Picture Books

The Red Tree, Shaun Tan

The Red Tree by Shaun Tan

My #1 picture book. Gorgeous, weird art accompanies a story of desperation and loneliness that blossoms into hope.


The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

One of few books from my childhood that I still love.

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”


The Heart and the Bottle, Oliver Jeffers

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

When a little girl loses someone she loves, she puts her heart in a bottle. Will anyone be able to help her take it out again?


Phileas's Fortune, Agnes LeStrade, Valeria Docampo

Phileas’s Fortune: A Story about Self-Expression
by Agnes de Lestrade, illustrated by Valeria Docampo

Phileas has trouble expressing himself, so he begins collecting words wherever he can. But sometimes they come out a bit garbled. Hopefully his love will understand …

Illustrator Valeria Docampo is a favorite.


What Do You Do With an Idea? Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom

What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom

I guess that’s what we’re all wondering around here, huh? Well, just you wait until you see the answer. It’s a doozy, and too right.


Red Knit Cap Girl, Naoko Stoop

Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop

Naoko Stoop’s little Red Knit Cap Girl stole my heart before she was in a picture book. Who could resist her and that floppy bunny that follows her everywhere?

(P.S. Naoko Stoop herself is pretty great, too.)


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