Definition of picture-book

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: suitable for or suggestive of a picture book: such as

picture book


Definition of picture book (Entry 2 of 2)

: a book that consists wholly or chiefly of pictures

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These longer stories with a vivid vocabulary are great for bigger kids past the age for picture books but who still love a good bedtime story. Frannie Ucciferri, Washington Post, "Common Sense Media shares 25 great podcasts for kids," 6 Aug. 2019 About 25 kids, mostly toddlers and preschoolers, sat in the cozy sanctuary to hear Autumn Rose read from picture books with themes of dreams, imagination, different types of families and being yourself. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Drag queen lends sparkle to story time at Costa Mesa church," 10 July 2019 Studios often also publish picture books and novelizations of movies before their release date. Washington Post, "When death goes to the movies: How to help kids cope with the scary stuff," 2 July 2019 Maurice Sendak—best known for the 1963 picture book Where the Wild Things Are—had a knack for creating worlds ostensibly manufactured specifically for children but, upon closer inspection, revealed to be much like our own. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "See Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known Designs for the Opera and Ballet," 1 July 2019 This exhibition is built around the work of children’s author Aliki and her 1962 picture book My Five Senses. Stephan Salisbury, https://www.inquirer.com, "N.C. Wyeth, Penn Museum’s moving sphinx, Gee’s Bend quilters, and more museum highlights," 5 June 2019 Because few peasants could read, the Eastern Orthodox Church covered the buildings inside and out with graphic paintings to teach religious themes, creating a biblical picture book of Byzantine art. Jorge Fernández, National Geographic, "Vibrant murals cover these Romanian monasteries inside and out," 31 May 2019 With the puzzles and flash cards accompanying the picture book, children ages 1 and older can learn first words and explore animal sounds and names of the adorable illustrations. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Experience Jimmy Fallon's Best-Selling Children's Books with Puzzles and Flash Card Sets," 5 June 2019 Funny and sweet, this is a picture book that honors the pull of both temptation and obedience, those great contenders in young childhood. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Freakiness and Fortitude," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of picture-book


1922, in the meaning defined above


1699, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of picture-book

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very pretty or charming : like a picture in a picture book

picture book


English Language Learners Definition of picture book (Entry 2 of 2)

: a book that has many pictures and is usually for children

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