Did you know that November is Picture Book Month? Founded by a small core group of author-illustrators – and “championed” by kid lit faves such as Tomie dePaola, Rosemary Wells and Mercer Mayer – Picture Book Month is dedicated to celebrating the printed picture book in all its story-delivering, imagination-stretching glory!
Here at Winnipeg Public Library we’re huge fans of picture books too, of course. We’re constantly adding to our collection so we definitely recommend popping into a library branch on a regular basis to see what’s come in. Want to see what’s new in picture books (other titles too!) before you head in? Librarian Pro Tip: head on over to our catalogue and click on the “New Titles” tab. There you’ll find direct links to catalogue searches of our latest titles for the most in-demand parts of our collection. We keep these lists going back for 3 months, so there are always plenty of new items to browse. Here’s a list of the picture books we added in October (can you say “happy holidays”?).
The genre of picture books is *huge* in scope and while browsing through shelves and shelves of these colourful offerings can be great fun, we often get asked about our favourites or some help to otherwise narrow the options down. One of the best lists out there comes out of the New York Public Library. Their “100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know” is a classic document (though it was put together pretty recently, in 2005!). NYPL has made way on their site for a new set of lists, but “100 Picture Books” has been reproduced and shared ever since it was created. Here’s a great, printable version. (To check out other NYPL lists for kids, check out their page here.)
Another good way to narrow your picture book-picking is to take a look at some award-winners. You can find lists of titles that have won awards like the Governor General’s Literary Awards – Children’s Illustration, the Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon Illustrator Awards (Cdn) and, of course, that well-known medal – the Caldecott – all by clicking on the “Good Reads” tab in our catalogue.
Of course, what really matters are the reactions you get from the children you’re sharing your book picks with – award winners or not. We love to hear what you’re enjoying reading with the young people in your life, so if you’ve stumbled upon a sure-fire favourite – something you think other parents and caregivers just *have* to know about! – be sure to tell us all about it next time you pop in.