What are the best books with black and white illustrations?

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    #1The Giving Tree

    The Giving Tree

    The Giving Tree is a story of unforgettable perception that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return. It's beautifully written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein.

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    #2The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

    The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
    The Garden of Abdul Gasazi  is a children's fantasy picture fiction books written by Chris Van Allsburg. With over 30 pages, this book is published in 1993 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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    Catherine Phillips
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Wouldnt it be nice to have black and white again. With this book go back in time to where everything was black and white"
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    #3Ten Birds

    Ten Birds

    Ten Birds is a black and white picture book for children written by Cybèle Young. This was originally published in 2011. This book features beautifully illustrated birds perfect for teaching kids to count.

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    Rodrigo Rocha
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book has some really great artwork that you are going to love. It is in all black and white, and is great for children."
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    #4Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction

    Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction

    Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction is a nonfiction history book written by David Macaulay. This picture book for children has received the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

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    Paul Kelly
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Got this for my niece. Not only is it a great kids book, but I'm sure people of any age will like it. Its a classic."
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    #5The House in the Night

    The House in the Night
    The House in the Night is a children's picture book written by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes. This book has won the Caldecott Medal in 2009.
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    Kathy Cole
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This seems like a really good book for kids but it is not a very good solution for this topic"
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    #6Make Way for Ducklings

    Make Way for Ducklings
    Make Way for Ducklings is Robert McCloskley's 1941 classic is about the duck Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings, who try to cross the streets of Boston and reach a big and beautiful pond in the public gardens.
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    Heather Perry
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This story sounds really good and cute."
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    #7Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

    Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
    Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats contains a collection of cat poems. This book is written by T. S. Eliot, and was created originally for the author's godchilden. It was originally published in 1939.
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    Emily Shao
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book about cats will warm you through and through with its poetic descriptions of cats that you will recognize everywhere. Originally written for Elliot's godchildren, I loved reading it to my kids, and I enjoyed it every time as much as they did. You will be enchanted by the characters and will see reflections of the poems in every cat you meet. It is the inspiration for the play Cats and remarkably is almost word for word rendition of it. You should own this book and read it to everyone who loves poetry and cats."
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    #8Blueberries for Sal

    Blueberries for Sal

    Blueberries for Sal is a Caldecott Honor Book written by Robert McCloskey. This picture book for children was originally published in 1948. It tells the story of what happens after Sal and her mother meet a mother bear.

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    Jose Schmidt
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "We just love Robert McCloskey, & Blueberries for Sal is no exception. The illustrations are completely charming & captivating. The story sweet & endearing. Love the use of onomatopoeia and the great illustrations. Brings you back to a less crazy life. Miss those days."
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    #9The Story of Ferdinand

    The Story of Ferdinand
    First published in 1936, The Story of Ferdinand is a classic children's picture book written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. It tells the story of Ferdinand, a peaceful young bull who doesn't want to fight in bullfights.
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    #10Millions of Cats

    Millions of Cats
    Millions of Cats is a Newbery Honor-winning picture book written and illustrated by Wanda Gag. It aims to teach children about the concept of large numbers like millions by telling the story of an old couple who decided to adopt a pet.
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    Kimberly Stanley
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I've got mixed feelings about this book. It was engaging and drew me in, but at another level it was repulsive. It does show the disastrous impact of letting greed and vanity take over - and I think children can easily see that the old man collecting all those cats had no common sense. "
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    #11A Penguin Story

    A Penguin Story

    A Penguin Story is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis. It tells the story of Edna the Penguin, who embarks on a journey to discover colors beyond the white snow, black night, and blue sea that she knows.

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    Guillermo Vázquez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "A Penguin Story is more than a book with black and white illustrations. It follows Edna the Penguin on her journey to discover colors beyond the ones that she already knows...black, white, and blue."
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    #12Round Trip

    Round Trip

    Round Trip is a children's picture book created by Ann Jonas. It aims to teach children about shapes by showing the concept of negative space. By turning the book upside down, the images show a different view.

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    Edward Sanchez
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Round Trip by Ann Jonas is a decent book with black and white illustrations. The concept is interesting and it's never boring. I wish the illustrations were in color, though."

Summary

Best What are the best books with black and white illustrations
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Giving TreeBooks 42 Paid
2The Garden of Abdul GasaziBooks 37 Paid
3Ten BirdsBooks 36 Paid
4Cathedral: The Story of Its ConstructionBooks 33 Paid
5The House in the NightBooks 31 Paid
6Make Way for DucklingsBooks 30 Paid
7Old Possum's Book of Practical CatsBooks 27 Paid
8Blueberries for SalBooks 27 Paid
9The Story of FerdinandBooks 24 Paid
10Millions of CatsBooks 22 Paid
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