It should be no surprise by this point that I am an avid reader and lover of books.
I also happen to have a growing collection of children's picture books that I display on a shelf outside my office. Every time I walk down the hallway into my office I walk by these books, sometimes stopping to open a page and see what pops up - I never know when I might see or read something that sparks a story within myself that I'm able to then bring into my own work. I consider these to be "my" books but kids do check them out from time to time.
One of my favorite ways to collect these kinds of books is when I travel. I picked up a couple of them when I visited Magnolia and others are from smaller, independent bookstores I enjoy visiting when I travel.
What I look for in picture books:
- educational (facts + information)
- inspirational (cool illustrations)
- encouraging adventure (bring on the travel)
I wanted to share these with you now because books like this make awesome gifts. Below you'll find an exterior photo along with one interior photo that gives you an idea of what the inside looks like.
This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe | An illustrated version of Day In The Life focusing on seven different kids/places in the world? Yes, please. This is a fantastic book showing how different a day can look for kids around the world via the lens of things like how they get to school/transportation, what they eat, how they play, etc.
This Is New York by Miroslav Lasek | Just love. I basically want the whole collection of these books.
This Is Paris by Miroslav Sasek | One of my dreams is to take the kids to Paris so you'll see a few books about Paris in my collection.
A Walk In Paris by Salvatore Rubbino | I love variety in illustrations and the "sightseeing" nature of this one.
Everything & Everywhere by Marc Martin | This is one of my most recent additions and it quickly became a favorite for the illustrations which are just so cool. I love learning about other cultures and what makes places unique. When I first got this one I had the best time going through the entire thing page by page.
You Belong Here by M.H. Clark, Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault | This is one that I picked up at Magnolia when I was visiting last spring. I love the sentiment of inclusion and the beautiful illustrations. This one is more of a story than most of the other fact-based ones I gravitate towards.
The 50 States by Gabrielle Balkan, Illustrated by Sol Linero | This is a long time favorite that I've sent to family members for the holidays before (and bought a copy for the McKercher's when we first met). Give me all the facts paired with cool illustrations.
We Are The Change | This book includes words from Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr alongside illustrations from a wide variety of present day illustrators (including one of my favorites Lisa Congdon which is likely one of the reasons I heard about this in the first place).
Birds And Their Feathers by Britta Teckentrup | This is the other book I picked up earlier this year from Magnolia and I vividly remember picking it up and thinking about how cool it is that we can be inspired by so many different things in this world. In my workshops I like to talk about becoming a translator of ideas and I regularly challenge myself to find inspiration in new places - reading books gives me new ideas for ways of seeing the world.
Just seeing that this author/illustartor has another one about eggs. Into my Amazon cart it goes.
National Parks Of The USA by Kate Siber, Illustrated by Chris Turnham | This is another recent addition to my collection and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I totally want to visit all the National Parks and I'm all in regarding the amazing illustrations and details in this one.
Okay my friends! That's a look at my current collection.
Do you have a favorite picture book that you love? Share it in the comments. Picture books aren't just for kids!