My Favorite Children’s Books starting with the letter T

For the letter T, the twentieth letter of the alphabet, I chose two titles:

Two Eggs Please

by Sarah Weeks

illustrated by Betsy Lewin

A simple story with a deep meaning. A story about differences and similarities and how people (just like eggs) may look different from the outside but are  really the same from the inside. Lovely illustrations using bubbles to simplify the text. 

two eggs

Tell me something Happy Before I go to Sleep

by Joyce Dunbar and illustrated by Debi Gliori

I can not pass the letter T without mentioning this book (one of my personal favorite!).

A lovely bedtime story written as a dialogue between  Willa and Willoughby, two adorable bunnies who come up  with a reason to fall asleep. Beautiful illustrations.


an illustrator:

Eleanor Taylor

for the book No Trouble at All

A beautiful bedtime story about a grandfather looking after his grandchildren and overlooking their mischief. Beautiful soft illustrations using pastel tones.


an author:

Mike Thaler for the Black Lagoon series illustrated by Jared Lee

Each one of these books is  about a member of the school staff from the principal to the janitor and how the unknown could  be more surprising than scary. Illustrated with details and humour.



My Favorite Children’s Books Starting with the Letter Q

I found an author:

Quinlan, Patricia

 to be fair I can not say that she is my favorite author starting with the letter Q. I read three of her books and my favorite  was:

Emma’s Sea Journey

illustrated by Jirina Marton

A journey into the imagination can do wonders to daily life boredom. Set in Glace Bay, Cape breton Nova Scotia



A shortage of letter Q

Oh ! the letter Q
What have I got myself into?
An author stating with Q
I am afraid I don’t have a clue

I am not just going to google it because when I started this I set some rules for myself. I choose books browsing the shelves of public and school libraries. These books have to appeal to me. Yes, we can judge picture books by their covers. I have to read the books and then choose my favorite ones. Ideally an author, illustrator and title for each letter. As I am doing this alphabetically (we librarians are slightly obsessed with alphabetical order) I am afraid Q will be cut short because I have a very short list to choose from.
I was at the public library a few days ago and when I went to the shelf where the picture books are, I found no letter Q. I have a few titles and no illustrator yet.
I came to the conclusion that there is a shortage of the letter Q

My Favorite Children’s Books starting with the letter J

2 Titles:

Jack and the Beanstalk

by Nina Crews

A classic retold in a modern day context and a Brooklyn setting. The photomontage makes the illustrations unique


Jack and the Baked Beanstalk

by Colin Stimpson

Another retelling of this classic story set in the old days in New York city shows that money isn’t everything.

jackand the baked beanstalk

Oliver Jeffers

The Great Paper Caper

Great idea well done.Who is stealing the trees and making paper and why? Detailed and amusing illustrations


My Favorite Children’s Books starting with the letter i

A Title:

Iggy Peck Architect

written by Andrea Beaty

illustrated by David Roberts


Very good rhyming story written in the third person. Good read aloud and great illustrations.

An author and illustrator:

Ayano Imai



Good story about  being appreciated after having been missed. Beautiful illustration with an original style

An illustrator:

Brie Ingman

The Seven Sneezes

written by Olga Cabral


Amusing story told in the third person. The different sneezing sounds makes it a good read aloud. Nice illustrations with a blend of      ” croquis ” and fuly finished drawings


My Favorite Children’s Books starting with the letter H

A Title:

Harold and the Purple Crayon

written and illustrated by Crockett Johnson

A story can be drawn and pictures can tell a story. A great combination of both makes this lovely bedtime story. Will undoubtedly inspire readers to draw their own story.


An author:

Joan Holub

Zero the Hero

illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

The love of numbers can be felt throughout this original story and its amusing illustrations


An illustrator:

Tad Hill

How Rocket Learned to Read

An adorable little bird shares his love of reading.


My Favorite Children’s Books starting with the letter E

A Title:

The Eleventh Hour

written and illusttrated by Graeme Base


Rhyming story with detailed illustrations. Leads to a game at the end . Would make a great eleventh birthday gift.

