Not Just for Kids: 7 Picture Books for Adults


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Who said picture books were just for kids? Pictures have a way of sharing stories with readers of all ages and backgrounds. To help draw out the big kid in all of us, VPL’s reading experts share this list of top picture books for adults:

Carry This BookCarry This Book by Abbi Jacobson

What’s in Oprah’s favourite purse? How about Amelia Earhart’s pencil case or Bernie Madoff’s suitcase? Abbi Jacobson brings these thoughts to life with her art in Carry This Book and explores how the belongings we carry shape our identity.

Prayer for World PeacePrayer for World Peace
by Jane Goodall and illustrated by Feeroozeh Golmohammadi

Renowned naturalist Jane Goodall shares her passion for all of Earth’s creatures in this personal and universal call for peace. Filled with rich and colourful illustrations by Iranian artist Feeroozeh Golmohammadi, the book portrays war, poverty and the power of hope.

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A Number of ThingsA Number of Things by Jane Urquhart and illustrated by Scott McKowen

Beloved Canadian author Jane Urquhart showcases 50 Canadian objects and shares a narrative that speaks to our collective experience as a nation. Beautiful illustrated by artist Scott McKowen, the book dives into the deeper meaning of these artifacts in Canada’s history.

Atlas ObscuraAtlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton

Travel off the beaten path and be inspired by this explorer’s guide to the world’s hidden wonders. From dazzling glow worm caves in New Zealand to a baobob tree in South Africa that has a pub inside, your travel bucket list is sure to grow with this book’s list of more than 700 strange and curious places.

100 Photographs100 Photographs by the editors of Time magazine

To celebrate Time magazine’s 175 years of outstanding photography and photojournalism, the magazine’s editors published this compilation of the most influential images of all time. Each photo captures how the world – and our view of it – has changed.

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Vancouver in the SeventiesVancouver in the Seventies by Kate Bird

Browse through a pictorial history of the Vancouver during a decade that changed the city. With exclusive photos from the Vancouver Sun’s extensive collection and essays by renowned local authors, Vancouver in the Seventies puts the spotlight on a pivotal time when Vancouver came into its own.

Wade Davis: PhotographsWade Davis: Photographs by Wade Davis

Anthropologist and photographer Wade Davis shares 150 of his favourite photographs – a stunning collection that represents Davis’ diverse cultural experiences throughout his career. The photos draw you into experiences of family, tradition, love and the danger of losing rich cultural heritages.

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