Looking for something cheery and charming to read? Try my new go-to remedy: picture books! Now, I realize that some people have ample exposure to picture books thanks to children, or grandchildren or perhaps even your occupation. But some of us don’t cross paths with picture books as often and yet when I do, I usually find myself engrossed in the story AND the art. I also often find myself reading them aloud to enjoy the wonderful sense of rhythm and wordplay. They cover the gamut from whimsical to serious, but all will add a little inspiration into your day!
Not sure where to start? I know my colleagues in Youth Services would be happy to give suggestions in person, or you could look at their list of recommended picture books by topic. You could also take a look at the list of Caldecott
Medal Award winners and honor books. (Oh, and the three titles pictured in this post are ones I have enjoyed and would suggest.)
Unconvinced that picture books are the way to go? Take a look at this sweet video created in honor of November being Picture Book Month.
Already a hardcore picture book aficionado? Then perhaps you should be planning a trip to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (although it IS in Massachusetts, so pack snacks!)