Imagine Your Story with Picture Books!

Imagine Your Story with Picture Books!

Check out these colorful and imaginative picture books to go with this year's Summer Reading program theme, Imagine Your Story.


Compiled by:
Lizzie F.
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

Dan Santat
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej San

An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable--he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.


The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse

Eric Carle
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Car

Rather than use the same old colors, a child paints animals and objects in a variety of different hues. Includes biographical information about the German painter Franz Marc, who created unconventional animal paintings in the early 1900s.


Blue Rider

Geraldo Valerio
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Val

In a book without words, a child finds a book on a crowded city sidewalk and is transported beyond the repetitive sameness of an urban skyscape into an untamed natural world.


The Book of Mistakes

Corinna Luyken
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Luy

As an artist creatively incorporates her slipups into a drawing, readers see the ways in which 'mistakes' can provide inspiration and opportunity, and reveal that both the art and artist are works-in-progress.


Bridget and the Muttonheads

Pija Lindenbaum
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Li

Bridget is staying in a hotel with her parents, and it's boring. She goes exploring and discovers five small sheep in need of a little care.


Circle

Mac Barnett
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bar

When Triangle breaks the rule about not hiding behind the waterfall while playing hide-and-seek with Circle and Square, Circle must rescue him.


Cleonardo, The Little Inventor

Mary GrandPré
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gra

With the town's annual Grand Festival of Inventions coming up, Cleonardo is determined to invent something impressive to enter, something that will impress her inventor father Geonardo.


The Dot

Peter H. Reynolds
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Rey

Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind and she goes on to encourage another student who feels the same as she had.


Dragon and Captain

P. R. Allabach
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej All

*This item is also available on Libby. What is Captain doing in Dragon's sandbox? He's moping over his lost ship. Dragon is a boy in a robe and pajamas. Captain is a boy with a three-sided hat. But when they set off on a backyard adventure to find the lost ship, they become... Dragon and Captain, fearless explorers! Together they trek through a dark forest, climb down a cliff, and hike all the way to the sea to outsmart a band of evil pirates! Can Dragon and Captain rescue the missing ship ... before lunch?


Drawn Together

Minh Lê
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Le

A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy.


A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum...

Davide Cali
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cal

*This item is also available on Hoopla. Henry spins an imaginative tale to explain why he was late finding his class at the museum where they are on a field trip.


Harold and the Purple Crayon

Crockett Johnson
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Joh

*This item also available on HooplaHarold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon.


If Your Monster Won't Go to Bed

Denise Vega
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Veg

A handbook for youngsters that includes such instructions as "pour your monster a nice big glass of healthy, crunchy, oozy bug juice slimed with ooey-gooey snail trails to calm him."


Jonathan Cleaned Up, Then He Heard a Sound: Or, Blackberry Subway Jam

Robert Munsch
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mu

Jonathan goes to City Hall to complain after his nice clean living room is suddenly turned into a messy subway station.


Julián is a Mermaid

Jessica Love
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lov

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?


The Library Dragon

Carmen Agra Deedy
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Dee

Miss Lotta Scales, the new librarian, is a real fire-breathing dragon! When she finally realizes that books are meant to be read, the dragon turns into Miss Lotty, librarian and storyteller.


Lines

Suzy Lee
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lee

In this wordless picture book, each image starts with a single line, whether made by a pencil or the blade of a skate--and the magic flows from there.


Maybe Something Beautiful

Isabel F. Campoy
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cam

Mira lives in a gray and hopeless urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbors.


My Pet Book

Bob Staake
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sta

*This item is also available on Libby. A boy's search for the perfect pet leads him to the bookstore, where he finds a bright red book that becomes his best friend.


On a Magical Do Nothing Day

Béatrice Alemagna
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ale

Sent outside by their mother on a rainy day, a child is dismayed when their handheld game falls into the pond before they encounter giant snails, wet mushrooms, and other elements that awaken them to the sensory aspects of nature.


Roxaboxen

Alice McLerran
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcl

A hill covered with rocks and wooden boxes becomes an imaginary town for Marian, her sisters, and their friends.


A Squiggly Story

Andrew Larsen
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lar

*This item is also available on Hoopla. A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there's a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn't know many words. His sister patiently explains, "Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter. Why don't you start there, with a letter?" So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story.


Tar Beach

Faith Ringgold
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ri

A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name.


This is Sadie

Sara O'Leary
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ole

Sadie is a small girl with a big imagination. She likes to make and do and be lots of different things. Maybe you're a bit like her?


Today I'll Be a Unicorn

Dana Simpson
Baby Books

*This item is also available on HooplaWho wouldn't want to be a unicorn? The stars of Phoebe and Her Unicorn celebrate the magical and enchanting world of being a unicorn in this charming board book.


Ultrabot's First Playdate

Josh Schneider
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sch

When Ultrabot has his first playdate, he is worried and shy but he soon learns that he and Becky have a lot in common.


The Watermelon Seed

Greg Pizzoli
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Piz

After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.


What Do You Do With An Idea?

Kobi Yamada
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Yam

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.


What If...

Samantha Berger
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ber

A child who likes to draw and write stories imagines what would happen if there were no pencils, paper, or other tools for being creative.


Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sen

A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.