Take the Picture Book Pledge – again!

The Arts Room has reached a milestone – our 100th post!  To mark the occasion we’re announcing our 2nd annual Take the Picture Book Pledge, complete with an all new list of favorite arts-themed picture books, just in time for the holidays!  A little over a year ago, in response to a New York Times article about a perceived decrease in demand for children’s picture books, I wrote a post urging us all to choose picture books for holiday presents to give to our children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.  (You can read that post and view last year’s booklist by clicking here.)

A good picture book can become a family treasure.  With the holiday season fast approaching I hope you’ll take the picture book pledge with me again this year – and Friday night’s Downtown Merchants’ Holiday Preview in Bristol is the perfect time to start your holiday shopping!  So without further ado, The Arts Room presents this year’s list of favorite arts-themed picture books, old and new:

  1. Press Here by Hervé Tullet
  2. A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade by James Preller, illustrated by Greg Ruth
  3. Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by David Soman and Jacky Davis
  4. My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
  5. Bear in the Air by Susan Meyers, illustrated by Amy Bates
  6. Blackout by John Rocco
  7. Zoozical by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown
  8. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
  9. If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen
  10. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  11. Tugg and Teeny by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Christopher Denise

(Click the titles above to learn more about each book.  Yes, there are eleven.  I couldn’t resist including Tugg and Teeny, even though it’s not so much a picture book as an early reader.  Consider it a bonus pick, if you like.)

Follow the luminaries Friday night to A Novel Idea Booksellers on State Street in Bristol, where owner Sue Woodman and her staff can help you find these picture books on their shelves, or order them for you in time for the holidays!

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