Not all of these picture books are really for very young children. Picture books are books where the pictures feature prominently, even more so than the text, and although they are most often for young children who either can’t read or who have only very basic reading skills, some of them can be for older children because the artistry of the pictures is the best way to tell the story.
There is a mixture here of picture books for young children and more artistic ones for older children. I explain under each which is which. Also, these are specifically series of picture books. For individual picture books which are not part of a series, use the search at the top of the page, click the “picture book” category on any picture book entry, or see the picture book entries under a specific decade under Books By Decade, which lists all of the books on this site by decade.
Maggie, her grandmother, and Mr. Whiskers the sailor have adventures in the small town of Cranberryport. By Wende and Harry Devlin.
A spooky little series of stories about different children and the monster stories they invent and tell each other. It’s fun to be scared! By Rose Impey.
Gus is a friendly ghost who lives in an old house that has been turned into a museum along with his friends, a mouse, a cat, and Mr. Frizzle, who manages the museum. By Jane Thayer.
Little, doll-like people who live in a magical land on the other side of bedroom mirrors teach children lessons about love and friendship. These books were written to accompany a series of dolls.
During the early 1900s, a famous tightrope walker, Bellini, loses his nerve when a fellow tightrope walker makes a mistake and falls to his death. Living in a French boarding house, Bellini struggles with his fear, believing that he will never again be able to walk a tightrope. Unexpectedly, he becomes friends with Mirette, the young daughter of his landlady. She becomes his protege and helps him to regain his courage.
A witch who haunts an old house is horrified when someone buys it to turn it into a tearoom, but they end up becoming friends. By Wende and Harry Devlin.
Strega Nona is a witch in a small town. Big Anthony is an assistant that she hired to help her with chores but sometimes messes up because he doesn’t know what he’s doing or doesn’t listen to what Strega Nona says.
Some of these are “creative non-fiction,” which means that factual information is presented in the form of a story. The events of the story may not be literally true, but the story provides the opportunity to explain something about real events.
This series of picture books presents life in different historical periods from the point of view of children living in those periods. By Richard Platt.
This is a non-fiction series of picture books about aspects of daily life in America during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Kate Waters is the author of a series focusing on historical reenactors, showing them acting out the lives of real children who lived in Colonial America.
An educational series. Ms. Frizzle takes her students on impossible field trips in a magic school bus to teach them science lessons.