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Patricia Thang

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Patricia Thang is an educator located in Los Angeles. Though a native Angeleno through and through, her heart also belongs to Tokyo, where much of her family is from. Besides books, she is an enthusiastic devourer of many things, including podcasts, television, and J-pop. She realizes there’s not enough time in the world to consume all of that content, but she’s trying anyway. Other endeavors to which she has dedicated herself include cuddling her dogs until they’re annoyed and taste-testing every vegan ice cream she can find. Twitter: @aintnopthang

Who can deny the joy and wonder of picture books? Even my mother, hater of books and reading, has a big collection because she absolutely LOVES perusing them for their art. So for anyone who shares in this appreciation, for whatever reason, here are eight delightful Instagram accounts for picture books and those who love them.


8 awesome Instagram accounts for Picture Book enthusiasts

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Michelle Sterling @averyandaugustine is a photographer and speech pathologist committed to children’s literacy.

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Wednesday is a big blue whale who lives in a fishbowl in the middle of a bustling city. When I first heard that this was the premise of the story, that’s all I needed to read to be sold on it. But to then take a closer look and realize that the art was by one of my new favorites—@apaintedmouse—that was what sent it over the top for me. One day Wednesday meets a little girl named Piper who makes her question her glass home. It’s a quiet, beautiful and sympathetic story for dreamers or for anyone who feels like they don’t quite belong. . Whale in a Fishbowl was written by Troy Howell, illustrated by Richard Jones (@apaintedmouse) and published by Schwartz & Wade Books (@randomhousekids). It’ll be out on 5/22.

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@tosutemo is dedicated to the gorgeous art of Japanese picture books.

@littlemisskidlit is a mom who shares highlights of her family’s reading life.

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@kidlitexchange #partner ✏️ A big thanks to #kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book; releasing on June 8. • The title of this book caught the eye of my oldest little lady immediately. She’s been in school for three years, so she gets the typical stereotype of pink for girls, blue for boys. She flipped through it with a puzzled look, reading each page until the end. Then we talked about why people feel pink is only for girls, as well as the many other colors we find in our world that don’t have to be specific to boys or girls. Colors are for everyone! • It’s a short and simple read, perfect for young ones, but it also opens up limitless conversations about breaking down gender stereotypes with older children too. I think it’s an all around great family book covering simple color concepts and bigger ideas like social norms. • I wish we’d had this book when my oldest daughter was a baby. It’s not easy to change the mind of an almost 8-year-old when she’s grown up hearing Pink is for girls. • How do you open up your children’s minds and hearts to these deeper ideas on social norms? • Pink is for Boys, by Robb Pearlman, illustrated by Eda Kaban.

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Follow @picturebookplaydate to enjoy the magic of picture books on a daily basis.

@readingredeemed pairs beautiful picture books with scripture passages.

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absolutely beautiful, whimsical illustrations by @juliemorstad 💕 i swoon! this book both playfully and thoughtfully shows us through picture “how to” play, “how to” rest, “how to” feel, “how to” care, “how to” be happy… 😄💃 • • as a redeemed reader, this points me to 2 Timothy 3:16. in this digital, information age, the first place i tend to turn to for answers to my “how to” questions is the internet. but God’s word is sufficient & is primary & answers all the “how to”s of life; all other sources of information are secondary. • • “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” | 2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ • • author & illustrator | Julie Morstad @juliemorstad publisher | @simply_read_books #howtojuliemorstad #juliemorstad #simplyreadbooks #childrenspicturebooks #christianreading #readingredeemed #redeemedreader #intentionalliving #picturebooks #christianreader #kidsbooks #christianliving #2timothy316 #sufficiencyofscripture #bibleverses #biblereflections

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Check out @kidlitcrafts not only for great picture books, but also wonderful craft ideas inspired by them!

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I love handing my kids a wordless book and seeing them pore over each illustration, piecing together the story themselves. Cynthia Alonso’s debut picture book, Aquarium, is a perfect example. And with its simple story and stunning illustrations, your kids won’t be the only ones poring over this one! Head to my site (link in profile) to see how we used a few supplies from around the house to create some pretty sweet little aquariums inspired by this lovely book! 🐟🐟🐟 Do you have a favorite wordless picture book? Tag your own finds with #kidlitpicks_wordless and be sure to follow other bookish accounts like @astoryaday and @booksandbabycinos for some seriously great recommendations! #kidlitpicks @kidlitpicks #aquarium #cynthiaalonso @cyndoor

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@happily.ever.elephants isn’t limited to just picture books, but features all sorts of fabulous children’s literature!

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Happy Saturday! Starting the weekend with this gorgeous book. Mommy's Khimar, the new picture book by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and illustrated by Ebony Glenn, is a quiet beauty about a young Muslim girl who plays dress-up in her mother's colorful headscarf. This is a gorgeous and oh-so-important mirror book for Muslim children and a wonderful window book for others — especially as it so elegantly challenges Islamophobic chatter. The book exudes warmth, love and tenderness, and it is a relatable story for so many kids. Mommy's Khimar is a winner, and it belongs in every home and school collection. @simonkids @salaamreads @authorjamilah @ebonyglenn #saturdaysnippets #booksforbetter #childrensliterature

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@kidlitpicks features picture book picks from throughout Instagram based on monthly themes.

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FEATURE ✨ “There is absolutely ZERO reason to not have this on your shelves.” —@girlsreadtheworld. Thanks for tagging #kidlitpicks_wordless . When I brought out this book, my oldest immediately proclaimed she was going to read the story to ME. And so she did, sans prompting or commentary from me. She captured the whole story (with her own creative additions, e.g., Vanessa was Gloria, the bully was Pedro, and the friend was Katie; or how Katie had a peanut butter toast for breakfast, but couldn't take it to school, because her school was nut-free). But what I noticed was that she didn't focus on the bully at all. Pedro's being mean got one shoutout. Instead, she spent a lot of time telling me about the friends, what they were doing, thinking, how Katie walked with Gloria and then MORE kids, and then ALL THE KIDS did and they were all buddies. . I thought about this afterward, wondering if I should have pointed out the bully and explained more about why Vanes– er, Gloria, was so sad. But then I realized that it is kind of awesome that she didn't emphasize the bully. She was focused on the kindness, the friendship – which is exactly what this book shows us. Kindness is the default. That's why ALL THE KIDS came to walk with Vanessa; the bully was the exception. That's why I didn't have to tell my daughter what the story meant. . And that's why this book is so beautiful. No matter the reader, her age, her background or how she ultimately interprets it, the message of kindness rings loud and clear. It's a marvelous book for reinforcing the importance of kindness for the youngest readers, as well as for older kids who really do understand more about bullies (there's a glossary in the back for use when talking to your kids).

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What are your favorite Instagram accounts for picture books? Want even more great Instagram accounts to follow? Check out 50 School Libraries To Follow On Instagram.