Celebrate Picture Book Month With These Books

Celebrate Picture Book Month with these five books from our 100 Picture Books to Keep on the Shelves list.


Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester, illustrated by Karen Barbour

Julius Lester shares his story as he explores what makes each of us different. Teachers and parents can use this story as a tool for discussing race and moving beyond racial stereotypes with young readers.


Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

When Lilly’s favorite teacher takes away her prized possessions after she interrupts class one too many times, Lilly draws a mean picture, and later regrets it at the end of the day. This well-known story teaches young readers that it is okay to be excited, but that you need to wait for the right time to talk. The story also shows that apologies are more powerful than rude actions and that every mistake can be fixed.


The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

This beautifully illustrated picture book is ideal for reluctant readers. Without any words, young readers can create their own stories based on the picture, or even just admire the illustrations. Encouraging imagination and kindness while teaching one of Aesop’s most beloved fables, readers of all ages can enjoy this story.


The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

In this classic, award-winning story, a sturdy little house is built on top of a hill in the country. As the years pass, a city appears around her, and the family that once lived within her leaves. Engaging illustrations will hold all reader’s attention while the plot teaches about resilience and the passing of time. 


The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood, illustrated Don Wood)

When Little Mouse finds a red ripe strawberry, he has to figure out how to keep the Big Hungry Bear from eating his berry! With humor and a surprise ending, young readers will pull this off the shelf again and again.

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