Picture Book Month - November 2017logo for picture book month


"When we share a book with a child, an exchange is taking place: a passing-down of wisdom, adventure, joy, and even love." 2014 Caldecott Honor Winner Aaron Becker

November is Picture Book month! Around the world, libraries, booksellers, schools, and book lovers come together to celebrate the print picture book.  See the Picture Book Month homepage for essays from thought leaders in the children's literature community.  To join in the celebrations HPL staff have shared their favourite picture books below!


Amber's Pick:  The Night Gardener by Terry & Eric Fan

The Night Gardener is full of beautiful, dreamy illustrations by the Fan Brothers.  Each morning the main character, William, and community members wake up to find that a new topiary has been created the night before.  The book is mysterious, magical and readers feel full of wonder.

picture of amber holding her favourite picture book


Annie's Pick:  The Ghost-Eye Tree by Bill Martin Jr.

A deliciously shivery tale about a boy, a girl, and spooky tree!  Perfect for a windy November evening, curled up by the fire.  Awoooo!
photograph of Annie holding her pick


Krystyna's Pick:   After the Fall:  How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, he had a great fall. What happened next? A beautifully written and illustrated book with an encouraging message for both kids and adults : life begins when you get back up! 

a photograph of Krystyna holding her pick


Emily's PickThelma and the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey

Thelma the Unicorn is a pony that wants to be a unicorn. As soon as she discovers how hard it is to pretend to be someone else, she realizes how great it is to be herself.

a photograph of Emily holding her pick


Cortney's Pick:  Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies

I love that this book exposes kids to their first look at nature throughout all the different seasons. It really makes you stop and take the time to really see your surroundings. The illustrations are creative using different paper cut outs and meshing them all together into a beautiful collage.

a photograph of Cortney holding her pick


Pat's Pick:  Love Your Forever by Robert Munsch

It is the best book. The story is great. I even gave it to my sister and she bought a copy to give to her sons when they got married.

a photograph of Pat holder her pick


Debbie's Pick:   The Little Mouse, the Big Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey & Dan Wood

From the beginning I wonder 'who really wants the strawberry', giggle and smile, and search the beautiful images for clues.

a photograph of Debbie holding her pick