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35 Amazing Picture Books For Adults That Will Warm Your Heart

35 Amazing Picture Books For Adults That Will Warm Your Heart

Even as an adult, when I read picture books to my young child I smile with delight and joy. Sometimes I even catch myself reading some of our favorite picture books after my daughter goes to sleep. In honor of the pictures books that make us giddy, give us an education and teach us how to become better people, here are 35 amazing picture books for adults that will warm your heart.

1. The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, by Peter Sis

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    Sis’s book illuminates the life of French pilot and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, creator of The Little Prince. This epic tale of adventure follows Saint-Exupéry as he grows from a fatherless child to pioneer of flight.

    2. The Heart and the Bottle, by Oliver Jeffers

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      For anyone who has ever suffered the loss of a close person, Jeffers’s book captures the journey from loss of innocence to the revitalization of the soul.

      3. LaRue Across America: Post Cards From the Vacation, by Mark Teague

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        Gertrude LaRue and her canine companion, Ike, take a road trip through the heartland of American with two cats in tow. The delightful illustrations give us a fun sense of wonder and show us some of the great landscape and adventures found throughout the United States.

        4. New Big House, by Debi Gliori

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          It is never fun outgrowing a small house. But Gliori’s story guides us through the great adventure of searching for a new house, renovating a small house, and settling into a big, new, wonderful home.

          5. Seasons, by Blexbolex

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            This boldly illustrated book takes the reader through the symphony of the four seasons. It captures the great moments of winter, spring, summer and fall with fascinating simplicity.

            6. MAPS, by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski

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              MAPS is an aesthetically pleasing, antique-type depiction of various countries’ borders and topography. The book also includes interesting information about various countries’ culture

              7. Slim and Miss Prim, by Robert Kinerk, illustrations by Jim Harris

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                Slim, a strong but shy cowboy, is secretly in love with ranch owner Marigold Prim. After both Slim and her cattle are stolen, Miss Prim travels through the majestic imagery of the Wild West to rescue them. After his rescue, Slim gets up the courage to marry Miss Prim.

                8. Bentley and Blueberry, by Randy Houk

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                  Blueberry is a lonely stray dog sitting in a shelter waiting for a family. Bentley is loved but lonely puppy. When the two meet, it brings mayhem and happiness to their owner Ms. Moody’s life. This book is based upon a true story.

                  9. Olivia, by Ian Falconer

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                    Every Olivia book is a delightful journey into the mind of a young girl. With simple but character-filled illustrations, every one of Olivia’s adventures – whether real or imaginary – are fun.

                    10. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

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                      This poetic tale of a day at the zoo depicts Eric Carle’s amazing creativity, coupled with Bill Martin’s sense of rhyme for an enjoyable exploration through the eyes of animals.

                      11. Corduroy, by Don Freeman

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                        Corduroy – a little bear all alone on a department store shelf – finds the love of a young girl, only to be abandoned because of his broken overalls. Corduroy ventures off his shelf to find a button to fix his overalls, but despite his escapades through the department store, he cannot fix them. In the end, the young girl’s love brings her back to buy the broken bear. This heartwarming tale has been loved by generations.

                        12. Jumanji, by Chris Van Allsburg

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                          Jumanji – the only board game that literally sucks you in – is an amazing jungle adventure that comes to life and symbolizes a son’s conflict with his father and his transformation into adulthood.

                          13. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl

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                            In its 50th year, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is still celebrating the unlikely friendship between Charlie Bucket – a boy living in abject poverty – and Willy Wonka – the successful chocolatier without a family. This tale of love, triumph and family continues to amaze children from five to 95.

                            14. Give Thanks for Each Day, by Steve Metzger, illustrated by Robert McPhillips

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                              This heartwarming poem illustrates the beauty of giving thanks for the simple things in life.

                              15. Little Bea and the Snowy Day, by Daniel Roode

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                                Little Bea and her friends show us the many ways we can have fun playing on a snowy day.

                                16. A Fine Picnic, by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Leon Baxter

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                                  When the family picnic gets rained out, Jack’s family doesn’t let the showers spoil their outing. With the picnic basket, thermoses, rain jackets and a bit of imagination, Jack’s family makes their home into a perfect park land for a picnic.

                                  17. The River, by Alessandro Sanna

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                                    The very talented Alessandro Sanna takes us through the seasons with divine watercolor pictorials of each season’s special burst of color and flair.

                                    18. Fox, by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Ron Brooks

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                                      Another amazing illustrated book, this story explores the wonderful side of friendship and the dark side of jealousy.

                                      19. FArTHER, by Grahame Baker-Smith

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                                        FArTHER is a heartwarming story about how the bonds between father and son are hard to break, even when death tears them apart. Yet another amazing illustrated book, the story follows a young man who loses his father during the war and then proceeds to honor his father’s dream of flying.

                                        20. Voices in the Park, by Anthony Browne

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                                          Sometimes seeing the world from another person’s point of view can be difficult. Voices in the Park enlightens adults and children alike on how to see life from another person’s perspective and how to look beyond our own prejudice.

                                          21. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce, illustrated with Joe Bluhm

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                                            An amazing book about loving books made for book lovers of all ages.

                                            22. Frankenstein, by Rick Walton, illustrated by Nathan Hale

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                                              Walton’s parody of Ludwig Bemelmans’s Madeline features a not-so-scary Frankenstein encompassing the fun spirit of Halloween.

