Discover

Company

Classic Literature: Picture Books For Kids

If you are anything like us, the classic literature never gets old. We can read it over and over again. We are so pleased to share with you this great list of classic literature for children! Many great companies have taken our favorite stories and adapted them to fit our children's ages and understanding. Take a look below and we hope you'll find your favorite to share with a special little one in your life.

The Night Before Christmas book
#1
The Night Before Christmas
Written by Clement Clarke Moore and illustrated by Holly Hobbie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

In her fresh imagining of Clement C. Moore's timeless classic, acclaimed watercolorist Holly Hobbie introduces an entirely new character to capture the magic and heighten the wonder of this exciting, mysterious time. Her inimitable illustrations glow with warmth and feeling and will transport you to a place where anything can happen.

Are You My Mother? book
#2
Are You My Mother?
Written and illustrated by P. D. Eastman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Never having seen his mother, a baby bird makes humorous mistakes trying to find her.

The Selfish Giant book
#3
The Selfish Giant
Written by Oscar Wilde and illustrated by Jeanne Bowman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A beloved tale that has lasted for generations, The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, one of the world’s greatest writers, tells the tale of a very selfish giant, his wonderful garden, the curious and playful village children, and, of course, the little child who changes the giant’s heart. A beloved classic in English literature, The Selfish Giant may be Oscar Wilde’s greatest story of redemption and forgiveness. Newly illustrated by renowned artist Jeanne Bowman, this fantastic edition of this famous tale showcases Wilde’s story in a pallet and composition that will delight and inspire both young and old and will become a family treasure to be read again and again.

The Emperor's New Clothes book
#4
The Emperor's New Clothes
Written by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A young boy who wishes for the return of dinosaurs imagines how useful they would be.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff book
#5
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A classic read-aloud favorite addressing bullying retold by acclaimed artist Jerry Pinkney. Jerry Pinkney puts his indelible stamp on another beloved folktale in the same vein as the Caldecott Medal-winning The Lion & the Mouse and the highly acclaimed The Tortoise & the Hare and The Grasshopper & the Ants. When the three billy goats Gruff are hungry, they see bountiful grass to eat across an old bridge. But the bridge is home to a terrible troll, who is peckish himself, and looking for a tasty morsel to gobble up. In his interpretation of the timeless tale, Jerry Pinkney shows there's little good to come from greed--but in the end, redemption for even the most trollish bully is possible. A dramatic gatefold heightens the climax of this brilliant rendition.

  1. The Sneetches - Includes four humorous verse fantasies: The Sneetches, The Zax, The Many Daves, and What was I Scared of?

  2. Alice in Wonderland - Alice in Wonderland is one of the most wondrous, truly original stories ever written—filled with magical and marvelous happenings. On its 150th anniversary in 2015, Lewis Carroll’s tale of a world gone topsy-turvy gets a unique picture-book retelling of the beginning of Alice’s journey, with elegantly simplified text that keeps all of the astonishing adventures and wide-eyed amazement of the original. What a wonderful Introduction for young children to many of the classic Carroll characters – Alice and The White Rabbit, the Blue Caterpillar, Bill the Lizard and more. Many of the most famous phrases are here— like “Curiouser and curiouser” and “Oh dear, oh dear, I shall be too late” to prepare youngsters for the time they’re ready to read the whole book in its original form.

  3. A Year Full of Stories - This treasury of 52 stories collects together a rich resource of myths, fairy tales and legends from around the world, with a story for every week of the year. The book is broken into 12 chapters, for each of the 12 months of the year, and throughout, stories are matched to internationally celebrated dates, including Valentines Day and the International Day of Friendship, as well as seasonal events and festivals. Collected and retold by award-winning author Angela McAllister, and illustrated by internally recognised artist Christopher Corr, this is a book that will be treasured by families and appeal to teachers and librarians around the world.

  4. A World Full of Animal Stories - Discover a menagerie of animals with this book that brings together 50 best-loved tales from all around the world! Meet the Big Bad Wolf, the Ugly Duckling, and many other favorite characters from classic stories, myths, and legends in these fresh and vibrant re-tellings. Perfect for reading aloud!

The Atlas of Fairy Tales book
#10
The Atlas of Fairy Tales
Written and illustrated by Claudia Bordin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

Whether it's Little Red Riding Hood wandering through the woods or Alice falling down the rabbit hole, almost every children's classic tells the tale of a protagonist's journey. This atlas depicts those incredible adventures as never before, in stunningly illustrated maps. Enjoy a breathtaking aerial view of Dorothy and her friends following the Yellow Brick Road, or of Pinocchio's travels as he tries to become real.

The Bingity-Bangity School Bus book
#11
The Bingity-Bangity School Bus
Written by Fleur Conkling and illustrated by Ruth Wood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Discover a treasure trove of beautifully illustrated books with our new series, G+D Vintage! Featuring books from our Wonder Books line originally published in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, there’s something for every reader in these timeless stories with classic illustrations. Busby the school bus might be old and clankety, but the children adore him. The adults, however, think he’s ready for the junkyard. Busby decides to run away, and soon finds himself upside down in a field! Thankfully, the children come to the rescue and convince the townspeople to give him a spiffy upgrade. Busby has never looked better!

What the World Needs Now Is Love book
#12
What the World Needs Now Is Love
Written by Burt Bacharach and illustrated by Mary Kate McDevitt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

For anyone who needs to be reminded of the power of love, this beautiful book is the perfect gift! With its soothing lyrics and calming tones, "What the World Needs Now Is Love" has become a beloved song worldwide since its release in 1965. Now, for the first time ever, these captivating lyrics are in book form accompanied by gorgeous illustrations, and perfectly packaged with a ribbon enclosure. Both a reminder of the importance of love and a call to make the world a better place, this book is the perfect gift for anyone you care about--or for yourself when you need some gentle comfort.

Ecclesiastes book
#13
Ecclesiastes
Written and illustrated by Cynthia Rylant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8

In the spirit of her acclaimed Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant illustrates verses from the King James Bible chapter of Ecclesiastes in a simple yet powerful folk art style. Cynthia Rylant takes the familiar text of the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, as told in the King James Bible, and lovingly illustrates it in her simple but bold style that has been called “stunning” by School Library Journal. As she did with the creation story, Rylant has created a sublime take on a classic story that will appeal to readers of all ages.

    Did you enjoy our children's book recommendations? Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!