November is Picture Book Month, so this week we’re taking a look back at—you guessed it—picture books!
Picture Book Month is dedicated to celebrating print picture books as well as their authors and illustrators. Below are some of our oldest titles from Scholastic Book Services, a division of Scholastic Magazines, Inc. and the earliest version of Scholastic Book Clubs. Plus, we have picture books from Four Winds Press, one of our first imprints which launched in 1965. You’ll notice that the first book in the collection is by Normal Bridwell; while it’s not about Clifford, it is about animals! And of course, I had to include the original Clifford title on the list!
Crazy Zoo, story and pictures by Norman Bridwell, 1963
Mrs. Penny wants to change the zoo! But Timmy doesn’t want her to—Would you?
The Happy Egg, story by Ruth Krauss, pictures by Crockett Johnson, 1967
There was a little little bird. It was just born. It was still an egg.
Stone Soup by Ann McGovern, pictures by Nola Langner, 1968
A young man was walking. He walked and he walked.
Catch a Little Fox by Fortunata, pictures by Brinton Turkle, 1968
Oh a-hunting we will go.
A-hunting we will go.
Old Witch and the Polka Dot Ribbon by Wende and Harry Devlin, 1970
Howling winds sent branches scraping against the windows and shutters of the old Jug and Muffin Tearoom.
Kitten for a Day by Ezra Jack Keats, 1974
Four playful kittens and a good-natuured and friendly (but somewhat confused puppy), add up to a day of fun for all.
Moose, Goose, and Little Nobody by Ellen Raskin, 1974
One day a big wind blew. Trees fell and a gas pump flew.
Pickle Creature by Daniel M. Pinkwater, 1979
Some good things happen in this world. For example, you might go out one night and find a Pickle Creature.
Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell, 1985 reprint
I’m Emily Elizabeth and I have a dog. My dog is a big red dog.
Special thanks to Gina Asprocolas and the Scholastic librarians for their help with this series!