                                              23. Goodnight iPad: a Parody for the Next Generation, by Ann Droyd

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                                                A parody of Goodnight Moon, Goodnight iPad pokes fun at the human race’s inability to unplug – ever. It’s also a good reason to put down the mobile device and pick up a book.

                                                24. Lights Out!, by John Himmelman

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                                                  Himmelman’s book is for moms, dads and sisters who have always wanted to know what really goes on at Boy Scout Camp, or for Boy Scouts who want to remember the silly stuff that makes camp so memorable.

                                                  25. What Moms Can’t Do, by Douglas Wood, illustrated by Doug Cushman

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                                                    This heartwarming tale is about the everyday tasks that moms can’t seem to accomplish – such as keeping the house clean or hearing herself think – told from a kids’ point of view. But in the end, every kid knows that what mom does best is love them.

                                                    26. The Littlest Pilgrim, by Brandi Dougherty, illustrated by Kirsten Richards

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                                                      Mini the pilgrim is a kind soul looking to help out those she loves, but she cannot seem to find anyone who is in need of her help. Eventually, Mini finds a girl who is in need of her friendship.

                                                      27. When Lucy Goes Out Walking, by Ashley Wolff

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                                                        We follow lovable puppy Lucy through her first year of life, month by month. Each month illustrates not only Lucy’s growth, but also the enjoyable aspects of the month, such as the cool April wind and October’s colorful leaves.

                                                        28. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, by Charles Schultz

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                                                          Every year, Linus van Pelt dutifully waits for the Great Pumpkin in the most sinister pumpkin patch, hoping his hero will arrive with lots of toys. And every year, the Great Pumpkin disappoints. But what keeps us in love with this tale is that we get the see the otherwise surly Lucy van Pelt’s love for her brother as she picks him up from the pumpkin patch at four in the morning, puts him to bed and gets extra candy for him while trick or treating.

                                                          29. The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

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                                                            One day, Duncan goes looking for his crayons only to find out they have left him a list of grievances and they have gone on strike. Duncan must figure out a way to fix each of their grievances before they will work again. Much like real life, Daywalt and Jeffers illustrate the complexity of relationships and how we can work to make them better.

                                                            30. The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

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                                                              A simply beautiful story about a young boy named Peter who wakes up to find the delight of the first snow fall of the season. Peter’s adventures of making snow angels and throwing snowballs are reminiscent of the innocence of a snowy day as a child.

                                                              31. The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson

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                                                                Ferdinand is a gentle bull who would rather smell flowers than butt heads. Ferdinand’s life of contentment and gentle being reminds us all how to be happy with ourselves – as we are—even if we aren’t the same as others.

                                                                32. The Story about Ping, by Marjorie Flack, illustrated by Kurt Wiese

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                                                                  Ping the duck lives on a boat in the Yangtze River with his family. One night, Ping becomes separated from his family and through some misadventures figures out just how much he loves them. Ping’s genuine love of his family encourages readers to cherish time with their own families.

                                                                  33. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

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                                                                    Eric Carle’s classic story follows a caterpillar as he evolves from an egg into a beautiful butterfly. This boldly illustrated story is captivating even as an adult.

                                                                    34. The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

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                                                                      The Runaway Bunny’s story is perhaps one of the most symbolic stories of how far a parent’s love will travel to keep a child safe. The simple illustrations make the book whimsical and enchanting.

                                                                      35. The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg

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                                                                        Before Tom Hanks starred in the movie version of this renowned Christmas story, parents and children had been enjoying the tale for over 20 years. This story fills us all with the love and hope of the Christmas season, even if you don’t believe in Santa anymore.

                                                                        Featured photo credit: Books/Marin Resnick via flickr.com

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                                                                        Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                                                                        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                                                                        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                                                                        Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                                                                        If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                                                                        1. Create a Daily Plan

                                                                        Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                                                                        2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                                                                        Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                                                                        3. Use a Calendar

                                                                        Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                                                                        I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                                                                        Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                                                                        4. Use an Organizer

                                                                        An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                                                                        These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                                                                        5. Know Your Deadlines

                                                                        When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                                                                        But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                                                                        6. Learn to Say “No”

                                                                        Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                                                                        Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                                                        7. Target to Be Early

                                                                        When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                                                                        For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                                                                        Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                                                                        8. Time Box Your Activities

                                                                        This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                                                                        You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                                                                        9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                                                                        Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                                                                        10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                                                                        Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                                                                        You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                                                                        11. Focus

                                                                        Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                                                                        Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                                                                        Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                                                                        12. Block out Distractions

                                                                        What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                                                                        I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                                                                        When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                                                                        Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                                                                        13. Track Your Time Spent

                                                                        When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                                                                        You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                                                                        14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                                                                        You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                                                                        Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                                                                        15. Prioritize

                                                                        Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                                                                        Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                                                                        16. Delegate

                                                                        If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                                                                        When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                                                                        17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                                                                        For related work, batch them together.

                                                                        For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                                                                        1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                                                                        2. coaching
                                                                        3. workshop development
                                                                        4. business development
                                                                        5. administrative

                                                                        I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                                                                        18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                                                                        What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                                                                        One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                                                                        While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                                                                        19. Cut off When You Need To

                                                                        The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                                                                        Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                                                                        20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                                                                        Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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