With new books for adults and children being published all the time, it can be a difficult task to find a good picture book to enjoy with your young ones. We all remember favorite picture books from our own childhood, but finding just the right book to spark your child’s interest can be hard. What makes a picture book a “Classic?” Many people today would agree that a good plot, strong illustrations and a fun character to identify with makes a classic picture book.
Some of the best illustrated and most loved Children’s picture books are stories like,”Chica,Chica, Boom Boom”by John Archambault and Bill Martin, Jr. and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Brightly colored cut outs and fun wording tell a story about the alphabet letters climbing trees and is good for children practicing their letters, or just learning their alphabet.
“Goodnight Moon” By Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd is a well loved classic from the 1940′s about a bunny telling his bedroom and his possessions goodnight.Another well known picture book is “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” Written by Laura Numeroff and is illustrated by Felicia Bond. A silly story about the consequences of giving a mouse a cookie is beautifully illustrated and a select favorite of many.
“Where The Wild Things Are” written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak was recently turned into a big screen hit. Published in 1963 and put into paperback in 1984, it tells the story of little boy Max, who goes to bed with no supper and dreams of a land filled with wild beasts and monsters,how Max conquers the beasts,and wakes snug and safe in his bed.
These books have been around for years, and are all strong stories with wonderful illustrations and are considered by many to be “Classics”. Introduce your child to the wonder of reading with these well loved stories, and find yourself enjoying them just as much!