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William Steig
"Sylvester and the Magic Pebble"

Tedd Arnold
"No Jumping on the Bed"

Jon J Muth
"Zen Shorts"

Ezra Jack Keats
"The Trip"
"A Letter for Amy"

Robert McCloskey
"Make way for Ducklings"
"Blueberry's for Sal"

Molly Bang

Margaret Bloy Graham
"Harry by the Sea"

Best Fantasy Picture Books

Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges and Trina Schart Hyman
One of the rare Fantasy Books to Win a Caldecott Medal for best illustration in a picture book for 1985, Saint George and the Dragon is a beautiful fantasy picture book about a clissic struggle between a dragon and a knight.

The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson
A truely fun and imaginative tale this fantasy picture book tells the story of a boy who can see dragons no one else can, and he befriends them. However the dragons become troublesome as it grows hard to keep them in his house, so he buids a machine to help guide them home.

Giant Surprise: A Narnia Story by Hiawyn Oram and Tudor Humphries
A stand alone story for which takes place in the wonderful fantasy world of Narnia of two friends who sent out to rescue some mice from Giants.

The Bravest Knight: Mercer Mayer
Mercer Mayer is one of the most brilliant illustrators of picture books, this is a  fun whimisical story of a boy who imagines being  knight.

The Water of Life by Barbara Rogasky and Trina Schart Hyman
Based on the Grimm's brothers fairy tale this picture book is the story of three brothers who set out to find a magical cure for their father the king.

The Serpent Slayer: And Other Stories of Strong Women by Katrin Tchana and Trina Schart Hyman
Another of the best fantasy picture books from the illustrator Trina Schart Hyman. These are the stories of Great Heroins who defeat sorrcerers and dragons, 18 stories in all.

The Kitchen Knight: A King Aurthur Tale by Margaret Hodges and Trina Schart Hyman
The due who brougt perhaps the greatest fantasy picture book ever this another story of a couragious knight, beautifully told and illustrated.

Tuesday by David Wiesner
Another Caldecott winner the picture book Tuesday has some of the funnest illustrations of any picture book. It is a surreal story of floating frogs, though no explination is ever given for the strange events that occured on Tuesday.

Jane and the Magician by Martin Baynton