23 best picture books for children

Brilliant picture books with art by famous illustrators that your children will love for half term – and which you’ll appreciate too.

What’s the best illustrated picture book for kids? As an art-literate creative, you’re not going to be content with giving your children (or your friends and relatives’ children) something from the hundreds of twee and poorly-drawn picture books that are released every year. You want something that’s going to stimulate you visually as much as them – especially if you spend a lot of time reading to and with your kids.

So to help you out, we’ve collected over 20 of the best picture books that feature the level of illustration we’d be happy to run on Digital Arts, books that help you to pass on your love and understanding of considered, creative art to your children this half term (and anyone else for that matter).

Some of these are classics – Neil at Digital Arts for example grew up reading Where The Wild Things Are and The Tiger Who Came To Tea – and some are more modern releases that are firm favourites with both him and his children. A couple aren’t strictly picture books – though we doubt anyone’s going to be that pedantic about what the definition of a picture book is – but we’ve included them as they include wonderful artworks and can encourage young kids weaned on picture books to discover other forms of children’s literature.

Is your or your children’s favourite on the list – or have we missed them? Let us know in the comments below, and read on to see the list.

Robert Louis Stevenson with Robert Hunter, The Land of Nod

Robert Hunter is an author in his own right whose books Map of Days and Young Colossus should already be on your children’s shelves (and even your own).

He first came to attention though with his illustrated version of Robert Louis Stevenson classic The Land of Nod, his idiosyncratic and nocturnal visions the perfect compliment for Stevenson’s sleepy time story.

Read this tonight to a little one who cannot get to sleep – and read our recent interview with Rob Hunter about his style and animation.

Buy The Land of Nod from Amazon.

Owen Davey, Crazy About Cats

Everyone loves cats, but what facts do you and your litter know about our feline friends?

Owen Davey’s series of animal factoid books are all worth a look, but Crazy of Cats stands out with vibrant colours and just as vibrant portrayals of cats both big and small.

Like Owen’s other works, the book looks and feels great with an embossed front cover, making for an educational read that’ll stand out from the shelf with facts that equally stand out and pop off the page.

You can read Owen Davey’s thoughts on mastering art and the animal kingdom in our recent interview with the illustrator.

Buy Crazy About Cats from Amazon.

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