Picture Books Recommended for Adult Learners Compiled by Patti Christensen


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Picture Books Recommended for Adult Learners

Compiled by Patti Christensen
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

A Cloak for the Dreamer by Aileen Friedman

A Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman

Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa Anno

Bamboozled by David Legge

Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora

Bread*Bread*Bread by Ann Morris

Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams

Fables by Arnold Lobel

Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People and War by Yukio Tsuchiya

Free Fall by David Wiesner (pictures only, no words)

Frog Prince, Continued by Jon Scieszka

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

Just the Two of Us by Will Smith

King's Equal by Katherine Paterson

Lon Po Po: A Red-Ridding Hood Story From China by Ed Young

Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives by Ruth Heller

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale Retold by John Steptoe

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think by Dr. Seuss

On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier

Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Prince Cinders by Babette Cole

Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole

Smoky Night by Eve Bunting

Sunshine Home by Eve Bunting

Topsy Turvies by Mitsumasa Anno

True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo Buscaglia

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The House that Crack Built by Clark Taylor

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

The Not-So-Wicked Stepmother by Lizi Boyd

The Rabbit Who Overcame Fear: A Jataka Tale illustrated by Eric Meller

The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Takes by Jon Scieszka and

Lane Smith

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trizas

The Twenty-five Mixtec Cats by Matthew Gollub

Throw You Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World by

Selby B. Beeler

Time Soldiers (various books) by Robert Gould

When I Am Old With You by Angela Johnson

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale Retold by Verna


Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together

by Mary Ann Hoberman

Bilingual English/Spanish Picture Books enjoyed by Adults:

Abuela by Arthur Dorros

Hairs/Pelitos: A Story in English and Spanish from The House on Mango Street by

Sandra Cisneros

Margaret and Margarita/Margarita y Margaret by Lynn Reiser

Mediopollito/Half-Chicken by Alma Flor Ada

My Very Own Room/Mi Propio Cuartito by Amada Irma Pérez

Radio Man: A Story in English and Spanish by Arthur Dorros

Taking a Walk: A Book in Two Languages/Caminando: Un Libro en Dos Lenguas

by Rebecca Emberley

The Spirit of Tió Fernando/El Espíritu de Tío Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story/

Una Historia del Día de los Muertos by Janice Levy

The Upside Down Boy/El Niño de Cabeza by Juan Felipe Herrera

For further information, see the following websites for more recommendations:

Literacy Connections http://literacyconnections.com/PictureBooksforAdultReaders.html

Extensive list including: Troll First-Start Biographies, Picture Biographies by David A. Adler, DK Readers, Allan Fowler's Rookie Read-About Science Series, Native American Books, American History Picture books, and other recommended


Recommended Children’s Literature for Adult ESL


A selected list by reading level.

Book Selection Criteria for the Adult ESL Classroom


Includes a list of recommended books by level, from easiest, beginner,

low-intermediate, high-intermediate to advances. Good descriptions of books.


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