Beautiful Picture Books

When it comes to picture books, the illustrations can absolutely make or break the experience.  While there are lots of talented artists out there creating beautiful books, here are a few we think are absolute standouts.  Check out these beautiful books!


A Shimmer of Joy: One Hundred Children's Picture Books Cover Image
ISBN: 9781567926569
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - November 3rd, 2020

An antiquarian bookseller examines some of the most beautiful classic children's books, including cover art and interior illustrations.

The Midnight Fair Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536211153
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Published: Candlewick - February 2nd, 2021

It's so amazing what can be done with no words at all. A group of animals visits a carnival after all the humans have left for the night. They ride rides and play games until morning, then leave without any trace they were ever there. While this doesn't have a narrative in the way other storybooks do, there is more than enough going on in every single one of the gorgeous illustrations that you could make up hundreds of stories from just one page.

Home in the Woods Cover Image
By Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator), Eliza Wheeler
ISBN: 9780399162909
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 1st, 2019

Inspired by the author's own family history


Nordic Tales: Folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark (Nordic Folklore and Stories, Illustrated Nordic Book for Teens and Adults) Cover Image
By Chronicle Books, Ulla Thynell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452174471
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 13th, 2019

16 facinating folklore tales with gorgeous illustrations sprinkled throughout. Perfect cozy winter read.


Woodland Dreams Cover Image
By Karen Jameson, Marc Boutavant (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452170633
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 27th, 2020

Follow along as each woodland creature says goodnight. New favorite bedtime read!


The Barnabus Project Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735263260
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Published: Tundra Books - September 1st, 2020

The newest from The Fan Brothers who always deliver beautiful illustrations with captivating stories. They're a store favorite!

Window  Cover Image
By Marion Arbona, Marion Arbona (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781525301360
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Published: Kids Can Press - March 3rd, 2020

 This wordless picture book is such a fun adventure. A young girl explores what's behind the windows in a neighborhood, with fantastic scenes to discover behind two window flaps that you lift. beautifully illustrated with black and white pen drawings, I love the detail and imaginative scenes.  -- Rachel

I Go Quiet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324004431
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Published: Norton Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

This book is one of those picture books that's really for the grown ups. Told from the perspective of an introverted child's inner monologue, David Quimet navigates the intense imaginings of anxiety. I really identified with the main characters wild imagination and the darkness that comes with that. The illustrations are haunting and eerie, but absolutely gorgeous.  —Rachel

What's Inside A Flower?: And Other Questions About Science & Nature Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593176474
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

I always love Rachel Ignotofsky's work, like Women in Art and The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth. This one is all about flowers! Colorful and full of lots of information for your science loving kids. —Rachel

My First Day Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593306260
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Published: Make Me a World - February 16th, 2021

The rainy season has come to An, a young Vietnamese boy's home on the Mekong River and he sets off on a dreamy watery adventure. With pythons and crocodiles and mangrove forests to pass through, we learn that this is An's journey to his first day of school. The illustrations are layered and fantastical, full of lovely creatures and dynamic landscapes. Just beautiful! --Rachel

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The Dog that Ate The World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781911171607
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Published: Flying Eye Books - August 21st, 2018

When a dog appears who begins eating everything in sight, all the animals of the forest band together to try to stop him before he destroys everyone and everything they love. The details in this one are what make it truly stunning, and I especially love the page where all the animals form one giant animal to fight the dog on his own level.  —Anthony

The Heart and the Bottle Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399254529
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Published: Philomel Books - March 4th, 2010

A girl's curiosity, imagination, and grief are the focus of this charming and very touching picture book. After suffering the loss of a loved one, a girl decides to protect her heart from further pain by putting it in a glass bottle around her neck. But protecting herself comes at an unexpected price, especially once she is ready to start feeling again. --Anthony

Lost & Found: Three by Shaun Tan Cover Image
By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545229241
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 1st, 2011

For the first time The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, and the John Marsden classic The Rabbit are presented in their entirety with additional new artwork and an Author's Note.
The short film of Lost & Found won an Oscar for best animated short.