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Picture Books

Learn about children's picture books of all types, including some recommended for their positive portrayals of people from different cultures.
  1. Alphabet Books of All Types (3)
  2. Articles About Picture Books (6)
  3. Classic Picture Books (14)
  4. Holiday Picture Books (25)
  5. Picture Books About Libraries (6)
  6. Picture Books About the Seasons (7)
  7. Pop-up Books (4)
  8. Starting School (9)

75 Years of Randolph Caldecott Medal Winners
Learn about the best in picture book srt in this article about 75 years of Caldecott Medal winners for picture book illustration.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Erin E. Stead won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for picture book illustrations for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, a story of friendship by Philip C. Stead.

Creepy Carrots
Creepy Carrots, a funny and creepy picture book for ages 3 to 6 year olds was named a Caldecott Honor Book because of the quality of the illustrations.

Flotsam by David Wiesner
Flotsam by David Wiesner, who won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for picture book illustrations, is an imaginative wordless children's book.

Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino
Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino is a picture books that seamlessly combines words and pictures to tell an amusing story with a message.

Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2012
These children's books are on my Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2012 because of the overall quality of the book and exceptional illustrations.

You Read to Me, I'll Read to You
Mary Ann Hoberman's delightful children's picture book You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together, illustrated by Michael Emberley, should appeal to even the child reluctant to read aloud.

A Ball for Daisy
Chris Raschka won the 2012 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations for A Ball for Daisy, a wordless picture book for younger children.

Olympics!
The picture book Olympics! by B.G. Hennessy provides a good introduction to the summer and winter Olympic games.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
The illustrations in Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons add greatly to the story's development and the reader's enjoyment in this entertaining picture book.

Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!
Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! is not just an amusing children's picture book. It is also a one-recipe children's cookbook, with a recipe for Great-Granny's Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Read this book review of The Gruffalo to find out about the children's picture book, the story by Julia Donaldson and the illustrations by Axel Scheffler.

A Story For Bear
A Story for Bear is a charming children's picture book with one of the most appealing bears I have ever seen.

The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
The children’s picture book The Three Snow Bears, by Jan Brett, is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett is an entertaining retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bear set in an Intuit village in the Artic.

Children’s Picture Book Review – Papa Do You Love Me
The delightful children’s picture book “Papa Do You Love Me?” is the companion children’s picture book to “Mama, Do You Love Me,” also by Barbara M. Joosse and Barbara Lavallee.

Children's Books - Kiss Good Night - A Gentle Bedtime Book For Your Child
Children's Books: "Kiss Good Night" by Amy Hest, with illustrations by Anita Jeram, is an excellent children's bedtime book, suited for a young child.

Children's Books Review - Oliver Button Is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola
"Oliver Button Is a Sissy," a children's picture book written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, is the story of a boy who stands up to bullies, not by fighting, but by staying true to himself.

Tsunami!
The picture book Tsunami! features the stunning collages and other illustrations by artist Ed Young.

An Extraordinary Wordless Book
Gabrielle Vincent's a day, a dog is an extraordinary book. Its haunting, yet spare, illustrations and a poignant storyline will appeal to older children, teenagers, and adults.

Marc Brown's Arthur and His Father
The Arthur picture books are tremendously popular. Who is this aardvark named Arthur, who has the family life of a typical eight year old boy? What role does his father play?

Faraway Home, a Poignant Picture Book
Faraway Home is a picture book that focuses on the immigrant experience. Her father is from Ethiopia, but Desta is American born and bred. Now Desta's father has to go back to his beloved country and the young girl worries he won't want to come back.

Children's Picture Books Adults Will Love
Picture books can be unique, and much appreciated, gifts for adults; here are some I recommend.

Ruth and the Green Book - children's picture book - historical fiction - Jim...
Ruth and the Green Book - children's picture book - historical fiction - Jim Crow

Finn McCool and the Great Fish
Eve Bunting's Finn McCool and the Great Fish is a retelling of the legend of Finn McCool from Irish folklore in picture book format. If you are looking for an entertaining Irish folktale for kids for St. Patrick's Day or anytime, I recommend Finn McCool and the Great Fish by Eve Bunting.

