Best Picture books for kids

Picture books are an artistic introduction to the world of literature for kids,

which plays a serious part in their development.

Picture books are meant to be read out loud, this makes them the perfect reading reserve for sharing stories with kids.

As we read aloud, we are also able to have discussions with our children about what we are reading.

And we can offer them to comment on the story and ask questions about it.


The dialogues deepen children’s understanding of the story. They also help kids to learn about the mode in which stories and books work.

Picture books give children a language buffet! Through the pace and rhyme in many of these books, kids experience the sounds of our languages.

The recurrence in them allows children to join in by saying some of the words of the story, even before they are able to read.

Pariksha Khatania who is a graduate in English from the University of Delhi believes

“Picture books with different stories can help the children to improve their vocabulary in that particular language. Also they get to understand different plot of the story as they get use to read them.”

And, because picture books use fewer words than novels, the words that are chosen and how they are used, is very vital.

So, the amusing use of language in these books cultivates and extends children’s own use of spoken and written language.

And then there are the artworks! Through the partnership between the words on the page and the pictures, kids make meaning from what is being read to them and learn to adore stories.

But they also learn to “read” images.

They cultivate the skill of interpreting visual images, and you only have to think about the number of commercials you see every day to understand what an important life skillfulness that is!

And finally, there is that crucial human quality of compassion. Picture books permit young children to join someone else’s world just for a jiffy. They benefit children to begin learning how to step into someone else’s shoes and to see life from a different standpoint. Developing the skill to do this takes lots of practice, and picture books deliver a safe place to start the procedure.

So, picture books may be entertaining and magical but actually, they’re important!

Swister Yong who is a Branch Manager & SME Head at a financial institution says

“Picture books are a good form of transpiring message across to the reader. Whether it is educational is very much depend on the content, the target reader, the story, the outcome and benefit after reading it.”

Here are some wonderful picture books

to make your kid read in his early years to develop those imaginative muscles and pop the creative prowess he has inside him.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

 Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

ChickaChicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert

Caps for Sale by EsphyrSlobodkina

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Olivia by Ian Falconer

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth

These books will not only help your kid to enhance his/her mental prowess but will always teach them how to have a strong sense of imagination and thinking capabilities.

Make sure to add some or all of these in your kid’s little library.

Books will be on the shelf, but your kid will go a long way.

What To Teach A Kid With Picture Story Books?

Undoubtedly, picture storybooks are engaging and are a definite kid’s attractor. But the real question is that, are they really beneficial? In other words, can we at-least use these picture books to groom our children? Yes, with the specific and relevant procedure you will be able to teach your child the desired content using picture book.  Let’s look at how and what to teach a kid with a picture story book.


This can be taught to your child either explicitly or implicitly with the help of picture books. Picture storybooks contain several stories that stress the basic moral value – sharing. The stories; monkey and the dog, how do dinosaurs play with their friends; all these share a single aspect through their entire stories i.e. sharing. If these stories don’t explicitly hit your child then teach your children the value of sharing by at-least making them share their picture book with their friends. I said ‘at-least’.


Many picture storybooks intentionally incorporate a particular story that deals with science domain. Mostly it will be having a context where a child will ask science-related queries to an educated elderly person and they will be answering the same. The advantage of a picture storybook is that the subject will be explained accompanying with its picture. This makes the learning process easier. For example, if a context of hydrochloric acid is dealt using a picture it speaks a lot more than the text. You may ask what. A picture of using a hydrochloric acid will convey that hydrochloric acid is a liquid; its usage will depict that it should be used with care, the scenario will signify that it should be mostly used in laboratory arena and many more aspects with respects to the infographics used.

Honesty and reward

No matter which picture book you are referring to. Honesty and reward are the subjects that are a mandate for a kid’s book. The sayings and stories in the picture book would show how honesty is the only thing that matters in the end and who stands by it will be the ultimate recipient of the reward. Teaching with pictures along with it will embed this value deep into your kid brain. The positive side is that even if your child is only interested in the reward during the initial stages he/she would be fed that the only way to attain is through honesty.

Picture storybooks are actually restricted as a fun material. On the other hand, they are more efficient than a typically intended value oriented book. So it’s time to buy your kids some real things that provide them fun and learning at the same time.

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