in , ,

Beautiful Picture Books For Children

Learning made visual, learning made fun with these.

Photo by Picsea on Unsplash

Mathematics this yadda yadda yadda. Language that yadda yadda yadda. Recess time is pretty much the only activity that resonates with the kids.

Kids get tired of being bombarded verbally by the lectures their teachers so eagerly want to give them during the whole class schedule. Then having to come home and listen to their parents do the same thing too!? Madness.

Let the kids learn on their own in a different way. Have them take a peek at these educational picture books for children that’ll have them learning while entertaining them. Take a look.

#1 Timothy’s Lessons In Good Values by Christopher Gordon

Timothy's Lessons In Good Values by Christopher Gordon
This book would be a great suggestion for kids as it teaches them the importance of morals and values that they would be able to have throughout their lives. It gives them hope of becoming their own unique superhero by spreading positivity in everyday situations. The stories include situations that kids actually face throughout life (& school), so it is very relatable to them. Through the stories they are able to get a better understanding of morals and values that are crucial in the world today, and it inspires the kids to be a better version of themselves. The stories show them both sides of a situation, so that they can have the full understanding, of how their actions affect/influence other people. Overall it’s a positive and inspiring book to have as well as educative and informative.

Timothy’s Lessons In Good Values Volume 2 shows Timothy as he transforms into the Warrior of Good Values to defeat his enemies and stands up for what is right and just. He shows his audience that they too, can be a Warrior of Good Values! This book is an interactive Children’s Book that consists of three stories about Obedience, Responsibility and Kindness. At the end of each story, there is a question and answer activity, where teachers can get involved with students, or parents can get involved with their kids to further understand the value being taught from each story.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#2 Big Kid: For when you’re feeling small in a BIG, BIG world

Big Kid: For when you're feeling small in a BIG, BIG world
Come along on a journey through the jungle and to the big city! Children will discover dinosaurs, airplanes, trains, and more while learning they are bigger than they know. This book is for small children to feel empowered in a big, big world.

Big Kid helps young children with social-emotional development and contributes to positive mental health.

The book’s concept comes from a public speaking technique that professionals use before speaking to a crowd. When you’re feeling intimidated, you instead imagine yourself as something bigger to feel empowered so that you can handle anything. Whether it’s dealing with bullying, anxiety or family problems, our children often need this type of empowerment and encouragement to manage in a big, and tough world.

In addition, because of the simple storyline and repetition, young children can easily ‘read’ the book and recognise simple words, which helps them develop necessary pre-reading skills. Big Kid helps young children with social-emotional development and contributes to positive mental health. Read and watch the video whenever your child is feeling helpless and needs to be empowered.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#3 There’s an Elephant in My Bathtub

There's an Elephant in My Bathtub
This book models imagination and kindness by a loving father who finds animals in various places around the house. The sing along video on YouTube is fun too!

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#4 Nathan and Nana Cassandra Superheroes

Nathan and Nana Cassandra Superheroes
I am the author of Nathan and Nana Cassandra – Superheroes. This book provides a vehicle for teachers and parents to begin talking to young children about the importance of volunteering. The story also celebrates diversity among cultures and ages, as a little boy learns from his nana the word for good deed in Hebrew, Spanish and Arabic.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#5 Bee Still: An Invitation to Meditation by Frank J. Sileo

Bee Still: An Invitation to Meditation by Frank J. Sileo
In our hectic world, kids can learn mindful meditation to help them slow down, breathe, and soothe difficult feelings.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#6 Bee Calm: The Buzz on Yoga by Frank J. Sileo

Bee Calm: The Buzz on Yoga by Frank J. Sileo
A sequel to Bee Still, Bentley Bee return to learn all about the buzz on yoga. A great introduction to yoga practice for children.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#7 A Trail of Honesty by J.A. Angelo

A Trail of Honesty by J.A. Angelo
Just in time for vacations and adventures in the wilderness, A Trail ofHonesty is the go-to guide for children 4-8 years old. This picture book explains to them that lying in the wilderness can present bodily harm and damage to objects. It also explains to children that danger lurks in the forest and that it is important to stay with an adult.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#8 The Bad Seed by Jory John

The Bad Seed by Jory John
K-Gr 2—Corn kernels, pistachios, peanuts, and other seeds gasp and point as a baaaaaaaaaaad seed goes by. When others mumble about him, he can hear them because he has good hearing for a seed. The bad seed tells long jokes with no punch lines, lies about pointless stuff, and never puts things back where they belong. But he did not start out that way; it was only after a traumatic experience that he became a different seed entirely. Through a mixture of watercolour textures and digital paint, Oswald creates a faded cityscape background. The seeds, on the other hand, have stronger colours and expressive faces. (Their sticklike arms and legs and large eyes make them reminiscent of the California Raisins.) The contrast between the bright, sunlit field and the dark interior of a sunflower seed bag highlights the protagonist’s downturn in fortune. Young readers will find the list of all the seed’s offenses amusing, and the illustration of the flies and stench surrounding him (he never washes his hands or feet) is sure to elicit laughter. Even the very youngest can follow along as the pictures provide evidence of the seed’s bad behaviour and the reactions of those around him. This is a story that opens up dialogue about our reactions to life experiences, the consequences of our choices, and the chance to make a change for the better. VERDICT This charmingly illustrated book would be a comical read-aloud and useful for class or family discussions about manners, behaviour, and reputation.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#9 Why We Fly The Rainbow book by Miss Minty Beets

