Danielle Davis: Top 10 Picture Books

Danielle Davis lives in LA and is the writer behind This Picture Book Life. She also writes books for kids and teens (represented by Rising Bear Literary) and her background is in teaching English to middle school and community college students as well as freelance writing and blogging. You can also follow along with her on instagram. She graciously compiled her top 10 favorite contemporary picture books for us, and you can read the list below, as well as on her blog!


"I give you my ten favorite picture books. It was a (fun!) doozy choosing!

They are books I have a strong emotional reaction to.

They are extraordinary in one way or another (or several all at once).

They reflect my own personal tastes and obsessions, but they also feel to me like contemporary classics.

They are books that have beauty as well as meaning and heart.

They are books that will last and are rich when returned to."




The Red Tree by Shaun Tan

Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell, pictures by Christian Robinson

Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault

The Tree House by Marije Tolman and Ronald Tolman

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau by Andrea Beaty, pictures by David Roberts

Jemmy Button by Jennifer Uman & Valerio Vidali

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Swan by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Julie Morstad

The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc