picture book



a book consisting mainly or entirely of pictures, especially one for children who have not yet learned to read.

Origin of picture book

First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for picture book

Historical Examples of picture book

  • We arrived at the decorated village—a village for a picture-book, if ever there was one.

    The Retrospect

    Ada Cambridge

  • Children in their naïveté will show their picture-book to a dog as to a friend: "Look here!"


    Henny Kindermann

  • Then she put the queen on his other arm, and gave me the hat and picture-book to carry.

    The Chronicles of Rhoda

    Florence Tinsley Cox

  • David was all ears behind a picture-book during this conversation.

    The Quaint Companions

    Leonard Merrick

  • Aunt Jane opened the door—and a child looked up from her picture-book.

    Aunt Jane

    Jennette Lee