Children need picture books to nourish their imagination, and develop appreciation for art. Picture books that we collect together with my daughter Zayna come from different places. We buy books at local bookshops, flea markets, boutiques at the museums that we visit and order on Amazon.
Here are some of our favorites:
Animals by Ingela P Arrhenius – a poster size book with stylish illustrations of animals. Simple graphical design, bright colors and pronounced contrasts.
Doudou Où Es-Tu? by Lorea De Vos – a book imagined by an architect and written by a teacher that builds the house page by page in a series of cut-outs just as Leon, a boy in a sailor-shirt, is searching for his favorite toy. Beautiful vintage design.
La Fête Chez Peluchette by Pierre Gamarra and Makoto Obo – a vintage picture book from the 1970s illustrated by a Japanese artist. The book tells a story of cuddly toys, who get together to knit a warm blanket for an elderly neighbor and invite her for Christmas party. A book full of kindness and friendship.
The High Street by Alice Melvin – a story about a little girl Sally who goes to the high street with a shopping list of ten items. A reader can enter into every shop by opening flaps. I like how the illustrator captures little details and characters that make this book quintessentially British. Beautiful artwork and message at the end.
Frida Kahlo by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Gee Fan Eng – a book from the series “Little People, BIG DREAMS” featuring the story of Frida Kahlo’s life. It’s a story about being different. It’s a story about passion for life. “Frida Khalo taught the world to wave goodbye to bad things and say Viva la vida.”
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