Celebrate National Picture Book Month | MPHPL 

Celebrate National Picture Book Month

Celebrate National Picture Book Month

Celebrate National Picture Book Month with us at MPHPL! Who doesn’t like to pick up a picture book? Typically geared towards our youngest of readers, picture books can be fun for all ages. Picture books tell us a story by using images on the page. These images along with the printed word bring the story alive to our children. We are engaging young readers to written words, exposing them to a world that can take them to different places.

Picture books can evoke memories in us as adults and create new memories for our children as we share these great stories. Picture books also help develop emotions with our children, whether happy, sad, anger, or mad. They can laugh or learn about empathy by reading stories. Sometimes children may face similar experiences in their own lives that they can relate to through reading a picture book. This helps them learn how to deal with their own experiences, even at an early age.

Picture books allow children to read a story and reread it in their own words. It allows children to recreate the story, imagine it in their own way and interact with a story. Reading to our children helps to grown their imagination. The more we read to children, the better they will be with their own literacy skills.

The MPHPL Youth Services Staff shared some of their favorite picture books and why they love them:

  • Ball by Mary Sullivan- fun to read using only the word “ball”.
  • Chrysanthemum (and his other mouse books) by Kevin Henkes- these books address fears and other challenges of childhood in a safe way.
  • Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin- loves the wording and how the story is hilarious!
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman- shares the story of a stuffed teddy bear in a department store, who starts an adventure looking for his lost button. The story ends with friendship as he goes to a new home and is loved.
  • Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems- this book is a gem! The real photographs blended with cartoon-illustrations makes for fun pictures to tell the story. Both children and parents can relate to the story. Children will realize that Knuffle Bunny is suddenly missing and the reason why Trixie is upset. But it is also for parents trying to communicate with their child and understand why Trixie is upset, crying, fussy, and suddenly “boneless”. It is a hilarious take to an everyday occurrences with parents of young children.
  • Mouse’s First Fall (Mouse’s First Winter and Mouse’s First Snow) by Lauren Thompson- the books are perfect for the little ones, with not too many words on each page. The art work is bright and colorful. These books relate well to the everyday life of young children
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen- memories being made between a father and daughter and also the mysterious joy of going for a walk in the woods while keeping an eye out for wildlife. This book brings back memories of family vacations of trips to National Parks that instilled a great love, admiration, and respect for nature including a love for the silent majesty of owls.
  • Pig the Elf (Pig the Pug Series) by Aaron Blabey- these are fun character building stories that teach about correcting behaviors.
  • The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch- Munsch made Princess Elizabeth the heroine of the story. She rescued Prince Ronald instead waiting to be rescued herself. Princess Elizabeth saves herself from the fierce dragon through her own wits. Unlike the classic fairy tales with sword fights and battles, Princess Elizabeth wears the dragon down by asking him to show her how much fire he can breathe and how fast he can fly around the entire world (twice!). She saves herself, and Ronald, by putting the dragon to sleep!
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (or any of the Pigeon series) by Mo Willems- fun and interactive for parents and children to read together.


Stop by any MPHPL location to find these and other picture books today!

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