Name of Collection: PICTURE BOOKS

School Name: St. Aloysius School

Address: 223 West 132 St. / NY, NY 10027

Phone: 212-283-0921

Fax: 212-234-4198

Librarian: Sr. Margaret Dennehy, SC

Librarian's e-mail:

"The Picture Book is a unique art object, a combination of image and idea that allows the reader to come away with more than the sum of the parts." ( Kiefer, Barbara. The Potential of Picturebooks. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1996, 6. )

In this special classification based on format rather than content, art and story combine to create meaning, presenting an enriching choice of aesthetic experiences for young children. Although picture books have the greatest appeal from preschool through grade 3, librarians and teachers have been quick to recognize their value for all ages, as beautiful works of art and in connection with many areas of the curriculum. Through the interaction of text and illustrations, a story emerges which may be imaginative or factual, real or fantasy. The format includes a selection of exceptional wordless picture books which also succeed as story.

Picture books reflect, extend and expand a child's view of the world and understanding of self. They stimulate language development, expose young learners to the structures and forms of literature, and set a child on the path to independent reading. In selecting quality picture books for sharing in school, the library or at home, criteria include good design; appropriate and imaginative theme, plot, and characterization; distinguished art; universal appeal. Outstanding examples expose readers and listeners to a wide variety of artistic styles, techniques and media. All are enriched when notable art and inspired language work together to create beauty and pleasure for young people in the early years and beyond.

Many of the Teacher Resources and links listed below suggest ways of extending the picture book experience - through art, drama, music and other activities which encourage reflecting on the book, reinforcing comprehension, vocabulary and the pleasure of the shared story.
"The picture book is unique, and our experience of it will be something magical and personal, one that will change with each reading." (Kiefer)

Questions for Inquiry:

How can picture books support & extend the curriculum ?

Emerging literacy? ELA? Social Studies? Science? Math?

How do the creative arts contribute to the enjoyment & appreciation of the literature?

How can "extension activities" tie-in to the curriculum?

What resources are available to the librarian and classroom teacher for selecting the best picture books to read aloud & share?

Which picture books have received awards & recognition for quality and creativity?

What is the range of picture book art styles, techniques, media?

Who are the outstanding authors / illustrators of picture books, both past and present?

What are some of the ways picture books can be used with older students?

Keywords: Picture Books

Subject Headings: Picture Books / Picture Books for Children / Illustrators of Books

Dewey Decimal Classification(s): E

Key Books:


Axel-Lute, Melanie. Numbers! Colors! Alphabet!: A concept guide to children's picture books. Linworth Publications, 2003.
Barr, Catherine. Best books for children: Preschool through grade 6. Libraries Unlimited, 2010.
Fichtelberg, Susan. Primary genreflecting: A guide to picture books and easy readers. Libraries Unlimited, 2010.
Lima, Carolyn. A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books. Libraries Unlimited, 2010.
Marantz, Sylvia. Multicultural Picture Books: Art for Illuminating Our World. Scarecrow, 2005.
Marcus, Leonard. Show me a story! Why picture books matter: conversations with 21 of the world's most celebrated illustrators.
Candlewick Press, 2012.
Marcus, Leonard. Side by Side: Five Favorite Picture Book Teams Go to Work. Walker, 2007.
Messner, Patricia & Brenda Copeland. A year in picture books: Linking to the information literacy standards. Libraries Unlimited, 2007.
Nespeca, Sue McCleaf and Joan Reeve. Picture Books Plus: 100 Extension Activities in Art, Drama, Music, Math & Science. ALA, 2003.
Stanton, Joseph. The Important Books: Children's Picture Books as Art & Literature. Scarecrow, 2005.

A Representative Sample of PICTURE BOOKS: Recent Additions to This Collection ...

Baker, Keith. LMNO Peas. Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Barnett, Mac & Dan Santat. Oh no! (or how my science project destroyed the world). NY: Hyperion, 2010.
Blue, Rose & Corinne Nadeu. Illustrated by Don Tate. Ron's big mission. NY: Dutton, 2009.
Burkert, Rand & Nancy. Mouse and Lion. NY: Scholastic, 2011.
Cline-Ransome, Lesa & James E. Ransome. Words set me free: The story of young Frederick Douglass. NY: Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Cottin, Menena & Rosana Faria. The black book of colors. House of Anansi Press, 2008.
Cox, Judy & Angela Dominguez. Carmen learns English. NY: Holiday House, 2010.
Evans, Shane. Underground: Finding the light to freedom. NY: Roaring Brook, 2011.
Grigsby, Susan & Nicole Tadgell. In the garden with Dr. Carver. Chicago: Albert Whitman, 2010.
Karas, G. Brian. Young Zeus. NY: Scholastic, 2010.
Lyon, George & Katherine Tillotson. All the water in the world. NY: Atheneum, 2011.
McClements, George. Dinosaur woods. NY: Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Naidoo, beverley & Piet Grobler. Aesop's fables. London: Frances Lincoln, Ltd., 2011.
McDonnell, Patrick. Me ... Jane. NY: Little Brown, 2011.
Pinkney, Jerry. The lion and the mouse. Little, Brown, 2009.
Raschka, Chris A ball for Daisy. NY: Random House, 2011.
Ray, Mary Lyn Ray & Marla Frazee. Stars. NY: Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Rosen, Michael & Kevin Waldron. Tiny little fly. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2010.
Schoenherr, Ian. Read it, don't eat it! NY: Greenwillow, 2009.
Sherman, Pat & Floyd Cooper. Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010.
Smith, Lane. Grandpa Green. Roaring Brook, 2011.
Stead, Erin & Philip. A sick day for Amos McGee. Roaring Brook, 2010.
Stein, David Ezra. Interrupting chicken. Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2010.
Sweet, Melissa. Balloons over Broadway. NY: Houghton Mifflin, 2011.
Tonatiuh, Duncan. Dear Primo: A letter to my cousin. NY: Abrams, 2010.