An Author and illustrator

Elissa Elwick

The Princess and the Sleep Stealer


Nice original fairy tale. Could be read as a bedtime story. Lovely illustrations

An illustrator:

Ebbeler, Jeffrey

April Fool Phyllis

written by Susanna Leonard Hill


Groundhog day familiar Phyllis senses a blizzard coming. He takes on an April treasure hunt  . Children will enjoy guessing the answer to the clues and may crave maple treats. Nice detailed illustrations

My Favorite Children’s Books starting with the letter D

An illustrator:

David Catrow

I Ain’t  Gonna Paint No More

written by Karen Beaumont

Words from a illustrated with lots of details and expression

I aint

Two  Authors:

Daly, Cathleen

Prudence wants a Pet

illustrated by Stephen Michael King

Amusing story about a little girl who finds a pet no matter what 


Dempsey, Kristy

Me with You

illustrated by Christopher Denise

Touching rhyming story about the influence a grandfather has on his grandchild


Three titles  

Duck and Cover

Duck at the Door

Duck Soup

written and illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic

A series of stories about an adorable duck and his second family


My Favorite Children’s Books starting with the letter C

A Title:


Crocodiles tears

written and illustrated by Alex Beard

Very good story perhaps inspired by The Elephant Child and equally as good.  Contemporary aspect with the issue of endangered species. Good drawings

An illustrator:

Carter Goodrich

Say Hello to Zorro!

written and illustrated by Carter Goodrich

say hello to

Simple amusing story about rivalry and complicity between two dogs. Told in the third person. Great illustrations.

An author:

Cate, Annette LebBanc

The magic Rabbit

written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Lovely story about a friendship between and adorable rabbit and a magician told in the third person. Beautiful detailed black and white illustrations. Boston can be recognised in the illustrations

the magic

B for Bedtime Stories


Tell me the Day Backwards

by Albert Lamb and illustrated by David McPhailGreat idea for a bedtime story. Written as a conversation between Mama bear and her cub. Lovely illustrations


 Goodnight Moon
By Margaret Wise Brown. Pictures by Clement Hurd
A classic bedtime story


No trouble at all
By Sally Grinley. Illustrated by Eleanor Taylor
Should be on every grandparents shelf. Cute and funny


Tell me something happy before I go to sleep
By Joyce Dunbar. Illustrated by Debi Gliori
Great story. Beautiful illustrations


Who will tuck me in tonight?
By Carol Roth
Comforting and reassuring. Cute pictures


A Very Curious Bear written

by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Paul Howard.
Nice Rhyming bedtime story written in a dialogue between a bear and a cub. Cute pictures.

love waves

Love Waves

by Rosemary Wells
Lovely comforting story with cute pictures. A must have.


Mother, Mother, I Want Another

written by Maria Polushkin Robbins and illustrated by Jon Goodell
Mother thought it was another mother and I thought it was another story…


Goodnight Sam

Written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

Sweet dreams will follow this cute story with the beloved characters of Sam and his older sister Stella. Will be appreciated by the fans of Joyce Dunbar’s Willa and Willoughby

My Favorite Children’s Books starting with the letter A

An Author :

Arnold, Marsha Diane

Roar of A Snore

illustrated by Pierre Pratt


A fun Rhyming story with a good rhythm.  The kids will like to repeat the names, as the list gets longer.  Told in the third person. Starts all over at the end. Nice illustrations

A Title :

A Visitor for Bear

By Bonnie Becker

Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Cute story about being open minded and trying something new. Told in the third person. Beautiful soft illustrations

a visitor for bear

an illustrator :

Arsenault, Isabelle

Virginia Wolf

by Kyo Maclear

Interesting, imaginative and original story with captivating illustrations revealing an unexpected ending. Fans of Virginia Wolf will see a connection beyond the story.  Told in the first person.


To end with the letter A, I have a bonus. It’s a father and son team:

Author and illustrator

Asch, Frank and David

The Daily Comet: Boy Saves Earth from Giant Octopus

Interesting story told in the third person. Keeps the reader wondering with Hayward until … well, it has to be true! Fascinating detailed illustrations in black and white. Photograph style with several New York City landmarks

daily comet