7Seven Picture Books That are Moving and Inspiring

When reading picture books I usually enjoy light and funny, but these 7seven books are filled with morals, moving stories, and inspiration for the future.

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold- This is a book about a family who wakes up to a giant black dog looking through the window.  As each family member wakes up they are more and more frightened, until the smallest one decides it is going to go outside.  The dog begins to chase the child, through the woods and then back to the house.  This book is about how fear can make a situation seem bigger then it is.

Magritte’s Marvelous Hat by D.B. Johnson– This book is inspired by the artist Rene Magritte who was considered to be one of the great surrealists artist.  With the story and very creative illustrations this book is sure to inspire any child who enjoys art.

I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn– This is the story of a little girl who has a favorite dress that she has out grown.  With the help of her mother the dress is given new life over and over again.  This book inspires reusing, redesigning, and creative thinking.

Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon- is the story of a unlikely friendship between Penguin and Pinecone.  When Penguin discovers that Pinecone needs to live in a warmer climate he takes him there and says goodbye, leaving him with a warm scarf.  When Penguin goes back to visit he discovers Pinecone has grown into Pine Tree, proving “When you give love it grows.”


The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman- is the story of a grandfather sharing his story with his granddaughter.  He was brought to America from Italy by his family and since he was unable to read and write at the time he created a diary by collecting things in matchboxes stored in a cigar box.  This is a beautiful story that will move people of all generations.

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds- this book shows that we all have an artist in us, and shouldn’t be afraid to be creative.


A Place for Ben by Jeanne Titherington- is the story of Ben, Ben’s little brother is now sharing his room and Ben feels like he doesn’t have his own space anymore.  So Ben goes out in search of a place of his own, when he seeks the advice of his parents and pets no one has time to talk or play with him.  Ben starts to feel forgotten about and alone, until his little brother finds him.  Ben realizes that having his little brother to play with isn’t so bad.  Such a great story about family and love.

When I was a Girl I Dreamed by Margaret Baker and JP Matott- This is the story of a grandmother sharing all of the dreams she had as a little girl.  It is a great book to inspire dreaming and working hard for the dreams to come true.

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