks with you for decades, as evidenced by this classic—The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Awake and hungry, this caterpillar eats his way through page after page of yummy goodies. Until he develops a tummy ache. Of course, he cocoons, then transforms.

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The World of Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle Wheel by Eric Carle.

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Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Hardback Book)

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Finger Puppet Book by Eric Carle (2011, Board...

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6. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

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Ages: 1 – 4

Making it to 6th place this year – Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

In a little room in a little house, there lives a little bunny, tucked into bed, but not yet asleep. Instead of dozing or dreaming, this adorable young rabbit is stalling, trying his hardest to stay awake a little longer. He says goodnight to absolutely everything. Even the shining moon.

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Goodnight Moon /Buenas Noches, Luna by Margaret Wise Brown [Hardcover] BRAND NEW

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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (2007, Hardcover, Anniversary)

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7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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Ages: 1 – 8

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein makes it to the ten best kids’ picture books for 2016.

This is my all-time favorite children’s book. One I still read regularly, with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. In this book, there is a little boy who befriends a tree. A Giving Tree. The tree loves the little boy and vice versa. Heartfelt and meaningful.

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Rare-The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964, Hardback)Printed in Mexico

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964, HarperCollins Publisher (Hardcover)

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (2014, Hardcover, Anniversary, Special)

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8. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

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Ages: 3 – 7

A returning favorite from last year – Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin is another one on the “best of” picture books for kids in 2016.

Did you know that dragons love tacos? I for one had no idea! This book is about all sorts of dragons and the many, many tacos they love to munch on. From beef and chicken, dragons are extreme taco lovers. But never, ever give them salsa! Fiery, funny, and unexpected.

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Dragons Love Tacos Book and Toy Set by Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri [Hardcover]

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DRAGONS LOVE TACOS by Adam Rubin (2012) NEW Children's picture book HB/DJ

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9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Ages: 2 – 5

Another top favorite makes it to #9 on the list – Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle.

Another great involving author Eric Carle. This book is told from the perspective of a brown bear; one that sees that world in vivid, beautiful colors. With singsong rhymes, the brown bear is asked what he sees. He responds with different animals, like a yellow duck and plump purple cat.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle

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10. Press Here by Herve Tullet

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Ages: 2 – 5

The final item on this year’s list of the top ten children’s picture books is Press Here by Herve Tullet.

Press Here is a different kind of book. Every page is interactive and quirky, asking readers to poke, push, shake, shift, and tilt the book, pages, and dots within. When readers interact with one page, they discover new surprises and interactions on the next page. Simple, yes, but lots-a fun.

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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 06/13/16.

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