30 Books for Picture Book Month

Author and storyteller, Dianne de Las Casas, founded Picture Book Month to celebrate print picture books. She believed that “There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.” Every day in November, authors and illustrators (“picture book champions”) pen essays on the importance of picture books. This year’s champions include 2017 Caldecott winner, Javaka Steptoe and Kelly Starling Lyons, a founding member of The Brown Bookshelf. Go here to view the calendar and find out when the essays will post. Our list includes 30 picture books for your reading enjoyment. For more picture books, visit our category page, Genres, Themes, and…. Happy Reading!

Where’s Rodney? – Carmen Bogan, Illustrator – Floyd Cooper

Grandma’s Tiny House – JaNay Wood-Brown, Illustrator – Priscilla Burris

The Ring Bearer – Floyd Cooper 

Early Sunday Morning – Denene Millner, Illustrator – Vanessa Brantley-Newton

How to Find a Fox – Nilah Magruder 

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree – Daniel Bernstrom, Illustrator – Brenden Wenzel

Malaika’s Costume – Nadia L. Hohn, Illustrator – Irene Luxbacher

Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale – Marjuan Canady, Illustrator – Nabeeh Bilal 

There’s a Dragon in My Closet – Dorothea Taylor, Illustrator – Charly Palmer y

A Child’s Book of Prayers and Blessings: From Faiths and Cultures Around the World – Deloris Jordan, Illustrator – Shadra Strickland  

Wings – Christopher Myers 

Willie Jerome – Alice Faye Duncan, Illustrator – Tyrone Geter 

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat – Javaka Steptoe 

Princess and the Peas – Rachel Himes 

The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County – Janice N. Harrington, Illustrator – Shelly Jackson 

Greetings, Leroy –  Itah Sadu, Illustrator – Alix Delinois

Night Out with Mama – Quvenzhane Wallis, Illustrator – Vanessa Brantley-Newton 

Lottie Paris Lives Here – Angela Johnson, Illustrator – Scott M. Fischer  

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut – Derrick Barnes, Illustrator – Gordon C. James

One More Dino on the Floor – Kelly Starling Lyons, Illustrator – Luke Flowers 

Kenya’s Song – Linda Trice, Illustrator – Pamela Johnson 

No Mirrors in My Nana’s House – Ysaye M. Barnwell, Illustrator – Synthia Saint James 

Something Beautiful – Sharon Dennis Wyeth, Illustrator – Chris K. Soentpiet

Two Mrs. Gibsons – Toyomi Igus, Illustrator – Daryl Wells

Rice & Rocks – Sandra L. Richards, Illustrator – Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

The Three Billy Goats Gruff – Jerry Pinkney 

Shortcut – Donald Crews

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands – Kadir Nelson

Anna Carries Water – Olive Senior, Illustrator – Laura James 

Bintou’s Braids – Sylvianne Diouf, Illustrator – Shane Evans


What are your thoughts on the books listed? Do you have a title to share for Picture Book Month? Let us know in the comments below.

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