A Picture (Book) Is Worth a Thousand Words
November 07, 2011
"And what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversation?" - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Goodnight Moon. The Runaway Bunny. Katy and the Big Snow. Harry the Dirty Dog. A Hole is To Dig. Madeline. The Story of Babar. Bread and Jam for Frances. Sam and the Firefly. Danny and the Dinosaur. Tawny Scrawny Lion. These are the stories that you first read to your kids, and these are the ones they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Here are ten picture books whose appeal will never grow old.
1. Instructions - Neil Gaiman - Exactly what it says on the tin. This delightful set of instructions for a young adventurer is 'everything you need to know on your journey.'
2. Not a Box - Antoinette Portis - This story is a simple, but perfect example of the power of imagination. A cardboard box can be anything this bunny desires.
3. And Tango Makes Three - Justin Richardson - A heartwarming tale about how in a family, love is really all that matters.
4. Corduroy - Don Freeman - One small bear's story that starts in a search for a missing button and ends in finding a home.
5. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile - Bernard Waber - Splish, splash...I grew up on East 88th Street, but I never knew a crocodile, alas. The family in this beloved picture book is far luckier in having Lyle join their family.
6. Henry the Explorer - Mark Taylor and Graham Booth - With his knapsack, his flags, and his faithful dog Laird Angus McAngus, Henry always had the best adventures. Thanks to the library, I went on every journey with him.
7. Blueberry Girl - Neil Gaiman - A beautiful story illustrating the best wishes for a baby girl anyone would ever hope for.
8. Miss Rumphius - Barbara Cooney - A young girl who yearns to travel also remembers her grandfather's advice: that she must do something to make the world more beautiful.
9. The Wump World - Bill Peet - The story of how the Wumps survived the Pollutians' invasions was the very first of Bill Peet's picture books that I encountered when very small. It is a story that will stay with your child long after they've turned the last page.
10. A Penguin Story - Antoinette Portis - A charming tale of a little penguin's quest for color in a bleak, snowy landscape.