Why We Fly The Rainbow book by Miss Minty Beets
A fantastic, bright, cheerful informative book that could help spark matter-of-fact conversations between kids and their adults. It’s important to me to get away from the idea that LGBT*Q+ rights are a political affair and instead focus on the simple truth: that everyone deserves love, respect and kindness.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#10 Animalium (Welcome To The Museum) by Jenny Broom

Animalium (Welcome To The Museum) by Jenny Broom
My three kids (aged 11, 9 and 7) all love this book. It’s like a mini natural history museum in a book. Your kids can take a tour through its pages packed with wonderful illustrations and informative text. If they’re too young for the reading, the pictures are jaw-dropping. As they get older they’ll learn huge amounts from the stats and facts – making this book tremendous value. It is based around the ‘tree of life’ idea so the animals inside go from simple sea sponges to humongous blue whales via elephants and more.

The design and the quality of the illustrations make it reminiscent of older books but with its given a modern spin that children of all ages will love.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#11 Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One by Kate Duke

Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One by Kate Duke
This is an amazing and fun book for elementary aged children. While Aunt Isabel tells a story, complete with bad guys, a problem, and a heroine, she explains how to tell a good story, what elements it needs and shows how to do it. Understanding story elements is a crucial skill for academic and social success, and this book delivers in a truly fun way.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#12 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
This is a classic children’s storybook by a well-known author. It is a deceptively simple story about one small boy’s adventures in the snow one day. Discussions about this book can be about things you can or can’t do in the snow, and sequencing the things that Peter did in the snow and at home builds children’s ability to retell stories and understand the order of things.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#13 Tommy at the Grocery Store by Bill Grossman

Tommy at the Grocery Store by Bill Grossman
This delightful book will have children laughing on the floor! Poor Tommy gets left behind in the story, and a sequence of shoppers come along and move him from department to department by virtue of his various attributes (He has ears, he must be corn). Great for building understanding of part-whole relationships. You won’t stop laughing!

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#14 The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang

The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang
This wordless picture book tells a great story while allowing children to build their own narrative. For children who need to build their skills for telling a story, wordless picture books are wonderful. Take a picture walk through this book to see how the story unfolds. Add your own words, and let children develop their own captions that tell the story. Children can use this book to tell a story regardless of their age; the story becomes more elaborate as they age.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#15 A Home for Sally by Stenetta Anthony

A Home for Sally by Stenetta Anthony
A special needs puppy Sally life changes drastically after being placed in a long-term kennel facility; leaving her vulnerable to experience emotions and behaviour she had never known before.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#16 Flying Cowboys and Confetti Rain: The Dreams of a PBR Bull

Flying Cowboys and Confetti Rain: The Dreams of a PBR Bull
Nicely illustrated, this is the tale of two young animals seeking out their destiny, which surely is better than their dull life back home. The story is both endearing and motivational, a pre-coming-of-age tale through the eyes of an unconventional pair of animals (unconventional for a children’s book, at least). The animals are a bull (Crash, a name he chose for himself) and a racoon (his sidekick, Trouble), and they are heading for a chance at fame in professional bull riding. Young readers who like animals, cowboy stories or motivational stories supported by illustrations will enjoy this book.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#17 Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz

Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz
This book is excellent to help children’s expel notions of stereotypical hobbies. In it, the protagonist, Raffi, is fond of knitting but is constantly ridiculed for having a ‘girly’ hobby. However, in the end, he saves the day with his knitting skills by averting a costume disaster at the school play, and is finally applauded by all his friends.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#18 Little Lucky Ladybug by Melissa Carter

Little Lucky Ladybug by Melissa Carter
The book is for elementary-aged kids and has a positive message for children that we’re all special in our own way.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#19 Things That Happen By Chance by Gail Daldy

Things That Happen By Chance by Gail Daldy
Things That Happen By Chance picture book shares childhood photographs captured in moments of time of a real little boy named Chance. The book is about taking a closer look at the little things in life and sharing simple life lessons that are inclusive to all children.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#20 My Mommies and Me by Annie Casta

My Mommies and Me by Annie Casta
Egypt loves to play with his red truck and red plane every day and wants to be a pilot like his mommy, Jazmin. Egypt’s friend, Tommie, has a mommy and a daddy, whereas he has two mommies, and he wonders why this is. My Mommies and Me is a charming illustrated book that teaches children about how people are different and how we accept those differences. Ever have trouble explaining to your child the different family types? This book is designed to help showcase diverse families in a simple and fun way. Whether you’re a single mom or one of two dads, we all share this land we call earth with our children.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#21 Why Elliot Has Two Daddies by Julian Ferry

Why Elliot Has Two Daddies by Julian Ferry
Once upon a time, Elliot had a Mummy, called Mummy Mim. This is the story of how he ended up with not one, but two daddies.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#22 TJ and his Wheelable Chair by Amanda Kehoe

