Most of us can remember our favorite picture book from when we were little. That book that looked like it had been partially eaten by a dog (perhaps it was). That book that we wanted someone to read to us again and again and again. Mine was Where the Wild Thing Are by Maurice Sendak. I still have it, with its torn cover, worn pages, illustrations enhanced by my own pencil and perhaps a little soup.
November is Picture Book Month, a celebration of the power and beauty of picture books. It is a wonderful time to take a moment to be grateful for all of the picture books that took us to far-away places, taught us new concepts, and affirmed our experiences, thoughts, and feelings as kids.
Did you know that the Bailey Library has a phenomenal children’s literature collection?
The collection is located in the library’s Active Learning Zone, to the right as you come in the front door. There you’ll find picture books, board books, fairy tales, middle grade and young adult fiction, plus graphic novels and children’s non-fiction. Stop by to revisit an old friend or find something new. Use your WCC student ID to check out any books you want to take with you. A few recent additions include:
- The great stink : how Joseph Bazalgette solved London's poop pollution problem by Colleen Paeff
- Bright star by Yuyi Morales
- My Sister Daisy by Adria Karlsson
- Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard
- In the Meadow of Fantasies by Hadi Mohammadi
If you’d like to learn about children’s literature, authors, awards, lists by topic, and more, don’t miss the ENG 240 & 242 Children’s Literature Research Guide.
Have a happy Picture Book Month!