Picture Books

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  • LindseyD

    My daughter will be five in less than two weeks! I can’t believe it! 

    She loves to lay in bed and look at picture books or picture books with few words before she goes to sleep, and sometimes we sound out words and talk about the pictures together. It’s a really sweet time for us at the end of the day. She has a few books that we enjoy, but I would like to find her more. I think that would make a great birthday gift for her.

    Can you suggest any really good, non-twaddly books for a very beginner reader who loves to look at beautiful pictures/art?


    Hi Lindsey,

    That is a precious way to end the day and I can think of no better birthday gift than a book! Some of these suggestions will be over her head, reading wise, but they are favorites of my 6 yo boy who is at the same stage and were my 9 yo girl’s favorites, too.

    • Anything by Robert McCloskey, ie. Blueberries for Sal
    • I Like to Be Little by Charlotte Zolotow
    • Little Jewel books (simple pen/ink type drawings) – The Lost Milk Jug (or can) was a favorite
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Can You Find It Outside? and Can You Find it Inside?
    • Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys by H.A. Rey (the first book about Curious George)
    • Good Morning Sweetie Pie by Rylant (sweet poems my kids have loved)
    • The Little House by Virginia Burton
    • The Red Carpet by Rex Parkin
    • Angus and the Ducks by Marjorie Flack (and other Angus books)
    • Caps for Sale by ???
    • Johnny the Clockmaker by Edward Ardizzone

    OK, I’ll quit now. I tend to get carried away by my love of picture books. Laughing



    Sonya Shafer

    I love the Carl books. They have just a sentence or two on the first page and last page. The rest of the book is full of nicely-done illustrations that depict the story of Carl the dog taking care of and having fun with his owner’s little girl. There are several in the series, and I think the pictures are great for encouraging the habit of observation. Author is Alexandra Day.

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