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A children’s book is incomplete without pictures. It is quite unacceptable to many children that there can be books without pictures. The illustrations and the bright vivid colours don’t just spark a cascade of imagination for them but also compel them to think and ask questions.
Here is a list of the top 10 picture books for 2012
1. Llama Llama Time to Share: This picture book by Anna Dewdney teaches children and encourages them to share.
2. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons: This book teaches counting in the grooviest way possible. Written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean, this book with the cat and its song is a joy to read.
3. Olivia and the Fairy Princesses: This is a book which talks about the identity crises that Olivia is facing. In a bid to stand apart and find her individual self Olivia goes on quest. Cleverly written and illustrated by Ian Falconer this book is an enjoyable read for everyone.
4. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore: An amazing book which inspired the Academy Award winning short film. Written by William Joyce, this book talks about the love of words, books and stories that Morris Lessmore has inspite of his own chaotic rambled life.
5. This is not my Hat: Authored and illustrated by Jon Klassen, this book is a story of a small fish who steals a round blue topper from a bigger fish. What follows next is a funny tale and a treat of visual humour throughout.
6. Bear has a story to tell: This endearing story of friendship and patience is very well written and illustrated by Philip and Erin Stead.
7. The Duckling gets a Cookie!? : Mo Willems through his story and illustrations teaches pre-schoolers the art of politely asking and using the word ‘Please’ with this book.
8. This Moose belongs to me: This wonderful book by Oliver Jeffers talks about a boy and his moose. While the boy abides by rules, his moose finds it difficult to do the same. The tale is about how the two understand and compromise to stay together.
9. Rocket writes a story: This book authored and illustrated by Tad Hills is about a dog named Rocket and his wish to write a book. He embarks on a journey to find a story and here he learns, notices and understands things which he never paid attention to before.
10. Extra Yarn: This story revolves around a little girl who changes her black and white surrounding into a colourful one by knitting garments for everyone, including animals and buildings. Written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, this book is a treat to read.