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For me it's about owning artwork & stories in a single volume. Picture books are a gorgeous art medium. The following is a list of books I love for many reasons. Some being: they have beautiful illustration, convey humour and emotion, have brilliant composition and interesting use of design.

Picture Books



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It's a Book by Lane Smith


I love Lane Smith's books. They're funny, witty have simple beauty, gorgeous illustrations minimal text and fabulous design. Plus texture everywhere .yay.




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Grandpa Green by Lane Smith


Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous in every possible way. Clever illustrations, fabulous storytelling using limited words. luscious images and limited colour palette. Oh man if you're an aspiring author and or illustrator of picture books there are so many levels of storytelling in this book which you can learn from. Did I say gorgeous!


The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan


Shaun Tan is one of my favourite illustrators. His images are full of beauty, texture and emotion. His books are the quintessential art book to children's book. If you're a picture book crushing adult, then Shaun Tan's books are glorioooous.

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Unforgotten Tohby Riddle
Unforgotten by Tohby Riddle


Nobody knows where they come from.
But they come.
Impossible birds of the big sky
and the long night…


Gorgeous story, full of symbolism and quiet beauty.

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Uno's Garden by Graeme Base


When Uno arrives in the forest one beautiful day, there are many fascinating and extraordinary animals there to greet him. And one entirely unexceptional Snortlepig.


Gorgeous story about change, conservation and some math puzzles!

The Rabbits Shaun Tan
The Rabbits written by John Marsden
illustrated by Shaun Tan

This is a delicious and haunting and true to life history of colonisation in Australia. Soooooo good. Soooo many symbols and levels of meaning. I love this book it's so clever.

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Lost and Found by Shaun Tan

I cannot get enough of Shaun Tan's art, its tactile, gorgeous and emotive.

Lost and Found is a compilation of three of his stories:

The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, and the John Marsden classic The Rabbits.

The Red Tree Trailer
Th Lost Thing Trailer
The Rabbits
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