The Library of Congress > Linked Data Service > LC Genre/Form Terms (LCGFT)

Picture books


  • URI(s)

  • Instance Of

  • Scheme Membership(s)

  • Collection Membership(s)

  • Form

    • Picture books
  • Broader Terms

  • Closely Matching Concepts from Other Schemes

  • Sources

    • found: Work cat.: Alexie, Sherman. Thunder Boy Jr., 2016(a picture book for children)
    • found: Sherman Alexie website, Oct. 4, 2016:bio (Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. He has published 25 books including his first picture book, Thunder Boy Jr, and young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, both from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
    • found: School library journal, Feb. 2016:p. 58 (review of Thunder Boy Jr.: "An enchanting and humorous picture book about a little boy frustrated with his name. ... Highly recommended for all picture book collections.")
    • found: The ALA glossary of library and information science, 1983(picture book: A children's book, consisting of illustrations and little or no text, such as an alphabet or counting book, generally intended for preschool children; picture storybook: A children's book consisting of a narrative and illustrations that are synchronized with the text, generally requiring a reading ability level of at least third grade and intended to be read by children)
    • found: Reitz, J.M. ODLIS: online dictionary for library and information science, Oct. 4, 2016(picture book: A book consisting mainly of visual content, with little or no text, intended mainly for children of preschool age but sometimes of interest to adults because of the artistic quality of the illustrations and/or originality of the text, often used by children's librarians in storytelling. Compare with picture storybook; picture storybook: A short book containing one or more simple narratives accompanied by illustrations coordinated with the text, intended for children of at least third-grade reading level. Compare with picture book and storybook; storybook: A book of stories for children, often an illustrated collection of well-known fables, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and poems, sometimes devoted to a specific topic or theme (example: The Japanese Children's Storybook on the Bombing of Hiroshima by Toshi and Iri Maruki). The term is also seen in the titles of collections of Bible stories written for children. Compare with picture storybook)
    • found: LCSH, Oct. 4, 2016(Picture books, BT Books, BT Graphic arts; Picture books for children, UF Children's picture books, BT Illustrated children's books)
    • found: Oxford dictionaries website, Oct. 6, 2016(picture book: A book containing many illustrations, especially one for children)
    • found: Cambridge dictionary website, Oct. 6, 2016(picture dictionary: a book, especially for young children, that has a lot of pictures and not many words)
    • found: Merriam-Webster dictionary online, Oct. 6, 2016(picture book: simple definition: a book that has many pictures and is usually for children; full definition: a book that consists wholly or chiefly of pictures)
    • found: Dictionary.com unabridged, Oct. 6, 2016(picture book: a book consisting mainly or entirely of pictures, especially one for children who have not yet learned to read)
    • found: Macmillan dictionary website, Oct. 6, 2016(picture book: a book for children that consists mainly of pictures with little or no writing)
    • found: Kennedy, E. What is a picture book? - the definition, via About.com website, Oct. 6, 2016(A picture book is a book, usually a children's book, in which the illustrations are as important as (or even more important than) the words in telling the story. Picture books have traditionally been 32 pages long, although Little Golden Books are 24 pages. In picture books, there are illustrations on every page or on one of every pair of facing pages. While most picture books are written for younger children, in recent years, a number of excellent picture books for upper elementary and middle school readers have been published. The definition of "children's picture book" and the categories of children's picture books have also expanded in recent years. The definition of children's picture book was greatly expanded when Brian Selznick won the 2008 Caldecott Medal for picture book illustration for his book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a 525-page middle grade novel that told the story not only in words but in a series of sequential illustrations (more than 280 pages interspersed throughout the book in sequences of multiple pages). Common categories of children's picture books: picture book biographies; wordless picture books; classic picture books)
    • found: Caldecott Medal - terms and criteria, via Association for Library Service to Children website, Oct. 6, 2016(A "picture book for children" as distinguished from other books with illustrations, is one that essentially provides the child with a visual experience. A picture book has a collective unity of story-line, theme, or concept, developed through the series of pictures of which the book is comprised. A "picture book for children" is one for which children are an intended potential audience. The book displays respect for children's understandings, abilities, and appreciations. Children are defined as persons of ages up to and including fourteen and picture books for this entire age range are to be considered.")
  • Change Notes

    • 2016-10-04: new
    • 2016-12-13: revised
  • Alternate Formats

Suggest terminology


The LC Linked Data Service welcomes any suggestions you might have about terminology used for a given heading or concept.

Would you like to suggest a change to this heading?

Please provide your name, email, and your suggestion so that we can begin assessing any terminology changes.

Fields denoted with an asterisk (*) are required.