picture book

book with images at least as important as words, commonly directed at children and featuring a story

A picture book combines visual and verbal narratives in a book format, most often aimed at young children. The images in picture books use a range of media such as oil paints, acrylics, watercolor, and pencil, among others. Two of the earliest books with something like the format picture books still retain now were Heinrich Hoffmann's Struwwelpeter from 1845 and Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit from 1902. Some of the best-known picture books are Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings, Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat, and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. The Caldecott Medal (established 1938) and Kate Greenaway Medal (established 1955) are awarded annually for illustrations in children's literature. From the mid-1960s several children's literature awards include a category for picture books.
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genre: picture book




children's fantasy story and picture book, 1988, opening the Catwings series

author: Ursula K. Le Guin
illustrator: S. D. Schindler


Catwings Return

children's fantasy story and picture book, 1989

author: Ursula K. Le Guin
illustrator: S. D. Schindler


We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Children's picture book

author: Michael Rosen
illustrator: Helen Oxenbury


The Strange Library

book by Haruki Murakami

author: Haruki Murakami
illustrator: Maki Sasaki

2005 or 2014

Madeline's Rescue

book by Ludwig Bemelmans

author: Ludwig Bemelmans


The Snowy Day

book by Ezra Jack Keats

author: Ezra Jack Keats
illustrator: Ezra Jack Keats


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