Buying Picture Books as a Treat

I went to one of my favorite Toronto indie children’s bookstores yesterday–Mable’s Fables–and bought myself two picture books as treats: The Umbrella by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert–a beautiful, imaginative, wordless picture book of a dog that goes on a journey through an umbrella, and When a Dragon Moves Inby Jodi Moore, illustrated by Howard McWilliam, of a boy who has a dragon move into his sandcastle and no one believes him, but he has a lot of fun with the dragon any way. The only thing I’d change in that last book is the teasing of his sister, though I guess that’s what siblings do. Both books made me feel good to read; they both sparked my imagination, and made me feel hopeful.

I buy myself picture books as treats. Not only for the incredible artwork that lies between the pages, and the masterfully told stories, but also for the joy, the hopefulness, the encouragement, the hugely wonderful flights of imagination. Picture books made me feel good, period. Of course, I like to choose carefully, make sure that the story fits me, the text is well written, the illustrations beautiful–but when they do, picture books feel like treasure to me.

Do you buy yourself picture books? Or buy them for someone you love? Do you like to read them?

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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7 Responses to Buying Picture Books as a Treat

  1. I definitely buy picture books for myself and occasionally I’ll still pick one up for one of my teenagers. Picture books are works of art. Love them.

  2. I’m glad to hear that, Shelli! And wow, that is so neat that you pick one up for your teenagers as well! I’m impressed. 🙂

  3. Zoe says:

    I’m lucky I can still buy them pretending they are for the kids when really they are for me!

  4. Ha, Zoe! That’s a good excuse your kids. 🙂 I don’t worry about it; i just buy what I love. 🙂

  5. Laina says:

    I ADORE picture books, but since we don’t have a bookstore and ordering them online can get pretty pricey, I don’t buy that many. I take a TON out from the library, though, and I buy them at yard sales and library sales as often as I can. Partly for me, partly for kids I babysit. 🙂

  6. I’m glad you buy picture books when you can, Laina, and glad you find ways to read them, period! I think they can feed the soul.

  7. I love picture books so much. Sometimes when I buy them, I am not really sure if I am buying them for myself or for my kids (who are 6 and 4). I’ll have to see how many I still buy once they are older! I also love buy picture books as birthday gifts for young kids. I love that you say picture books make you feel good. They make me feel good, too!

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