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Cool kids’ picture books packed with awesome art


Parents, guardians, babysitters, teachers, or anyone else in the company of wee ones: we’ve got a few fantastic recs for your storytime sessions. More than a few, in fact! We put together a list of 20 kids’ picture books with awesome illustrations that’ll equally please creative kiddos and their art-loving parents.

These picture books are way above par—beautiful, smart, inclusive, and full of arty parental appeal, with words by seriously inspiring folks like Sonia Sotomayor and Ibram X. Kendi, and illustrations from an array of talented artists (including a number of 20x200 artists!). Flip through a few below. There’s even more team 20x200-recommended kid lit in our Bookshop list!

With art for everyone,
Team 20x200

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia
Sotomayor + Rafael López

You Matter by Christian Robinson

Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano
+ Kellen Hatanaka

Ocean Anatomy by Julia Rothman

An Artist's Alphabet by Norman Messenger

Shy by Deborah Freedman

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One by Lisa Congdon

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi + Ashley

Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

A Different Pond by Bao Phi + Thi Bui

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

All Hail the Queen by Jennifer Orkin Lewis + Shweta Jha

The Littlest Family's Big Day by Emily Winfield Martin

This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

Drawn Together by Minh Lê + Dan Santat

Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer

Listening with My Heart by Gabi Garcia + Ying Hui Tan

Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri

Teacup by Rebecca Young + Matt Ottley