Okay so your probably looking at the title and thinking
What? Whats the difference?
Well I’m hear to tell you there is a difference. it might be slight but it is a defining difference between the two. Picture books have a picture on each page usually with text but may be textless; pictures carry the story. Picture story books have some pictures but not on every page; pictures and words carry the story. The two genres where once characterized as both being picture books until recently, they where both considered picture books.
Picture book include:
- Alphabet books
- Counting books
- Mother Goose books
- Nursery rhyme books
- and more
Picture story books include:
- Jokes and Riddles
- and more
Orbis Pictus in 1658 by John Amos Comenius was the earliest illustrated book specifically for children but it wasn’t a story book it was said to more of a encyclopedia for children with the illustrations made with woodcuts. A Little Pretty Pocket-Book in 1744 by John Newton was the earliest illustrated storybook marketed as pleasure reading in English.
One of my favorite children’s picture story authors is Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel and was born March 2 in 1904. In 1960 Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn’t write an entire book using fifty words. this resulted in one of Geisel’s most well known books Green Eggs and Ham. Theodor Seuss Geisel died September 24 1991 at the age of 87. Dr. Seuss wrote 46 children’s books including:
- The Cat in the Hat
- Green Eggs and Ham
- And to Think That I Saw It in Mulberry Street