Julie Fortenberry is the illustrator of Pippa at the Parade by Karen Roosa (2009), Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast by Jamie Korngold, and Pirate Boy by Eve Bunting (both to be released in 2011). You can see Julie's work on her website. She also has a very inspiring blog on picture books.
This is a list of ten of her favorite picture books:
1. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig -- An emotionally moving fairy tale with funny animals.
2. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
3. Cottonball Colin by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross
4. I Am A Bunny by Ole Risom, illustrated by Richard Scarry -- Simple, poetic text with illustrations to match.
5. The Stray Dog by Marc Simont
6. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
7. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
8. It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale illustrated by Margot Zemach
9. The Animal Fair, a Giant Golden Book by Alice and Martin Provensen -- A big collection of animal stories illustrated in colorful midcentury style.
10. How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham