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Great Read Alouds: Artsy picture books

Artsy Picture Books

Most readers fell in love with reading as a child when an adult read us picture books. Picture book illustrations enhance the text of the book, which helps a child better understand the meaning of the words. The art is engaging, captivating and truly brings joy. To call the illustrations of many picture books "beautiful" seems like an understatement. The images invite us into a world, into an experience. Here are some of my favorite artsy picture books. 

Change Sings written by Amanda Gorman & illustrated by Loren Long  

Change singsChange Sings has both stunning illustrations and words you will want to re-read many times. It is a colorful and uplifting call to action, a call for change. Gorman encourages the reader to see and look for the change within oneself. Long's illustrations aptly convey the message. You hear the music and see the celebration as change begins to take hold.


The Napping House written by Audrey Wood & illustrated by Don Wood  

Napping HouseThis is a classic picture book. The text features a rhyme of words that aid in retelling. The illustrations keep you captivated and totally fit the telling of the story with calm, serene colors moving to vibrant, playful colors.


Time for Bed written by Mem Fox & illustrated by Jane Dyer  

Time for BedTime for Bed is a heartwarming book. Nightfall is here and it’s time to get ready for bed. The message is one of comfort and love at bedtime. Dyer's illustrations are beautiful showing animals and their babies preparing for bed.


The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson & illustrated by Rafael López 

Day you beginThis is a story for anyone who has ever felt like they were the "only one." The Day You Begin has a strong message of acceptance and community. The illustrations signify feelings that each of us feels  –loneliness and hope. It encourages the reader to find the beauty within and in others.


The Runaway Hug written by Nick Bland & illustrated by Freya Blackwood        

runaway hugFull of charming illustrations, The Runaway Hug invites you into a family’s home where hugs are given. Love is freely shown as a hug is shared amongst a large family readying for bed. Blackwood's illustrations show the beauty and chaos of a family’s lived-in home.


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