The best album books to unleash your children´s imagination

Diego Vaisberg Author Of Dino
By Diego Vaisberg

Who am I?

I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and I'm the head behind DGPH illustration and design studio. I'm also an illustration professor of the illustrator major at Palermo University (UP). My passion for kids books and illustration turned me into a full time illustrator combining both passions, illustration, and design. And with time, I started writing my own stories too.


I wrote...

Dino

By Diego Vaisberg,

Book cover of Dino

What is my book about?

A heart-warming story about the complications of having a dinosaur as a pet.

The book follows an "average" day with a t-rex as a family member. It's actually based on my experience with my first son Simon, and how it was our first year as a family. The book was made using a Risograph printing technique, illustrated with just 2 colors mixing photographs, collage, and digital illustration.

The books I picked & why

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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

By Peter Brown,

Book cover of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Why this book?

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild mixes an amazing yet simple illustration style, with a powerful message about letting yourself go and letting everyone be. The bold mixed-media compositions, the color palette, and the right amount of words help kids and readers to complete the story while learning about individuality and self-expression.

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

By Peter Brown,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Mr. Tiger Goes Wild as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Mr. Tiger lived a perfectly proper life in a perfectly proper city. And everything was perfectly fine...until the day he had a wonderfully wild idea! Why choose to stay in the stuffy city when there is a whole wide world of wilderness and wildness to explore? So Mr. Tiger bounds off on an adventure to discover where he really belongs. From beloved author Peter Brown and using a brand-new art style, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild shows us that there's a time and place for everything. Even going wild.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

By Oliver Jeffers,

Book cover of The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Why this book?

The pages are filled with things to discover,  it's one of those books that you will read and start over to find things hidden amongst the pages. The quirky lines makes the main character really nice for kids, resembling how they draw their own characters. And the story gives a really nice message about how fulfilling reading can be.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

By Oliver Jeffers,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Incredible Book Eating Boy as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The mouth-watering new book from acclaimed author illustrator, Oliver Jeffers.

Henry loves books... but not like you and I. He loves to EAT books! This exciting story follows the trials and tribulations of a boy with a voracious appetite for books.

Henry discovers his unusual taste by mistake one day, and is soon swept up in his new-found passion - gorging on every delicious book in sight! And better still, he realises that the more books he eats, the smarter he gets. Henry dreams of becoming the Incredible Book Eating Boy; the smartest boy in the world!

But a book-eating…


The Fly: How a Perfect Day Can Turn into a Nightmare

By Gusti,

Book cover of The Fly: How a Perfect Day Can Turn into a Nightmare

Why this book?

An amazing story with a twist that will give your kids a big laugh at the end. A short simple story about how things can turn really bad in just a second...The collage technique along the book using everyday objects to create the illustrations gives this book a unique sense of art style that makes the story even funnier. And also lets the kids make their own interpretation.

The Fly: How a Perfect Day Can Turn into a Nightmare

By Gusti,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Fly as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A spectacular debut to delight young and old, this book is the story of a cheerful insect's fun day at the beach turning into a nightmare. A crazy, hilarious tale in the vein of the bestselling The Little Mole who knew it was none of his business.

Don't Cross the Line!

By Isabel Minhos Martins, Bernardo Carvalho (illustrator),

Book cover of Don't Cross the Line!

Why this book?

This is one of those books, where not only the words and illustrations make the story, but also the pages and book format are part of the plot, where the book´s gutter is one of the main characters. A book to have on paper! A story about community and peaceful revolutions, and how things can be changed with dialogue and working together. 

Don't Cross the Line!

By Isabel Minhos Martins, Bernardo Carvalho (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Don't Cross the Line! as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The guard always follows the general's orders without question. This time, the order is that no one must cross the line! The right-hand page of this book must be kept blank for the general. As the crowd builds up on the border, the guard is under pressure. If no one is allowed onto the next page, what will happen to the story?

And then a ball bounces across the line . . .

This slapstick postmodern tale is also a profound statement about dictatorship and peaceful revolution, from an award-winning author/illustrator team.


El Pequeño Planeta Perdido

By Ziraldo Alves Pinto,

Book cover of El Pequeño Planeta Perdido

Why this book?

This book marked my childhood in the '80s (there is a modern version but the original is the one), being one of the main reasons I do what I do. This is the story of an astronaut that lands on a planet far far away, after running out of fuel. Somehow everyone on earth can hear his loneliness and tries to help. It is a beautiful story about self-understanding and helping others, that mixes illustrations and photographs, allowing children's imaginations to flow: the little planet is represented by an orange photo and the rocket is just a regular bread piece, which as a kid blew my mind.  

El Pequeño Planeta Perdido

By Ziraldo Alves Pinto,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked El Pequeño Planeta Perdido as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Cierta vez enviaron a un hombre al espacio en dirección a un planeta perdido. Era un planeta tan distante que el combustible se terminó cuando llegó por fin a destino. El astronauta quedó atrapado y solo en su nuevo mundo.pero por algún extraño fenómeno de sintonía su voz se escuchaba claramente en la tierra... Una historia de amor diferente simple y conmovedora.

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