Picture Books

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MY BEST FRIEND WILL by Jamie Lowell & Tara Tuchel

My Best Friend Will is a terrific picture book describing the friendship between Jamie and Will.  Jamie and Will are best friends.  The key element to their friendship portrayed in the book is the fact that Will has autism. The book does a fantastic job of explaining autism in a way that is easily understandable to … Continue reading

BLACKOUT by John Rocco

Blackout is the story of a city-wide blackout which causes the people of one particular neighborhood to put aside the technologies of computers and phones and ipods, as well as staying indoors thanks to electric light, and discover their neighbors on the roof of their apartment building and in the streets. It opens with a … Continue reading

NOT A STICK by Antoinette Portis

Not A Stick is a little gem of a picture book.  The entire book is about 75 words and illustrated primarily with line drawings.  The story revolves around our (unnamed) main character who is a young pig.  He is continually being questioned about the stick he is carrying:  why is he carrying it, be careful … Continue reading

ARITHMETICKLE by J. Patrick Lewis

If you like Dynamath at school or have ever wanted to try it, then Arithmetickle is for you!  It is a collection of poems that are both fun to read–and fun to solve because each poem is ALSO a clever math puzzle. First you must decipher the actual nature of the problem/puzzle.  Second you must … Continue reading


Won Ton is the story of a cat adopted by a young boy from an animal shelter.  As indicated by the title, the story is told in a series of haiku poems from the perspective of the cat.  The poems are by turns funny and sweet.  Any animal lover–and especially someone who adores cats–will fall … Continue reading

THE SIGN OF THE SEAHORSE: A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts by Graeme Base

Graeme Base is without a doubt one of my favorite author/illustrators.  His book Animalia is one of my favorite picture books of all time.  I love that he (like John Lithgow and his illustrating partner C.F Payne in particular) treats his audience of young readers with respect in both his lavish illustrations and words. The … Continue reading


Confessions of a Former Bully is an interesting book at a time when we are seeing a big anti-bullying push in our schools.  It is an oversize hardcover so it looks like a picture book–although I hesitate to term it strictly as that. It is written in the style of the popular Diary of a … Continue reading

THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN by Huckleberry Finn (with considerable help from Robert Burleigh and Barry Blitt)

The Adventures of Mark Twain as told by one his most famous characters, Huckleberry Finn, is a brilliant biography.  It is in picture book format, making it inviting to elementary grade readers. Huckleberry Finn narrates his version of Mark Twain’s life in his distinctive voice (for which the authors prepare the reader in a short introduction).  … Continue reading


Perhaps better known to adults for his stage and screen work, actor John Lithgow has an amazing body of work for children.  His picture books are some of my (and my children’s) absolute favorites! Topping the list for me is The Remarkable Farkle McBride.  The story centers around a young boy who is a musical … Continue reading

CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG: picture books for all ages

My first exposure to Chris van Allsburg was in 1985 when a family for whom I babysat gave me a copy of The Polar Express, which had just been published and won the Caldecott Award (for illustrating children’s literature).  Like most others who have since read and enjoyed the book I was mesmerized by the illustrations … Continue reading