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

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Where the Wild Things Are

1963 children's picture book by Maurice Sendak

author: Maurice Sendak
illustrator: Maurice Sendak

1963

The Strange Library

book by Haruki Murakami

author: Haruki Murakami
illustrator: Maki Sasaki

2005 or 2014

Diary of a Wombat

book by Jackie French

author: Jackie French, Bruce Whatley

2002

Make Way for Ducklings

children's book by Robert McCloskey

author: Robert McCloskey
illustrator: Robert McCloskey

1941

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