Picture Book Extravaganza!


“Picture books are here and they’re important. I have yet to meet a three year old person who didn’t know what to do with a crayon. You make pictures with it.” – Chris Raschka, 2012 Caldecott Winner, from his Picture Book Month Essay

Do you love picture books? So do we! And so do librarians, authors, and illustrators who are celebrating Picture Book Month all through November. What’s Picture Book Month? It’s a time to encourage “the recognition of picture books through blogs, tweets and other activities.”

What’s happening? Check out this blog post and the official website to learn more. 

And for those who love to write, check out PiBoIdMo…what’s that? Picture Book Idea Month, that’s what! Check it out!

And be sure to tell us your favorite picture books!

A Librarian’s Toolkit: Part One

Throughout the coming months, we’ll feature publications, workshops, conferences, and more that we hope will interest you and provide you with tools to be the best librarians you can be. Though some of these items, like the one below, might be a little expensive for you now, keep them in mind as resources you can acquire once you have your job as a children’s librarian. Now is the time to window shop–find out what resources are out there, which ones appeal to you, and keep them in a list for future reference. Who knows, maybe you’ll be in charge of compiling anthologies and resources for new library students one day!


It’s always good to know about picture books for story hour. From the website:

Providing descriptive annotations of the best children’s picture books published in the last decade, this comprehensive overview is perfect for librarians, teachers, parents, daycare providers, and anyone who works with young children. It is both an excellent tool for collection development and an abundant resource for planning storytimes and other children’s programming. With selections based on proven appeal and quality, Northrup’s survey features

  • An introductory essay on the nature of the picture book, and an explanation of the evaluation criteria
  • Bibliographic information on each picture book, including author, illustrator, publisher, date, and age recommendation
  • A thorough index for quick reference and an appendix of additional suggested resources

Packed with ardent and insightful recommendations, this book makes it a snap to select and use just the right picture books.