I vividly remember the pride I felt when I graduated from reading picture books to chapter books. Sure, chapter books had a few illustrations here and there but they were inky, black scratches, nothing like the full-page, color illustrations in picture books. The absence of these gorgeous illustrations seemed to signify that I was on the cusp of adulthood. Soon, I’d be reading hard-hitting investigative literature like Harriet the Spy.

One I graduated from picture books, I never looked back….until library school. There, I took a Picture Books for Older Readers (PBOR) class. These weren’t just books that could be appreciated by a third-grade class as well as a kindergarten class, these were books that could have a profound effect on adults as well as children. Ever since that class, I’ve changed my perception of picture books and found some real gems along the way (continued at Book Riot).