November is Picture Book Month

picturebookmonth square 200x200 November is Picture Book MonthOn Thursday the Horn Book will launch its contribution to Picture Book Month — which you may or may not be aware of. Last year Dianne de Las Casas came up with the idea of celebrating PBs with their own month, in part as a response to a 2010 article in the New York Times that said picture books were on their way out. As if!

We will debut four articles about picture books during the month, one every Thursday — except Thanksgiving day when we assume you will have other things on your mind. First up will be a terrific new essay by Barbara Bader comparing similar-but-different images from a few classic picture books. On subsequent Thursdays we will launch pieces by Crescent Dragonwagon, Peter Sís, and Patti Gauch.

Every Monday in November we will upload some pieces from our extensive archives. We’re still working on just what to share but we know it will include short musings by illustrators, opinion pieces about sharing picture books with children, and in-depth critical articles.

So mark your calendars and join us!

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Lolly Robinson About Lolly Robinson

Lolly Robinson is the designer and production manager for The Horn Book, Inc. She has degrees in studio art and children's literature and teaches children's literature at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees and blogs for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.


  1. I love picture books and your plans sound terrific. I’ve taught with them for years and am now working with other educators to help them learn how wonderful they can be for all kinds of reasons, including just enjoyment and the love of reading. Thank you!

  2. I am so excited to see that the Horn Book is celebrating Picture book Month! Yay! Be sure to visit our site for essays on the importance of picture books contributed by picture book luminaries such as Chris Raschka, John Rocco, Doreen Cronin, and Karma Wilson. It’s going to be a fabulous month!

    Dianne de Las Casas
    Founder, Picture Book Month

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