Picture Books for High Schoolers

Hey everyone! Back to School season has arrived and we are about to embark on a year like no other.  Last spring I did picture book readalouds for my high school students, I called them “bedtime stories” and it was very popular with my students. It provided a wonderful community building activity and brought out a lot of nostalgia in the teens for their childhood.

I surveyed students to see if they would like me to continue to do readalouds this year, and the overwhelming response was YES! Although in the spring I read books I had borrowed from our elementary school library, over the summer I began to think that it might be a nice idea to establish a modern picture book collection at our high school. Currently we do not have any picture books, but I know that many high schools do use picture books, both for pleasure reading AND for things like ELA, foreign language, ELL, social emotional needs, etc.

So I decided that this Fall I would officially start a picture book collection for our high school.  I went to twitter and facebook to ask my lovely librarian community for recommendations of picture books because, as a non-parent and high school librarian, my knowledge of excellent and modern picture books is basically zilch.

And, like the awesome and incredible information professionals they are, my librarian community came through for me with flying colors! I asked for recommendations of books that were modern, diverse, funny, inspiring, relevant, and for at least some to be #ownvoices.  I received an ABUNDANCE of responses from these wonderful librarians, and today I submitted my initial list to my district for purchase approval.

Scouring through all the results and a ton of other lists and blogs took quite a bit of time, so I thought I would share my list here in case any other librarians are interested in starting, or adding, a picture book collection to their libraries.


List of Picture Books I’m Adding to our HS Library

I cannot wait to introduce these books to my students via read-alouds, and then to get them circulating so students and teachers can enjoy the books for themselves, or even read to the younger children in their lives. What a wonderful bonding opportunity!


  1. Wow, this is a fun idea! Did you just open it up to all high school students? Or do you bring students in by classes? I feel like this would be out of my comfort zone as I would assume high school students wouldn’t be interested but maybe I will never know until I try. Thanks!


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