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.


The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

A collection of vivid African-American Folktales accompanied by stunning black-and-white artwork. Enriching and liberating, these stories inspire readers to use their imagination and remember to honor their culture.


Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre by Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Paola Escobar

Celebrating the true story of Pura Belpré, New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian and champion of bilingual literature. Colorful illustrations bring to life her journey from bilingual assistant to author and storyteller. Informative backmatter and recommended reading are available for older readers.


Please baby, please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Every parent will be able to relate to the mother in this charming story as she asks her baby to please behave. The repetitive nature of this story makes it an easy read for new readers and the amusing illustrations will keep the attention of all readers.


The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg

In this well-known story, a young boy goes on a journey of a lifetime to the north pole. With beautiful illustrations and a relatable character, this story is perfect for those who believe in the spirit of Christmas.


Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe

This book perfectly introduces heavier topics, such as mental illness and the loss of a parent, without taking away from the innocence of childhood. Inspiring and unique, the illustrations do not just tell a story but convey the spirit of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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