Bumble-Ardy by Maurice Sendak
Bumble-Ardy by Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of numerous award-winning children's picture books, is not on the same level as his classic picture books.

Grandparents!
If you are looking for a good Grandparents Day gift or an entertaining and informative children's picture book about grandparents for young children, I recommend Grandparents!

City Signs
City Signs is filled with photos of signs in the city taken by photojournalist Zoran Milich that invite young children to help identify them.

Martin's Big Words
The picture book Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., is illustrated with the dramatic artwork of Bryan Collier.

We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers
Lauren Child's We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers is an amusing picture book about the importance of recycling featuring popular characters Charlie and his little sister, Lola.

Lady Liberty: A Biography
Laby Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport, with illustration by Matt Tavares, is the fascinating story of the building of the Statue of Liberty, from the idea to the fund raising to the design to the building to the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty, Lady Liberty.

The Little Little House
The Little, Little House, a children's picture book, is a retelling of a Jewish folktale. Written and illustrated by Jessica Souhani, The Little, Little House is a delightful folktale. The collage illustrations in this children's picture book add to the book's appeal.

An Egg Is Quiet
An Egg is Quiet is a strikingly lovely children’s picture books by Diana Aston. Both a children's picture book and a children's science book, An Egg Is Quiet was illustrated by award winning children’s picture book illustrator Sylvia Long, who understands both the science and the beauty of eggs.

"The Beeman"
Laurie Krebs' "The Beeman" is the perfect picture book for the young child who is fascinated with nature and how things work.

"Singing with Momma Lou"
This picture book is more than just a book about a child dealing with her grandmother's Alzheimer's disease. It focuses on family bonds, shared memories, and the importance of handing down family history from one generation to another.

"John Henry"
This picture book has both a fascinating tale by Julius Lester and award winning artwork by Jerry Pinkney.

The Beeman
The Beeman by Laurie Krebs is both a picture book and a science book. Although The Beeman covers a great deal of factual information about beekeeping, it does so in a way to engage the interest of young children 3 to 8 years old.If you are looking for children's books for young children who love nat

The Mary Celeste
Learn about The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery From History by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple is a picture storybook that combine historical fiction and mystery.

The Bully Blockers Club
This review of The Bully Blockers Club provides detailed information about the strategies for dealing with bullies and bullying covered in this children's picture book by Teresa Bateman.

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins
Here's a book review of Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins, a children's book about the historic sit-ins in Greenboro, North Carolina, that began February 1, 1960, and impacted the Civil Rights Movement.

The Kissing Hand
The picture book Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is is a comforting book for any child in need of reassurance due to change, such as starting school, or tragedy.

Winter Lights: A Season in Poems & Quilts
Winter Lights A Season in Poems & Quilts is a beautiful children's poetry book and a children's holiday book that features poems illustrated with miniature quilts.

Best Anniversary Editions of Children's Books
Here are some of the best available anniversary editions of children's books, including several classic picture books.

And Then It's Spring
The illustrations in And Then It's Spring are by Erin E. Stead, who won the Caldecott Medal for her illustrations for A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Learn more from this review of the delightful children's picture book by Julie Fogliano.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss is a popular picture book for kids a popular graduation gift. Find out why.

The Hello, Goodbye Window
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster features illustrations by illustrator, Chris Raschka, who received the Randolph Caldecott Medal for picture book illustration for the book.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is a classic picture book that Bernard Waber both wrote and illustrated.

Each Kindness
Each Kindness is a sensitively told and beautifully illustrated picture book about bullying by Jacqueline Woodson with illustrations by E.B. Lewis.

First Grade Jitters
First Grade Jitters by Robert Quackenbush, with illustrtions by Yan Nascimbene is an entertaining picture book about a little boy who is worried about starting first grade.

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Te picture book Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert celebrates fall with stunning collages of autumn leaves.

