Picture Books

A picture book combines visual and verbal narratives in a book format, most often aimed at young children. The images in picture books use a range of media such as oil paints, acrylics, watercolor and pencil. Two of the earliest books with something like the format picture books still retain now were Heinrich Hoffmann's Struwwelpeter from 1845 and Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit from 1902. Some of the best-known picture books are Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings, Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat, and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. The Caldecott Medal (established 1 ...more

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
Under My Hijab
Hands Up!
Mary Wears What She Wants
Where Is My Balloon?
Fearless Mary: The True Adventures of Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver
Dress Like a Girl
Meet Miss Fancy
Miss Mink: Life Lessons for a Cat Countess
The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story
Hats Off to Mr. Pockles!
Sleepover at the Museum
I Am Mr. Spock (Star Trek)
Oh No, Bobo!: You're in Trouble
Duck and Hippo: The Secret Valentine (Duck and Hippo #4)
It's Not Hansel and Gretel (It's Not a Fairy Tale, #2)
Alma and How She Got Her Name
Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map
Harry the Happy Mouse
Narwhal's Otter Friend (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #4)
I Can Handle It (Mindful Mantras, #1)
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2
Hello Lighthouse
Under My Hijab
When Sadness Is at Your Door
The Ant Thief (Bed Time Tales, #2)
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science
Fox the Tiger
Hats Off to Mr. Pockles!
Dragon Night
The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe MartinMufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John SteptoeCinder Edna by Ellen JacksonAdelita by Tomie dePaolaYeh-Shen by Ai-Ling Louie
Cinderella Stories
109 books — 317 voters
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakMake Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskeyThe Snowy Day by Ezra Jack KeatsThe Polar Express by Chris Van AllsburgThe Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Caldecott Medal Winners
82 books — 407 voters

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise BrownThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.Pat the Bunny by Dorothy KunhardtWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Best Books for a Baby Shower!
443 books — 402 voters
The Arrival by Shaun TanTuesday by David WiesnerFlotsam by David WiesnerThe Snowman by Raymond BriggsGood Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
Wordless Picture Books
243 books — 325 voters

Where the Wild Things Are
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Giving Tree
Green Eggs and Ham
The Day the Crayons Quit
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Goodnight Moon
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
The Cat in the Hat
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
I Want My Hat Back
This Is Not My Hat
The Polar Express
Oh, The Places You'll Go!

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