Did you know that November is Picture Book Month? In my world every month is Picture Book Month -- except this October, which became Young Adult Book Month for me. But hey, I'm always up for a special celebration of my favorite genre, and an opportunity to cheer on the benefits of reading with kids.
Officially, "Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November". PictureBookMonth.com hosts the celebration with guest posts by children's book authors, illustrators and publishers. Most answer the question "Picture books are important because..."
Here are some of my favorite answers, from this year and last:
- Toni Buzzeo (author of One Cool Friend )
- Laura Vaccaro Seeger (author of Bully and Green )
- Chris Raschka (A Ball for Daisy, Hip Hop Dog),
- Brett Helquist (Bedtime for Bear , Series of Unfortunate Events , A Christmas Carol)
- Daniel Kirk (Library Mouse , Chugga Chugga Choo Choo).
PictureBookMonth.com will be posting daily essays on the topic, and I plan to read them all. It's a great way to get your kids exciting about reading.
In honor of Picture Book Month, I will posting special content weekly, plus compiling a few new booklists this month. Keep your eye out for the first one, 18 Wonderfully Wordless Picture Books, early next week. In the meantime, what is your very favorite picture book? I haven't kept quiet about mine in the past. But I'll say it again: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen is the most perfect picture book ever made. It belongs in every kid's home library.