Recently the wonderful blog A Fuse #8 Production created what could possibly be the definitive list of the Top 100 Picture Books of All Time. Fuse #8’s Elizabeth Bird invited her readers to submit lists of their top ten picture books of all time. I saw blog posts and tweets far and wide from participants in this poll it seemed to draw in every kidlit blogger on the Internet. You can see my own contribution to the poll here.
The top one hundred books were rolled out as a tease, starting with ten books at a time, then five books at a time, then down to the nail-biting one book at a time. Each post is lovingly written to show why a book warranted a spot on the top hundred. To really view the list the right way, start at books one hundred through ninety-one and read your way down the list.
I consider myself a picture book aficionado, and yet there were books I had never even heard of on the list. I was delighted to discover new books through this amazing list, and I encourage you to do the same.
And what topped the list, you ask? It was also my pick for number one. Iâ€™ll let the President tell you.