Not Your Average Picture Book

A few months ago a parent came in to the library asking for quirky and unusual picture books to read with her son. This was such a fun request I thought I’d share the list, which includes some of my all-time favorite picture books. These stories keep you on your toes with surprising twists and turns, offer an unusual perspective, or poke fun at the world or even the roles of authors, illustrators, and readers. Some of them are just plain silly. If you’re looking to shake things up a bit, check out these awesomely-quirky reads!

Crazy Hair

Bonnie encounters all sorts of exotic animals and marvelous things inside a man’s crazy hair.

The Composer is Dead

An inspector seeks to solve a murder mystery at the symphony by questioning each of the musical instruments.


When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he tries to knock it down with increasingly larger and more outrageous things.