Top three Picture Books for Both Adults and Kids to Enjoy

Picture books are not just for children; there are many wonderful works that offer pleasant messages and charming illustrations for adults as well. The appeal of picture books is that they remind us of important values and pure enjoyment that we tend to overlook in our daily lives. In this issue, I have carefully selected three books that adults can enjoy with their children.


The three books I am about to introduce here are filled with overlooked everyday values and inspiring messages, and each time you read them, you will discover something new. These are works that can be read together by parents and children to further deepen their value. Please enjoy the moments when adults and children can grow together through picture books.

Dear Zoo

“Dear Zoo” begins with a child who wants a pet and writes a letter to the zoo to have a pet sent to him. The child waits with anticipation, but humorously describes why the animals sent are not suitable as pets. As each page flaps over, children will be surprised, smiling, and excited about the next animal. This is a great opportunity to understand the characteristics of animals and to think with your child about their suitability as pets. The repetitive patterns and humorous illustrations make this a fun book.

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¥1,146 (2024/03/18 23:01時点 | Amazon調べ)

Little Blue and Little Yellow

Little Blue and Little Yellow, depicted by colored dots, are best friends who always play together. One day, when they hug each other, they turn a new color: green. The mixture makes them unrecognizable to their family and friends, and their individuality is shaken. It is inspiring for adults to see them return to their original color, but also to see them try to gain an understanding of the strength and diversity of their friendship. Through simple illustrations and colors, the story teaches the importance of friendship and of being who you are.

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¥1,269 (2024/05/08 00:38時点 | Amazon調べ)

Kimi no Soba ni Iruyo

“Kimi no Soba ni Iruyo” is a picture book in which small animals in the forest at night communicate with each other. The gentle words exchanged in the moonlight are filled with compassion and love. “I love you even if things go well. I love you even if things don’t go well.” These words show unconditional love. The cute animals and the gentle, comforting text will bring peace of mind to adults as well.

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¥1,540 (2024/05/08 00:39時点 | Amazon調べ)


These three books are simple stories, yet portray deep themes. Universal elements such as animals, colors, friendship and love are easy for adults to relate to and bring new discoveries and joy through communication with children. Enjoy with your children these picture books that bring tenderness to their hearts.


I am a mother of one child with a love of picture books! The time I spend reading picture books with my child is a treasure for me. In this blog, I introduce picture books that have left a deep impression on me and share the charm of stories that nurture children's imagination and sensitivity, and also inspire us adults to learn and be moved by them. I aim to create a place where readers can connect and empathize with each other through picture books. Thank you!

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