It is November and that means it is Picture Book Month!
Here in B.C. we have been experiencing some dark, rainy days. Daylight savings means we just found an extra hour of light in the morning but our afternoons disappear into evening black far too soon. Yet darkness is not all about doom and gloom. It also means cozy, long stretches to read or bustle about inside. Darkness can pull us together for seasons of celebration and special events or provide us with solitude for introspection and calm. Bright is beautiful but so is dark. Whether we seek out the mystery and unexpected or the opportunity to settle into the quiet.
All of the dark has got me thinking about picture book covers. I started a list to see if I could come up with a number of titles that come specially wrapped in blacks and greys. My list ran off the page and I realized that many of my favourite books reside here. Is it just me or is there a certain elegance to these titles?
When you need a break from the bright, pick up one of these beautiful books.
25 titles to swoon over.
Listed alphabetically by author.
Leo a Ghost Story written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Christian Robinson
Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
Gleam and Glow written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Peter Sylvada
A Good Night Walk by Elisha Cooper
The Black Book of Colors written by Menana Cottin and illustrated by Rosana Faría
Nighttime Ninja written by Barbara DaCosta and illustrated by Ed Young
Willaboughy and the Moon by Greg Foley
The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein
The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett
Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett
I Know a Bear by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
This is not my Hat by Jon Klassen
In the Tree House written by Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Dušan Petričić
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith
Night Animals by Gianna Marino
Zero by Kathryn Otoshi
Our King has Horns! written by Richard Pevear and illustrated by Robert Rayevsky
Big Bad Bubble written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
The Dark written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen
Swan written by Laurel Synder and illustrated by Julie Morstad
Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise written by Sean Taylor and illustrated by Jean Jullien
Friends by Mies van Hout
Happy by Mies van Hout
Surprise by Mies van Hout
Ten Birds by Cybele Young
How I love sharing picture book lists during this month of picture book love!
Happy Picture Book Reading!
Gorgeous post, Carrie! Love the theme of blacks and greys! So many amazing title listed here! Love them all but especially Sidewalk Flowers, I Know A Bear and Black Book of Colors!
I am glad you share my passion for these stunning titles!
Carrie as always you inspire me to buy more books! I only own one book from your list all the others I don’t have!
Book shopping is one of the most pleasurable past times!
Hi Carrie, wonderful list. I have read most of these, will look for Willoughby & The Moon. You might like this Hornbook review unless you’ve already seen it. There are some connections to your post. http://www.hbook.com/2015/11/blogs/calling-caldecott/the-night-world/#_
Thanks for sharing this Linda. I did see it but hadn’t read it yet.
What a beautiful list and graphic! 🙂
Let the rainy season commence! All wonderful titles to enjoy while hiding from the rain under a blanket with a cup of tea (or drying out at your desk from another soggy commute….). 🙂
Exactly! The rain is a wonderful reason to read 🙂
What a wonderful way to prove how lovely the darkness can be!
Glad you appreciate these books as well 🙂