November is Picture Book Month, a great time to share the love of reading – and gorgeous illustrations – with your children. The promotion was started in 2011 by Dianne de Las Casas and several other children’s book authors to encourage reading picture books. As they say on their website:
In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.
Where do you find picture books to share? At your library, of course! Stop in to browse our picture book collections. Visit our Age 0-5 page for booklists and other suggested titles. And come to our storytimes to watch library staff share picture books in an interactive program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers or all ages. Storytime is a great way to build early literacy – what your children know about reading before they can actually read – and these programs can help prepare kids for reading success.
What are some of our favorite picture books? Check out these staff picks!
Because written by Mo Willems, illustrated by Amber Ren
Favorite children’s author Mo Willems brings to life a quiet story of a persistent young musician.
Dinosaur vs. Santa written and illustrated by Bob Shea
This easy read for new readers keeps the magic of Christmas alive.
Gittel’s Journey written by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Amy June Bates
An Ellis Island story with vivid historical images.
A Kite for Moon written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Matt Phelan
A beautifully illustrated tale written for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
The Last King of Angkor Wat written and illustrated by Graeme Base
A timeless fable filled with search-and-find illustrations.
Raisin, The Littlest Cow written by Miriam Busch, illustrated by Larry Day
An adorable story with adorable art.