favorite picture books from the 60s


We’re at the 60s! (Read the 50s picks.)

Here we go:

I’ll start with a familiar one from early in the decade that has made its well-deserved mark on the form.


Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963).

What list like this couldn’t include such a well-loved classic. And what else could I say about these 336 words and accompanying art that hasn’t been said? Pure wild genius. Also, I miss Maurice Sendak.

Where the Wild Things Are won the 1964 Caldecott medal.




Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn (1965).

Love and relate to this one so much that I wrote a whole post on Andrew Henry’s Meadow (and a movie and forts of course).




This Is Series by M. Sasek (1959 – 1974)/This is Hong Kong (1965).

M. Sasek made the most beautiful travel books of his time (18 of them in all). I’m partial to this one because I went to junior high and high school in Hong Kong. When a friend found this vintage book for me in college, the feeling of holding something faraway but very real was palpable. Still is when I pick it up.





Benjamin Dilley’s Thirsty Camel by Jolly Roger Bradfield (1967). 

This is the picture book that started it all for me. The first book I loved.




Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats (1969).

I know, there’s The Snowy Day.  But there’s something so relatable about this one that I have to stick it on my list. City kids. A found treasure. Bullies. A dog named Willie.

Goggles! was a 1970 Caldecott honor book.




Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni (also 1969). 

Unbelievable artwork that’s beautiful, eye-catching, and timeless. This little story of a real mouse and a mechanical one has twists and turns and a wonderful act of friendship at the end.

Alexander was also a 1970 Caldecott honor book.




Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (another 1969!). 

Oh sweet Sylvester who finds a magic pebble and makes an unfortunate wish. Not to worry though! Love and magic prevail.

Sylvester nabbed the 1970 Caldecott medal.


Now you!! What are your favorites from the 60s? Any of these? Any others?


9 Responses to favorite picture books from the 60s

  1. DANDELION by Don Freeman, is my 60’s fave. Shades of MR TIGER GOES WILD…

    If you choose to go back to the 40’s, I’ll nominate Freeman’s CORDUROY which is also a wonderful book!

  2. Love Sylvester and the Magic Pebble!

    I’d also give a shout-out to Bernard Waber and the Lyle Crocodile series, which started in 1962 with The House on East 88th Street.

  3. Great fun!

    I just discovered a little book from the 60s called I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. It’s going in my Valentine’s post. Utterly charming. It’s been republished so it’s easy to find.

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