Before they read words, children are reading pictures. ~ David Weisner

November is picture book month. Picture book month is an international initiative to encourage everyone to celebrate literacy with picture books. Picture books pack amazing benefits for kids. Here are just a few of the many benefits:

  • Strengthen relationships

  • Increase vocabulary

  • Increase empathy

  • Promote reading and learning

  • Promotes imagination

  • Promotes comprehension

  • Sets kids up on a path of successPicture book month

Celebrate picture book month by reading a picture book a day to a child everyday during November. Actually, you know that I think we need to read a picture book every day to a child every day of the year. 🙂 Reading aloud to a child is the single most important thing you do to set them up for future success.

According to Reading Is Fundamental (R.I.F.) two thirds of low income homes don’t have access to books. Having access to books in addition to reading aloud is the number one way to set children up for reading success.

Did you know that you can donate a picture book? Did you know that Literate For Life gives away free books to children that don’t have access to books? We do. Help us celebrate picture book month by getting more books into the hands of children. If you would like to donate a book to a child, please contact me.  We love to match books to kids so that they are on the road to being Literate For Life.

Additionally, I came across a program in place that Michelle Eastman began, Picture Book Pass It On. Learn about it here. picture book month

It is extremely difficult for me to narrow down my favorite picture books to share with you for picture book month to just five books because I love, love picture books. (Did I mention that I love picture books? 😉 I truly do. All picture books.) However, here are five of my all time “go to” books to read to kids. Picture book month is a perfect time to share these. 🙂

  1. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch Love you forever

    The first time I read this book, I read it to a group of sixth graders. I read it to them so that they could role model the pattern in their own writing and write about someone they loved. Well, even before I had my own children, I choked up. Yes, that’s right. Right there in front of all those sixth graders, I started to cry. This book touches everyone’s heart. It is a must read for every parent.

  2. Leo The Late Bloomer by Robert KrausPicture book month

    This is a favorite because of the life lesson we all learn from Leo. Leo is a little tiger that isn’t good at anything at first. All of his friends can write, draw, eat neatly, etc. Leo is a mess and can’t read. In time, Leo blooms. He can read! I love to use this book to illustrate that we all bloom in our own time. We all develop at different rates. It is a lovely, sweet story that all kids relate to.

  3. The Mitten by Jan BrettThe mitten

    Jan Brett has amazing, intricate illustrations that I love. (I love all her books.) Kids love them too. She also has a little illustration that previews what will happen on the next page. This book is not only a classic, but it is a wonderful story that children love. It teaches sequence of events.

  4. The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carlepicture book month

    I haven’t found an Eric Carle book that I don’t like. I just love all of his books. This is a classic that kids love. They enjoy the holes in the pages that illustrate where the caterpillar ate as well as the days of the week. There are so many skills being taught in this colorful, fun book. Children read this one over and over again.

  5. Strega Nona by Tomie DePaolapicture book month

    I fell in love with all of Tomie DePaola’s books when I was first introduced to them in my children’s literature course in college. He spins a wonderful story that grips kids’ attention. In addition, he has lovely illustrations. If you look closely, you can find his “trademark”, a heart, on almost every page. Strega Nona is book number one in a wonderful series about an Italian family. It is a number one best selling classic.

Bonus: Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberleypicture book month

This book made the list because it is highly engaging. Children love to interact with this book as you read it. After you read it, they pick it up and read it again and again. They are interested in the die-cut designs on the pages that build the monster’s face. Then, page after page, the monster’s features disappear, when they say, “Go away…” Children laugh, have fun, and read this gem.

I hope that you celebrate each and everyday with a picture book not just during November, Picture Book Month.

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Happy Reading! 🙂

Let’s make a positive difference~ one word at a time.


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