TJ and his Wheelable Chair by Amanda Kehoe
TJ cannot walk or talk, but he still loves to listen and play with his friends. Join him as he shows that disabilities are no barrier to a happy and fulfilling life.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#23 What’s Wrong, Arty? by Linda Beckett

What's Wrong, Arty? by Linda Beckett
This book is a therapeutic adventure for children and can be used as a tool by parents, teachers and therapists as an introduction to the everyday problems in life. Author Linda Beckett is well aware of the importance of tackling mental health issues in children at a young age, and this is why she wrote this book.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#24 The Adventures of the little droplet by Lanna Gregory

The Adventures of the little droplet by Lanna Gregory
Jain the Little Droplet on its adventures around the world in the quest reach the rainbow, This is a delightful book that Will introduce the concept Of the water cycle to your little ones in a fun and enjoyable way. Full of colour, excitement and wonder, it will spur their imagination and give answers to such questions as ‘Why does it rain?’ and does the rainbow appear in the sky? Aimed at enhancing Vocabulary and scientific knowledge, it is written as a fairy-tale to appeal to the younger The Little Droplet, this fearless explorer is ready to take the readers on the thrilling— adventure that will help them get a clearer understanding Of nature’s processes and the world around them.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#25 Eke the Echidna by Peter Cowan

Eke the Echidna by Peter Cowan
What is an echidna? Is it a hedgehog? An anteater? Some kind of walking potato? Follow your field guide Eke as he traipses through the Australian bush and demonstrates some of the wonderful characteristics of these unusual Australian animals. Just please avoid being distracted by platypuses… they love the attention.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#26 Five Fluffy Ferrets by Barbara Lancaster-Williams

Five Fluffy Ferrets by Barbara Lancaster-Williams
Turnip, Kerfuffle, Fidget, Fudge and Chuck are five fluffy ferrets who just love to play. Count with them as they roll, jump and swing through the forest. Join them as they invent fantastic games to include a new friend, who repays them in a most unexpected way.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#27 Longnose and Rainbow Tail by Rod White

Longnose and Rainbow Tail by Rod White
Longnose the rhino was living quite happily in a jungle village amongst all the other animals. One day, a letter arrives, explaining his unknown cousin is on his way to visit. Who is this guy? wonders Longnose. What is his name, why is he calling me cousin; in fact, what IS a cousin? Well, Longnose meets his cousin and it turns out, they share a sense of curiosity and a love of having fun that takes them on many adventures.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#28 The Adventures of Pugalugs: The Beginning by Jessica Parish

The Adventures of Pugalugs: The Beginning by Jessica Parish
Join Pugalugs as he takes his first steps, explores his home and, most importantly, discovers his favourite flavour of puppy food! What will he see? What will he find? What will he chew?

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#29 Bongo Beats News by Michael Reed

Bongo Beats News by Michael Reed
Some thoughts and ideas seem like a good idea at the time and not stopping to consider the consequences of these thoughts and actions has our ring-tailed friend the lemur in big trouble. But being smart and quick-thinking can sometimes halt impending doom and disaster. See how this cheeky animal first gets himself in trouble then out of trouble with this fun story set in the Jungle.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#30 Tooth’s Company, Tree’s a Crowd by Lisa Ballard

Tooth's Company, Tree's a Crowd by Lisa Ballard
Josh’s plan is at risk, but when he loses a tooth, he realises the tooth fairy could actually make it a reality. Persolus’s plan isn’t at risk until Josh loses a tooth. Only a particular tooth-fairy-in-training could stand in his way, but it is unlikely it would be her. He is safe for now. Tinx the tooth fairy has a plan to win her wings and wand, and to finally give up her molar bike. Only Josh and Persolus stand in her way. With twists and turns – not just from Tinx’s overly enthusiastic driving – this story of courage, respect, friendship, and betrayal in the oak tree at the end of the garden, just up the bank and over the fence, will have you gasping, laughing, and crying. You will also start looking for Shufflings.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#31 The Boy with a Fox on His Head by David Chalmers

The Boy with a Fox on His Head by David Chalmers
It’s time for Rio to go to sleep, but his cheeky Fox has other ideas that might keep Rio awake for a very long time. Based on a true story.

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

Contributors to this article
Christopher Gordon from Eventech Corp

Janice Robinson-Celeste from Successful Black Parenting Magazine

Connie Bowman from ConnieBowman

Karen Gorback from KarenGorback

Frank J. Sileo from FrankJ.Sileo

J.A. Angelo from J.A. Angelo

Kelsey Duran from BabySensei

Tracy Lamourie from N/A

Claire Thrifty from ThriftyParent

Susan Berkowitz from susanberkowitz

Stenetta Anthony from StenettaAnthony

David Leonhardt from THGM Writers

Nirbhay Kanoria from The Curious Reader

Melissa Clark from The She Shift

Gail Daldy from LearnByChanceBooks

Alisha Billmen from Austin Macauley Publishers

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Photo by Josh Applegate on Unsplash

Foreign Language Books for Children

Tales From the Himalaya: Uplifting New Book