Picture Books for Kids

This is a collection of all of my book lists for children that feature our favorite picture books. Book lists are arranged by theme. You will find folktales from around the world, holiday books, wordless book, our best books of the year as well as titles on many other topics. Happy reading!

Books to Inspire Artistic Creativity

Books to inspire kids to make art.

With the advent of my “my kid hates art” series, a list of picture books to inspire artistic creativity seemed like the perfect accompaniment to my mission to get my son to enjoy art just a wee bit. Fortunately, the library shelves are full of books that will inspire creativity in kids. Leave your additions… Keep Reading →

1970s Children’s Books {Picture Books}

10 classic children's books from the 1970s

This list of 1970s children’s books is meant as the picture book companion to my post about great 1970s chapter book classics that I compiled a few years ago as part of my series, Children’s Classics by the Decade in which I shared favorites from the 20th century. I think it is safe to say all… Keep Reading →

8 Banned Books Your Kids Should Read

Banned books for kids. Books I loved as a kid and books my children love now.

In celebration of Banned Books Week, I encourage you to read or check out at least one title from this banned books list. I admit, that I do not readily understand the need for parents to censor their child’s reading. Even when my kids enjoy books I hate, I don’t tell them no. I have even… Keep Reading →

Children’s Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

10 children's books for Hispanic Heritage Month. Picture books every child will enjoy.

Every kid will love these children’s books for Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s so important to me that my kids read books that reflect a diversity of experiences. Latino culture has had a huge impact on life here in the US so it stand to reason books reflecting that culture should be part of every child’s reading education. Picture… Keep Reading →

Favorite Children’s Books of the Year (so far)

New children's books of 2014 that are the kids' favorites.

I love to keep on top of the new children’s books that are published every year. My library hold list is usually filled with books that are still “on order”. For the past few years I’ve shared our favorite picture books of the year in a series of lists every few months. I’m a little behind… Keep Reading →

14 Children’s Books that Challenge Gender Stereotypes

Children's books that break gender stereotypes. Click through for entire book list.

Books should reflect a diversity of children’s experiences. The picture books on this list challenge gender stereotypes. These titles celebrate the fact that not every child fits into society’s preconceived notion of what it means to be a boy or a girl. I don’t want my kids to grow up feeling limited by their gender. Kids need to know… Keep Reading →

Mermaid Books and Crafts for Kids

Mermaid books and crafts for kids

Summer means it’s beach season and imaginative children can’t help but wonder if there are a few mermaids beneath the waves. Spark their imagination with some fun mermaid books. Even though long time readers (you.are.the.best.) know I’m not one to do book related crafts with my kids, that doesn’t mean I don’t like them. (It… Keep Reading →

12 Picture Books about Theater for Kids

Children's books about theater, acting, and being part of an audience

This list of children’s books about theater has been rattling around in my brain for a while. Do you take your kids to the theater? Perhaps you have a budding thespian, playwright or stage hand? Maybe you think to yourself (not that you’d admit it, of course), “my child is such a drama queen.” The… Keep Reading →