Today is a Top Ten Tuesday Freebie. I decided to share my Top Ten Childhood Favorites, the Picture Book version. (Because once I started thinking about chapter books and middle grade, my list suddenly exploded to about 30 titles.) If you grew up in the 70s, this post may bring on nostalgia and a desire to shop for out-of-print children’s books on eBay. I still have my original copies of a couple of these books, but I was rough on books as a child: I loved them literally to death. So my original copies aren’t exactly readable anymore.
In researching this post, I discovered that several of my favorites were published by Parents Magazine Press, which offered a mail-order book subscription service for the titles it published for young readers. I don’t know how long my mother had a subscription, but long enough to receive a lot of really great books that I still remember 35+ years later. Thanks, Mom!
Mog the Forgetful Cat, written and illustrated by Judith Kerr
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, written and illustrated by William Steig
How Fletcher Was Hatched!, written and illustrated by Wende and Harry Devlin
Bedtime for Frances, written by Russell Hoban and illustrated by Garth Williams
Harvey’s Hideout, written by Russell Hoban and illustrated by Lillian Hoban
The Terrible Thing That Happened At Our House, written by Marge Blaine and illustrated by John Warner
Miss Suzy, written by Miriam Young and illustrated by Arnold Lobel
Tell Me a Mitzi, written by Lore Segal and illustrated by Harriet Pincus
Alexander, written by Harold Littledale and illustrated by Tom Vroman
(See photos of several illustrations from Alexander at The Art of the Children’s Picture Book).
Here Comes Tagalong, written by Anne Mallett and illustrated by Steve Kellogg