Different Types of Picture Books

As a picture book lover, I wanted to write an article about the different types of picture books. It’s important to categorize when talking about specific goals and facilitating language and learning. For example, a wordless may work really well for a language sample and a nonfiction book can be ideal for a writing sample. Let’s begin exploring! Picture books are conventionally 32 pages long and have pictures that are an essential part of the book.

Board Books

Board books are ideal for the youngest of readers and can have a variety of pictures with limited text. These books withstand wear and tear because they are also durable. Some board books also have texture as well, which makes them multi-sensory. I use board books when working on building vocabulary and focusing on one word at a time. Do you want some recommendations? Check out my recommendations here!  

Concept Books

These types of picture books introduce specific concepts such as the alphabet, counting, colors, and other basic concepts. These books are ideal for toddlers and preschools and can help build vocabulary, categorization, and associations. I have written two basic concepts books here in my All About Series.

C is for Country is also a concept book,. One of my favorite creators of board and concept books is Matthew Van Fleet.  To check out my studio visit with Matthew, click here.

Easy Readers

Picture books categorized as easy readers include many of the books recommended on my blog. Two of the children’s books, The Monkey Balloon and A Tale of The Monkey Balloon that I co-wrote are easy reader books. Easy reader books include text that is larger and has a limited vocabulary.  I love Mo Willem’s books, which are easy reader books. To learn more about social skills and pragmatics with Elephant and Piggie, click here.

Non-Fiction Picture Books

I love non-fiction picture books!!! These are one of my favorite types of picture books. These are picture books that are non-fiction and about specific people, places, events, etc. Here are some recommendations: Anna Strong, A Spy During the American Revolution, Exquisite, The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, The True Story of Zippy Chippy, How Tickles Saved Pickles.

Wordless Books

Wordless books are so rich in language and opportunity. As an author, I wish I had the ability to illustrate wordless books. Many people ask “How do I facilitate language with wordless books?” I love these books because, without the words, children can create their own stories and words. When reading wordless books, take turns or let your child read the story. Here are some of my favorites: Pancakes for Breakfast and Hank Finds an Egg. 

When is a child too old to stop reading picture books?

Never!! As an adult, I still love reading picture books. Naturally, children begin to start reading chapter books around 8 years old but each child varies. Picture books are like artwork and can be an excellent way to begin an important discussion, expand vocabulary, improve literacy and learn new information. 




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