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.

 

A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui

Quietly moving, this story follows a young boy and his father as they wake early to go fishing. Yet unlike many father and sons, they do not fish for entertainment, but for food. The simple story is deeply entwined with underlying messages about immigration and cultural differences.

 

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle and illustrated by Mike Gordon and Carl Gordon

Parents will recognize their children in the curious little girl who wants to know if she is at all like a princess. Simple rhymes coupled with charming illustrations will capture young readers who are just as inquisitive as the little girl.

 

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Willems

A unique, amusing story that even the youngest of readers will love, this book puts the reader in charge as the Pigeon tries his best to drive the bus.

 

The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds

When Vashti decides that she cannot be an artist because she cannot make art, her teacher encourages her to “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” It ends up taking her on an adventure that leads to the discovery that she can be an artist.

 

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle and Rafael Lopez

Bold, vibrant illustrations tell the story of one girl with dreams and spirit whose talent broke through the social rule that limited the playing of drums to only boys.

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