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. With the narrative told primarily through text, they are distinct from comics, which do so primarily through sequential images. The images in picture books are commonly produced in a range of media, such as oil paints, acrylics, watercolor, and pencil, among others. Two of the earliest works in the format of modern picture books are 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. Since the mid-1960s, several children's literature awards have included a category for picture books.
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genre: picture book


We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Children's picture book

author: Michael Rosen
illustrator: Helen Oxenbury


Diary of a Wombat

book by Jackie French

author: Jackie French, Bruce Whatley


Madeline's Rescue

book by Ludwig Bemelmans

author: Ludwig Bemelmans


The Red Tree

book by Shaun Tan

author: Shaun Tan


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