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Although books in general are good stuff for children, parents still pick one over another for a few reasons. It can be the story line, the illustration or even the price. It has never came across my mind that getting books for Austin in fact is not a simple decision.
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Not many of us perhaps give a second thought when it comes to picture books to read for kids. Any book with visual images is a picture book. Technically and literally, it is correct. And during the time when picture book was originated, this term was right, thus gives its name. Now, the world is overwhelmed with all kind of illustrations including photographs thus getting an authentic picture book is no longer as simple as it used to be.
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Books To Read For Kids

In a nutshell, children's picture book is a produce of hand drawn images, ranging from oil paints, acrylics, watercolor to pencil or others. Often they are the output of artists. Colorful, vibrant in addition to soothe and warmth, the images speak for themselves even without words. Unique and imaginative, the visual can also be quirky, whimsical, amusing, and inspiring. The simple narration usually comes later after the images are ready. In Chinese, this variety of picture books are called 'Hui Ben'.

If we look around us, there are plenty of children books for sale. Same goes for picture books to read for kids. Why I am look for the good qualities picture books?

  • Picture books are comfort books. These images are not plain, every stroke tells a story thus these picture books stay very long before your child get bored of them.
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  • Promote lateral thinking. With unconventional images, whimsical illustrations and quirky story lines, the children tend to think and exposed to all kind of worldly impossible!

How do I pick the value of children's picture books?

  • Visual arts - creative, expressive, colorful particularly when the images look like children kind of hand-drawn or little masterpieces.
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  • Story lines - Austin is barely 3 yo hence, I go for something simple, not academic. The bottom line that I am looking for in picture books is a medium to nurture relationships, cultivate good values e.g. independence/sharing, family ties, love for nature and animals.

If you’re not sure what to start, check out the famous ones:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Small in size, eccentric, good one even for toddlers!
  • The Cat In The Hat by Dr Seuss.
  • Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

The recent, cute and pretty children's picture books:

  • Stuck - Oliver Jeffers. I can’t wait to get this! Any sponsor?
  • I Love Cats - Anuskha Ravishankar. Simple & artistic.
  • That's How - Christoph Niemann. Simply adorable.

What we love:

  • I Love You, Little Monkey - Alan Durant & Katharine McEwen.
  • Mole's Babies - David Bedford & Rosalind Beardshaw.
  • Brave Mouse - Micheala Morgan & Michelle Cartlidge.
  • DogFish - Dan Taylor & Gillian Shields.
  • I Love You Always and Forever - Daniel Howarth & Jonathan Emmett.
  • Sausages - Jessica Souhami.
  • Rooster's Off To See The World - Eric Carle. An interesting manner to teach math!

Delightful, charming, some are hilarious, these children's picture books certainly make you and your little one think and smile!