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. I’ll let the President tell you.