300 Picture Books

At the beginning of the year, I signed up for a ‘book challenge’ to read 300 picture books in 2013. It was aimed more for picture book writers and wannabe writers, to look at around 6 books a week for inspiration, and the originator stopped updating their site in early February. However, when you have small children, reading 300 picture books doesn’t take as long as you’d think, and I took the challenge and ran with it…

I started to use Goodreads to track the books we read each week, missing some repeats here and there but more or less keeping track of the majority of books I read to MG and DG throughout the year. I left out books that weren’t on Goodreads (mainly TV-tie ins or things like Thomas the Tank Engine Books, Disney princess rubbish and so forth, and non-fiction books) and I took the challenge as 300 different picture books read.

Many of these books were read over and over and over again. Some days I’d read (for instance) Each Peach Pear Plum six or seven times; other days I’d read six or seven different books; some days if we were all tired I’d not read any books. I haven’t counted the books that MG has read (and she’s reading more and more of the bedtime stories to her little sister now, it’s lovely) or the ones Mr Chaos read. How many actual stories we’ve read in the first five months of this year, I don’t know, but it’s more than 300; maybe I should start reading chapter books!

One of the books I read on 1st January was We Love You, Hugless Douglas and it was one of the books I read on 31st May. The official 300th book on the Goodreads list was Hugless Douglas.

There should be 300 books showing below, any missing are due to my accidental editing:

