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Celebrate Picture Book Month with These Recommended Books!

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November 6, 2022

November is a great time to celebrate picture books; days are shorter and more time is spent indoors, which means more time for reading! Not only that, but the Children's Book Council (CBC) officially designated November as Picture Book month!

If you're looking for some new books to read with your kids (maybe you want to reach your next 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten goal?, here are three picture books that I personally think are amazing!

 

 

 


Book Cover: FARMHOUSE

"FARMHOUSE" by SOPHIE BLACKALL

I enjoy the way history comes alive in Sophie Blackall’s Caldecott-winning book Hello Lighthouse, and her latest book is rich in history as well. In Farmhouse, decades of history are explored through a house. The text is actually one long rhyming sentence! Aside from the story, I could admire these illustrations for hours. There are so many details and textures to notice!

Book Cover: WATERCRESS

"WATERCRESS " by ANDREA WANG AND JASON CHIN

The text of Watercress is an autobiographical poem. As the child of Chinese immigrants living in Ohio, the main character eats wild watercress foraged from a ditch by the side of the road. She is embarrassed by this because it’s unusual and—like so many things her family has to rely on—it’s free. Then her mother shares a story about her family in China that changes her mind about the meaning of watercress. The heavy subject likely makes this a book that older children and adults will appreciate. The poem’s emotion comes through so well in the illustrations by Jason Chin, for which he won a Caldecott award.

Book Cover: THE DEPTH OF THE LAKE AND THE HEIGHT OF THE SKY

"THE DEPTH OF THE LAKE AND THE HEIGHT OF THE SKY " by KIM JIHYUN

There are no words in The Depth of the Lake and the Height of the Sky, but the illustrations tell the story. A school age boy goes with his parents to visit relatives in the country. While the adults talk, he walks out to the lake with his dog and swims. Blues and greys are used as a color scheme throughout. I really love the scenic landscape views of rolling hills and the lush natural scenes of the forest.


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