List Of Picture Story Books For Children
Are You Looking For Picture Story Books To Read To Your Child Or Special Someone? Try These Out And See If You Like Them
Picture story books are often children’s books with pictures and illustrations that compliment the story. Just think of it as a way to tell the story using texts and illustrations. It is often confused with picture books which relies heavily on pictures and illustrations to tell the story rather than texts. Both genres go hand in hand. It is hard to differentiate both of them sometimes.
Most of these books either got the Caldecott Award (an annual award for the most distinguished American picture book for children) or they are honorably mentioned. I rated these based on popularity from an online site other than this one and personal preference.
1. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
ISBN 0439813786, 9780439813785. 533 Pages
The story is as impressive as the drawings or illustrations inside this book. We get to see Hugo, a lovable 12 year old boy, who tries to maintain the clocks, in doing so, he hopes to be able to keep his home and be able to repair the clock that his father cherish. The illustrations of this book are amazing. It feels like a masterpiece instead of a kid’s book which is why this has remained one of my most recommended books for children.
2. Flotsam By David Wiesner
ISBN 0618194576, 9780618194575. 39 Pages
There is a lot of David Wiesner fans. With original and beautiful stories for children, it is really no wonder why he has so many fans. This is a great picture book for children. We get to see what happens when a camera is tossed into the sea and is able to take pictures of the sea.
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4. The Lion and the Mouse By Jerry Pinkney, Aesop
ISBN 140632759X, 9781406327595. 40 Pages.
This is a retelling of Aesop’s the lion and the mouse which gives the moral that an act of kindness is usually never wasted and has its own reward. A very wonderful story. In this version, the pictures or illustrations are just wonderful. Jerry Pinkney just knows how to draw animals and settings in a children’s book. He is a gifted person and makes any children book better with his drawings or illustrations.
5. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale [Hardcover]
ISBN 0786818700, 978-0786818709. 40 Pages.
This is a really good picture story book. The illustrations are marvelous. The story is about Trixie who lost her favorite bunny. She doesn’t know how to talk yet. So all she can do is cry which is what she did. As her father try to calm her down with various things, she even gets more frustrated because she couldn’t get what she wanted. It is a very funny book and the illustrations are very good.
6. Zen Shorts (Collectors Edition) By Jon J. Muth
ISBN 0545040876, 978-0545040877. 40 Pages
This is a very nice book. It comes with short stories told by by the Panda, Stillwater. Each of the stories has a meaning or moral behind it. A great book about anger, friendship, letting go, forgiveness, and life overall. The illustrations are great, they are extremely well done in water color. I’m such a big fan of water color drawings for children’s books. They just add more life to the story. This is the collector’s edition of Zen Shorts. Collector’s editions are usually limited and they don’t last long.
7. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus By Mo Willems
ISBN 078681988X, 9780786819881. 40 Pages.
This is another very funny picture story book. The illustrations are pretty good but it could have been better. The story is just very clever. The bus driver had to leave for a moment, he specifically tells the reader not to let the pigeon drive the bus. The pigeon enters the story and starts bargaining to the reader. The bargains become sillier and wackier. It is a very amusing picture story book and I bet children will love it.
8. Tuesday By David Wiesner
ISBN 0395870828, 9780395870822. 32 Pages
Another really great picture book by David Wiesner. This is all about the frogs and how a peaceful day can turn out to be be action packed as the time passes by. Tuesday is an animal book. The illustrations are wonderful and full of detail. It is definitely a great picture book to give as a gift to a child.
9. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type By Doreen Cronin
ISBN 1599610884, 9781599610887. 32 Pages
This is a very funny and very beautiful book. Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter and they start making demands. When Farmer Brown refuses to give in or settle the demands, the cows went on strike. This picture story book is definitely one of the funniest picture story books that I’ve ever read. I’m sure a lot of children who read this book feel the same way too.
10. Henry’s freedom box By Ellen Levine, Kadir Nelson
ISBN-10 043977733X, ISBN-13 978-0439777339. 40 Pages
A very powerful and gripping story about how a slave won his freedom and meets his family again. Some say this is a true story while others say it is fiction. I’m not really sure. Readers can relate to Henry (the main character) and his goal or wish to be free. The author brilliantly uses metaphors so that the readers can feel what Henry is feeling. The illustrations are very well done and perfect for the story.