America the Beautiful
The outstanding illustrations by Chris Gall bring the words of Katharine Lee Bates' America the Beautiful to life in this patriotic children's picture book for all ages.

The Story of Ferdinand
The Story of Ferdinand, a children's picture book by Munro Leaf, with illustrations by Robert Lawson, has become a classic since it was first published in 1936.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is an extraordinary picture book that will spark your child’s imagination and greatly amuse both you and your child.

The Carrot Seed
The Carrot Seed, a classic children's picture book By Ruth Krauss, was illustrated by Crockett Johnson of Harold and the Purple Crayon fame.

Otto the Book Bear
In Otto the Book Bear author and illustrator Katie Cleminson has created a picture book in which words and pictures seamlessly mesh to create an entertaining story.

Too Many Pumpkins
Too Many Pumpkins is a nicely illustrated picture book with a heartwarming story and nothing scary in it. It can be used as a book for fall or as a Halloween book.

Best Children's Picture Books About Starting School
All of these recommended books for kids are picture books about starting school, including preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.

First Day Jitters
First Day Jitters is a picture book about starting school with an amusing and surprising ending that has made it a favorite with both children and their teachers.

Tucker's Spooky Halloween
The picture book Tucker's Spooky Halloween by Leslie McGuirk is only part of the packet from the Candlewick Storybook Animations series, which also includes an audiobook version and an animated version.

Home For Christmas by Jan Brett
Home For Christmas is a delightful Christmas picture book by Jan Brett that younger kids wil enjoy.

Golden Books: A Treasury of Children's Literature
From five of the six all-time, best selling, hardbound, children's books to its recent emphasis on books that reinforce reading and writing skills, Golden Books has a lot to offer.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a children's rhyming picture book by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, with an amusing story about the alphabet and colorful illustrations by Lois Ehlert.

Robert McCloskey's Maine Caldecott Award Winners
Although Robert McCloskey's books were written over 40 years ago, many of his award winning books, including those set in Maine, like Blueberries for Sal, remain popular.

"Keats's Neighborhood"
A review of this treasury of Ezra Jack Keats classics, which includes the Caldecott Medal winner "The Snowy Day" and nine other stories plus biographical information on the man who had a powerful impact on children's literature.

A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead
A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead / Un regalo para Abuelita: En celebración del Dia de los Muertos is a nicely illustrated bilingual picture book.

Book Review of Christmas Is Here
The nicely illustrated children's picture book Christmas Is Here, relates a modern live Nativity scene to the Bible story of the Nativity.

Mary Engelbreit's Nutcracker
Mary Engelbreit's Nutcracker is a big and festive Christmas picture book.

Isabella's Garden
The picture book Isabella's Garden by Glenda Millard has delightful folk art style illustrations by Rebecca Cool.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is an entertaining Halloween picture book that can also be used as a beginning reader book.

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The picture book Miss Rumphius is a classic children's book, written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, with a good message for kids about making the world more beautiful.

A Christmas Goodnight
Use A Christmas Goodnight to introduce young children to the story of the first Christmas and the relationship of a Nativity set to the Bible story of the birth of Jesus

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
Learn about the impact of the illustrations in this review of the fascinating informational picture book The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Simms Taback received the Caldecott Medal for picture book Illustration for his colorful and amusing Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.

Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year
For the best illustrated children's books of the year, see this annotated directory of annual lists of picture books selected by Elizabeth Kennedy, the About.com Children's Books Guide, for the excellence of their illustrations.

Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2013
These 10 illustrated children's books published in 2013 are all picture books or use a picture book format. selected About.com's Children's Books Expert, Elizabeth Kennedy, selected them for their excellence..

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
The mixed media illustrations by award-winning artist Melissa Sweet in A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, make this picture book biography by Jen Bryant special.

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother
The picture book My Rotten Redhaired Older Brother was both written and illustrated by the talented Patricia Polacco.

The King's Stilts
The imaginative story and wonderful illustrations make The King's Quilt by Dr. Seuss a great picture book to share with your children.

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos is a picture book biography for younger children, ages 6 and older.

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