EdVideo Online / Power Media Plus:

Search : "Primary (K - 3) >> Children's Literature" for over 300 digital videos for downloading and/or streaming.


"From one easy-to-use website, TeachingBooks makes instantly available original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, audio excerpts of professional book readings, guides to thousands of titles and a wealth of multimedia resources on children's and young adult literature."

Magazine Articles


Arnold, Renea & Neil Colbum. "A Picture's Worth ... Wordless Bks Can Jump-start Some Sublime Conversations." School Library Journal 52.1 (January 2006), 39.
Englefried, Steven. "Artful Alphabets." School Library Journal 52:1 (Jan2006), 65.


NOVEL: These journal articles can be found on-line at **** . Search "MasterFILE Select".

Buzzeo, Toni. "Celebrating Dads in Picture Books". Book Links 14:5 (May2005), 28-32.
Crum, Shutta. "Using Picture Books to Teach Literary Techniques". Book Links 16:4 (Mar2007), 57-60.
Chick, Kay A. "Fostering Student Collaboration through the Use of Historical Picture Books". Social Studies 97:4 (Jul/Aug2006), 157.
Davies, Anne. "Talking with Leo & Diane Dillon". Book Links 14:3 (Jan2005), 45-48.
Erbach, Mary M. "Illustration as Art - Color". Book Links 16:4 (March 2007), 33-36.
Pearson, Molly Blake. "Speaking to Their Hearts: Using Picture Books in the History Classroom." Library Media Connection 24:3 (Nov2005), 30-32.
Raczka, Bob. "My Own Little Works of Art". Book Links 18:1 (Sep2008), 48-49.
Schröder, Monika. "The Art of Paul O. Zelinsky". Book Links 18:1 Sep2008), 14-18.
Singh, Anne Davies. "Seizing the Moment with Illustrator Mini-Studies". Book Links 18:1 (Sep2008), 21-23
Vardell, Sylvia M. "Linking Picture Books & Poetry". Book Links 16:3 (Jan2007), 44-47.
Von Drasek, Lisa. "The "Wow" Factor. " Teaching PreK-8 36:4 (Jan2006), 62-63.
Wojahn, Rebecca Hogue. " Talking with Lois Ehlert". Book Links 18:1 (Sep2008), 26-27.

Web Sites: ....... about Picture Books, Awards, etc.

100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know. Recommended Reading from The New York Public library.


Ezra Jack Keats New Writer / New Illustrator Awards
Hans Christian Andersen Award

Children's Pictuure Book Database
50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know / The Charlotte Zolotow Award + more

Author / Illustrator Websites

Alma Flor Ada
The Official ERIC CARLE Website
ERIC CARLE Museum of Picture Book Art
Tomi De Paola
Kevin Henkes
Ezra Jack Keats
Leo Lionni
Pat Mora
Laura Numeroff
Faith Ringold
Peter Sis
Rosemary Wells

Storytime on line: Harlem: A Poem by Walter Dean &Christopher Myers

Author / Illustrator Interviews

Ashley Bryan
Bryan Collier

Pat Cummings
Lulu Delacre
Jerry Pinkney
Allen Say
Chris Van Allsburg**

General Children's Literature Websites

The Children's Book Council**
  • Links to Author /Illustrator websites
  • Reading Lists - 75 Authors / Illustrators Everyone Should Know: Preschool - Kindergarten - Grades 1-2-3
International Children's Digital Library

KidSpace @ The Internet Public Library2

ON-LION for KIDS: NYPL Children's Website

Community Resources:

New York Public Library
Queens Public Library
Brooklyn Public Library**

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

NYS English Language Arts
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
Students will listen, speak, read, and write for information and understanding. As listeners and readers, students will collect data, facts, and ideas; discover relationships, concepts, and generalizations; and use knowledge generated from oral, written, and electronically produced texts.

Standard 2: Language for Literary Response and Expression
Students will read and listen to oral, written, and electronically produced texts and performances from American and world literature; relate texts and performances to their own lives; and develop an understanding of the diverse social, historical, and cultural dimensions the texts and performances represent. As speakers and writers, students will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language for self-expression and artistic creation.

NYC Performance Standards:
Reading Standard 1: Reading Habits (Being Read to / Reading a lot /Discussing books / Vocabulary)
Reading Standard 2: Getting the Meaning
Reading Standard 3: Print - Sound Code