11. Love You Forever
ISBN 0920668372, 9780920668375. 32 Pages
A very touching and heart felt book about parents loving their child as they grow up. A great book that shows the power of love coming from a mother to a child. It can be a little bit sad though since it strikes to the heart and we can easily relate to the feelings or emotions that are inside this book. This is a great book and I recommend it to anyone that has a child. It is a priceless book that encourages bonding and the memories of reading this to your child will stay with you and your child for a long time.
12. Kitten’s first full moon By Kevin Henkes
ISBN 0060588284, 9780060588281. 40 Pages
This is a very fun picture book. This particular picture book won the Caldecott medal award. If you see a gold coin on the cover or picture then it is a good indication that the book has won the Caldecott award. The illustrations are just wonderful. The pictures compliment the story very well and the pictures bring the story to life. A very nice picture book for children.
13. Olivia by Ian Falconer
ISBN 0689829531, 9780689829536. 36 Pages
Olivia is another very funny picture story book. The little pig is just like a preschooler – energetic, scares little brothers or sisters, and resists nap time. The illustrations are very good and well done. The story is great also. It is very simple but at the same time it is very entertaining.
14. The Ugly Duckling (Caldecott Honor Book)
ISBN 068815932X, 9780688159320. 40 Pages
This is a very classic fable. This book is full of wonderful and fabulous illustrations done in watercolor by Jerry Pinkney. Well Jerry Pinkney is very famous for creating lovely illustrations for children’s books.. This fable is a wonderful retelling of the classic tale. What is great about this is that we get to see the feelings of the ugly duckling vividly. The book shows the ugly ducklings experiences. I have always loved the moral lesson at the end of this wonderful book or story.
15. No, David! By David Shannon
ISBN 0590930028, 9780590930024. 32 Pages
This is another great short bedtime story for children. This short bedtime story is something kids and very young children can relate to. There is always a michievous side in every little kid but no matter what, a parent will always love the child. The book is very funny and I like the illustrations also. A great short bedtime story for children. However if you are looking for a book that will teach discipline to your children, this is not that type of book.
16. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…)
ISBN 0060245867, 9780060245863. 32 Pages
This is a very funny book. It starts with a boy eating a cookie. A mouse sees him and the mouse wants a cookie too. The mouse then wants some milk and so on. It is a great short bedtime story for children. The mouse is very cute and the story is very cute. The illustrations are wonderful. It is a shame this didn’t win a Caldecott medal award. I really like this particualr short bedtime story. It is fun, it is cute, it can bring a smile on a kids face and the pictures are cute.
17. Lilly’s purple plastic purse By Kevin Henkes
ISBN 068812898X, 9780688128982. 32 Pages>>>242
This is a very heart warming and touching story. Lily likes everything about school, she likes her professor and she wishes she will be a great professor one day. One day, she brought her purple plastic purse, unfortunately, her favorite professor confiscated it. She was so mad that she draw the professor she admired as a mean teacher. When Lily got her purse back outside of school, she found a nice note from her professor and some snacks. Lily felt so guilty. In the end, they both reconciled.
18. My Friend Rabbit By Eric Rohmann
ISBN 031236752X, 9780312367527. 32 Pages
This is another fabulous picture book. The story is actually very funny. The rabbit is just hilarious with his antics. It is a joy to read. This is so funny that I see very young children laugh or smile whenever someone reads them this book. The illustrations are ok. It isn’t that amazing but the story is very good.
19. The House In The Night by Swanson, Susan Marie.
ISBN 0618862447, 9780618862443. 40 Pages
Another amazing picture book filled with wonderful illustrations and drawings. This book is great for very young children. The story isn’t very complex and it is somewhat comforting. A very nice picture book to read to a child at night or before bedtime.
20. The doll people By Laura Godwin, Brian Selznick
ISBN 0786803614, 9780786803613. 256 pages
A very unique and wonderful picture story book. Annabelle Doll is a porcelain doll. She wants to know what happened to her Auntie Sarah who has been missing for quite some time. When a new set of doll people are brought into the house, Funcraft Doll House, Annabelle went on a great adventure with her neighbors to find what happened to Aunt Sarah. This picture story book has a brilliant author. The author manages to keep the characteristics and traits of a doll while giving them human like behavior.
List Of Picture Story Books For Little Kids – Where To Buy These Books
One great place to buy these books is in Amazon. I already created the links for you guys. All you guys have to do is click on the pictures of the corresponding book that you would like to see. You can then look at the prices of online stores, product information, consumer reviews, and etc.