9 Beautiful Picture Books for Children
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9 Beautiful Picture Books for Children


9 Beautiful Picture Books for Children

You can share beautiful art with your children every day by reading picture books.

I love books.

This post contains affiliate links. And having a toddler means that I can enjoy picture books all over again. Some I choose (since I’m still doing a lot of the choosing) for the stories, some for the illustrations, and some for both.

There are many wonderful artists out there illustrating books for children and we can see their art on a regular basis for the small price of a book or with our library card.

Here are a few of our favorites…

Beautiful Picture Books for Children

Winter Waits

Winter Waits by Lynn Plourde with illustrations by Greg Couch

Wild Child by Lynn Plourde with illustrations by Greg Couch

grandfather twilight by barbara berger

Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Helen Berger

 A Lot of Otters by Barbara Helen Berger

Tangerines and Tea My Grandparents and Me

Tangerines and Tea: My Grandparents and Me: An Alphabet Book by Ona Gritz with illustrations by Yumi Heo

Is Your Mama a Llama

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino with illustrations by Steven Kellogg

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

The Mole Sisters and the Question

The Mole Sisters and the Question (and other Mole Sisters books) by Roslyn Schwartz

The Complete Adventures of the Mole Sisters by Roslyn Schwartz

9 Beautiful Picture Books for Children

Which children’s books do you love for their illustrations? Which are your favorite beautiful picture books for kids? I’d love to hear your top picks…


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    January 25, 2008 at 5:42 am

    Just came across your blog and am enjoying it very much. Some books we love for the art: The Little Engine that Could (by Watty Piper, illustrated by Loren Long, love this story too), Grandmother Winter (by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Beth Krommes), Train Song (by Diane Siebert, illustrated by Michael Wimmer), The Day the Babies Crawled Away (by Peggy Rathmann), oh and a million others. Thanks!

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    January 25, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Looking forward so much to this blog and the inspiration I’ve been lacking lately. Here are some of our favourites for illustration…
    Mama, Do You Love Me? and Papa, Do You Love Me? (written by Barbara M. Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee)
    Jumanji, The Polar Express, Zathura, etc. (Chris Van Allsburg)
    The Stella books (Marie Louise Gay)
    Imagine a Night and Imagine a Day (Rob Gonsalves)
    Moongirl (written by Henry Selick, illustrated by Peter Chan and Courtney Booker)
    and Eric Carle! Eric Carle! Eric Carle! Oh, I could go on and on…
    (… and Lauren Childs!)

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    January 30, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Under the Spell of the Moon is a collection of tiny stories/sayings from various countries around the world each illustrated by childrens illustrators for the purpose of sharing art with kids – you’ll love it!

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    January 31, 2008 at 5:56 am

    Those all sound wonderful! Thanks. I’ll check them out. -Jean

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    January 31, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Anything by Audrey and Don Wood “King Bidgood’s In The Bathtub” is my favorite.
    Anything illustrated by Mark Teauge, especially “The Flying Dragon Room” and “Sweet Dream Pie.”
    All of David Weisner’s books. “Flotsam”, “Sector 7”
    Chris VanAlsburg’s work “Polar Express.”
    Jan Brett’s wonderful folk illustrations
    and Judy Zavos/Drahos Zak in “Murgatroyd’s Garden.”

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    February 8, 2008 at 6:44 am

    The Quiltmaker’s Gift and anything by Patricia Polacco.

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    February 21, 2008 at 2:51 am

    I have to add one that I forgot about… “Moon Lake” illustrated by Ivan Gantschev. His watercolours are gorgeous and delightful. I think it may be out of print, but if you’re lucky, your library may have a copy. (We got our copy in the discarded book sale! What a gem!)
    This Japanese (I think) blog is dedicated to beautifully illustrated children’s books (in English)… tricky to navigate if you don’t read the language, but there are plenty of beautiful books to discover there.

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    March 5, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    The Mole Sisters by “Roslyn Schwartz”, the illustrations were so beautiful it inspired us to draw.

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