Dracula: A BabyLit Counting PrimerThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a FlyDave and VioletA Bit More BertOne, Two, Flea!Slow Dog FallingThe Goldilocks Variations: A Pop-up BookTreasure HuntBye Bye BabyCops And RobbersEach Peach Pear PlumDuck's Day OutSix Little ChicksGiraffes Can't DanceRumble in the JungleBabies, Babies, Babies!. by Laurence Anholt, Catherine AnholtSmall Knight and George and the PiratesAnna Hibiscus' SongAnt and BeeMore and More Ant and BeeMore Ant and Bee: Another Alphabetical StoryPeter & the WolfBeware of the FrogMadelinePip, Pip, Hooray!. Karen BendyWhere Are You Pip?. Karen BendyOliver Who Would Not SleepHow Big is a Pig?Secret SeahorseUugghh!Open Very Carefully: A Book with BiteThe Runaway BunnyGorillaKnock Knock Who's There?Handa's SurpriseKangaroos Have JoeysMiffyDear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap BookThe Tiny SeedThe Very Hungry CaterpillarWho's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?Lulu and the Best Cake EverLulu and the Treasure Hunt. by Emma Chichester ClarkThe Great Fairy Tale DisasterThe Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster. Written by David ConwayPumpkin SoupThe Baby Who Wouldn't Go to BedNo!The Grunt And The GrouchMerry Christmas MaisyCheer Up Your Teddy Bear, Emily BrownEmily Brown and the ThingFIRST WEEK AT COW SCHOOLTen In The BedPretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from AfricaNight KnightBeeguTen Tickling ToesThe Magic Pear Tree: A Folk Tale From ChinaA Farmer's Life for Me: With CDCinderelephantI Love My DaddyI Love You. by Giles Andreae, Emma DoddHairy Maclary, Shoo!My Cat Likes to Hide in BoxesOther ArkRoom on the BroomTyrannosaurus DripWhen A Zeeder Met A XyderThe Pirate CruncherThe Pirates Next DoorKing of Space The Skipping-Rope SnakeI Want A Mini TigerLollopyThe Monster Who Ate Darkness. Joyce Dunbar, Jimmy LiaoEric The LiontamerGo for It, Ruby!Ruby Flew Too!The Best Gift of AllClimbing RosaTen Little Fingers and Ten Little ToesAliens Love Underpants!George's DragonChu's DayCrazy HairThe Day I Swapped My Dad for Two GoldfishSmiley SharkHaving a PicnicThe Best JumperThe AcornThe Tobermory CatWhat's the Time, Mr. Wolf?Three Little GhostiesLittle Mouse's Big Book of FearsMeerkat MailThe Rabbit ProblemWolf Won't Bite!The Sea Of TranquilityPeter Pan Sound BookLollipop and Grandpa Go Swimming. Penelope Harper & Cate JamesOh No, George!Dave. Sue HendraWanda and the Alien. by Sue HendraMrs. Mopple's Washing LineJolly TallLittle Bear's TrousersOld BearRuby, Blue and BlanketThe Great Big Book of FeelingsStrawberries Are RedElephantAlfie's FeetAll About AlfieAn Evening at Alfie'sAnnie Rose Is My Little SisterBouncingDoggerHidingThe Snow LadyDon't Get Lost!Rosie's WalkThe Elephants Who Always ForgotThe Monkey and the PeanutsThe Magic Hoop. Chlo & Mick InkpenThis Is My BookMoomin's Lift-The-Flap Hide and SeekThe Hueys in the New SweaterThe Hueys in... It Wasn't MeThe worst princessMog in the GardenPrincess Evie's Ponies: Diamond the Magic UnicornPrincess Evie's Ponies: Indigo the Magic Rainbow PonyPrincess Evie's Ponies: Neptune the Magic Sea PonyPrincess Evie's Ponies: Silver the Magic Snow PonyPrincess Evie's Ponies: Star the Magic Sand PonyPrincess Evie's Ponies: Willow the Magic Forest Ponylucy ladybirdLily Takes a WalkI Want My Hat BackThe DarkThis is Not My HatJack FrostLittle Wizard. Kazuno KoharaWe're Sailing to Galapagos: A Week in the PacificThe SneezeWendy The Wide Mouthed FrogPeekaboo Little Roar. Jo LodgeIcky Sticky Monster Pop-UpLet's Find Mimi in the City. by Katherine LodgeLet's Find Mimi at Home. Katherine LodgeKatie and the DinosaursStarlight SailorWho Wants A Dragon?Hansel and GretelZoom, Rocket, Zoom!There, ThereDenverIsabel's Noisy TummyHave You Seen Who's Just Moved In Next Door To Us?Ballet ClassAll Change!Gerda The GooseSplosh!. by David MellingThe Kiss That MissedDon't Worry, Hugless Douglas!Hugless DouglasHugless Douglas and the Big SleepWe Love You, Hugless Douglas!The ScallywagsThe Star-Faced CrocodileTwo by Two and a HalfDon't Kick Up A Fuss, Gus!Bedtime Without ArthurDown By The Cool Of The PoolThe Somethingosaur. by Tony MittonBefore We Go to Bed. Sue Mongredien, Cee BiscoeRed Riding Hood and the Sweet Little WolfWhat-a-Mess In SummerThe Paper Bag PrincessHickory Dickory Dog. by Alison MurrayLittle Mouse. Alison MurrayA Boy Wants a DinosaurAngry ArthurIn the AtticMoonlightThe Mother of Monsters: A Story from South AfricaDodo Doo-DooWinnie Flies AgainWinnie in WinterWinnie the WitchWinnie's Amazing PumpkinWinnie's Magic WandWinnie's New ComputerJack's Amazing ShadowMeg, Mog And OgColoursTimeYes NoElephant Pants. by Smriti Prasadam-Halls, Davi WojtowyczMrs Pepperpot at the BazaarCan You Catch a Mermaid?Ernest. Catherine RaynerSolomon CrocodileSylvia and BirdWhat's a Penguin to Think When He Turns Pink!CinderellaDirty BertieLittle Red: A Fizzingly Good YarnRapunzel: A Groovy Fairy TalePeculiar PetsThe Monster Machine. Nicola L. RobinsonYou Can't Eat A Princess!You Can't Scare a Princess!. by Gillian RogersonBirdsongCopycat Bear. by Ellie SandallHansel and Gretel. Written by the Brothers GrimmSplat Says Thank You!Splat the CatGreen Eggs and HamOh, the Places You'll Go!The Lorax. by Dr. SeussAlphabet Ice Cream: A A-Z of Alphabet Fun. Nick Sharratt, Sue HeapFaster, Faster! Nice And Slow!If I Was BossMoo Cow, Kung Fu CowOctopus SocktopusOne To Ten And Back AgainOuch! I Need A Plaster!PantsRed Rockets And Rainbow JellyYou Choose!Come Along, Daisy!Lily Gets Lost. by Jane Simmons, Jane SimmonsWhere The Fairies FlyBear's Big BottomCatch Us If You Can-Can!Claude at the CircusClaude in the Spotlight. by Alex T. SmithClaude on Holiday. by Alex T. SmithEliot Jones, Midnight SuperheroEllaPrimrose. by Alex T. SmithThe Wonky DonkeyGoldilocks And The Three BearsThe Gingerbread BoyThe Princess And The FrogThe Three Little PigsHodge the HedgehogDexter Bexley and the Big Blue BeastieLooking Good!Silly Doggy!Belle & Boo and the Goodnight Kiss. by Mandy SutcliffeBelle and Boo and the Birthday SurpriseBelle Boo and the Yummy Scrummy DayThe Red TreePrincess Pearl and the Underwater KingdomGigantic TurnipCan You See Sassoon?Frog and a Very Special DayBedtime For MonstersMR Big64 Zoo Lane: Georgina the GiraffeZed the ZebraBubble & SqueakI Heart BedtimeMartha and the Bunny Brothers: I Love SchoolMuffin and the ExpeditionBest FriendsSweet DreamsThe Bear With Sticky PawsThe Bear with Sticky Paws Won't Go to BedOwl BabiesSuper Swooper DinosaurThe Tough PrincessWebster J. DuckGrub in LoveMabel and Me Best of FriendsThe Princess and the PeasWelcome to Alien SchoolThe Spooky Spooky HouseAlphasaurs and Other Prehistoric TypesOne Day in the Jungle (Giggle ClubHarry And The Snow KingMagic Shoebox FarmStinky!, Or, 'How the Beautiful Smelly Warthog Found a Friend'The Tickle BookTim, Ted & the PiratesKnuffle Bunny: A Cautionary TaleThe Pigeon Wants a Puppy!Tadpole's PromiseThe Princess and the DragonHenry and the FoxHow Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?ABC Dentist: Healthy Teeth from A to ZABC Doctor: Staying Healthy from A to ZHarry by the SeaHarry the Dirty DogBig Sister and Little Sister

And because I am very dull, here are some stats:

20% of the books came from our local library and another approx 20% were review copies from publishers. The remainder are ones we owned or bought this year. Roughly 20% of owned books were bought second-hand; only a handful were gifts from other people!


This graph shows how many new picture books were read cumulatively week-by week. As you can see, to start with most books were ‘new’ but as the weeks/months pass, more and more re-reads take over slowing down the total. If I add a linear trend line in, it predicts 700 books by the end of the year. This is skewed by the speed at the start of the year. I’ll guess somewhere between 400-500, assuming lots of library books borrowed. Although there are still huge sections of our (picture) book shelves unread so far this year…

4 responses to “300 Picture Books

  1. Great to see Mrs Mopple’s Washing Line in your list. I used to read that when I was first teaching, I so wish I could get my hands on a copy now. It’s out of print :(. If it is your copy you must treasure it!
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    • Um. Oh dear 🙁 It was a charity shop find but it wasn’t loved so we took it back! If I had it, would send it to you. I’ll double check, might have given it to inlaws…

  2. Lovely to see all of these! Hurrah for reading!

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