This list from Goodreads offers the best picture books, Caldecott Contenders by year, from 2009 to currently published.
The best picture books that have beautiful, detailed, color illustrations. Obviously a good storyline as well! Caldecott Contenders by year, from 2009 to present.
From Goodreads, these are books that make learning to read fun for 4 – 6 year olds.
(From the Goodreads website) First chapter books for new readers, including most of the following criteria:
- larger-than-normal print
- under 150 pages
- plenty of pictures
- short chapters
Time Magazine lists their definitive list of the 100 best children’s books ever published.
Selected from books published over a 100 year period, the NYPL offers their list of the 100 great books for children.