Here's a suggestion: use YouTube to entice your youngsters towards more wonderful picture books. You can find book trailers that give a sneak peek of the book's contents, but also there are whole picture book stories on YouTube. It's a great way to get an idea of whether or not a book will appeal. When your kids' birthdays come up, I just know picture books will be on your shopping list, so why not check out these video clips before you buy.
Some picture books I've found on YouTube
Just a Snowman (read by author, Mercer Meyer)
Excerpt from the animated video of The Snowman (based on picture book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs)(Do you remember Aled Jones singing Walking in the Air? beautiful!)
Guess How Much I Love You - read aloud on CBeebies
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (read by author, Bill Martin)
Harry the Dirty Dog
The Velveteen Rabbit -beautifully told by Meryl Streep
Click Clack Moo
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
Hello Baby - read by author, Mem Fox
Llama Llama Holiday Drama - read by author, Anna Dewdney
Pete the Cat (includes the song!)
Noni the Pony
Video adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are
Trailer for My Heart is Like a Zoo
Trailer for Flotsam
Trailer for It's a Book
Trailer for The Last Viking
Bonus: Is this the future of picture books? (found this ages ago via Jeanne of A Peaceful Day)
So many wonderful picture books; so much compulsion to read or own them all! You might also like to read my post, Use YouTube to Encourage Reading.
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