My daughter, age 7, loves picture books, but I find that many of them lack the complex plotting and sophisticated language she’s come to enjoy in the easy readers & middle-grade chapter books we read together.
I asked the good people of Twitter to help me — jog my memory, give me some fresh ideas — of longform picture books.
Herewith, a list, in no particular order. The list is a mix of authors & specific titles (with authors):
- Canterbury Tales, retold by Marcia Williams
- Patricia Polacco
- Hattie & The Wild Waves, by Barbara Cooney
- The Oxcart Man, by Barbara Cooney
- The King’s Stilts, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins & Bartholomew and the Oobleck, all by Dr. Seuss
- Jill Barklem
- Babar series by de Brunhoff (warning: racism/colonialism)
- Polo series, by Regis Faller (wordless)
- Trina Schart Hyman’s many retellings of fairy tales
- Wizardology/Pirateology/Dragonology/Mythology books
- Babymouse series by Jennifer L. Holm
- Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale
- Mouse Guard, by David Peterson
- Minpins, by Roald Dahl
- Melisande, by E. Nesbit
- A Bad Case of Stripes, by David Shannon
- The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum, by Kate Bernheimer
- Archie Comics
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
- Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick
- Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo
- Douglas Florian
- The Pet Project, by Lisa Wheeler
- Talking Eggs, by Robert San Souci & Jerry Pinkney
- Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, John Steptoe
- Wizard of Oz & Peter Pan (both pop-ups) by Robert Sabuda
- Beatrix Potter
Many thanks to everyone who responded to my query with such great suggestions!
Do you have other suggestions? Let us know in the comments!