10 Picture Books for Older Children (8-11)

Picture books aren't just for wee ones!

Picture books are for everyone, from toddlers to adults. If you're an older reader, the books below will give you a rich reading experience, ranging from dark explorations of xenophobia to whimsical parodies of popular folk tales.

1. I am Thomas

Libby Gleeson & Armin Greder
War Game cover

2. War Game

Michael Foreman
Zoo cover

3. Zoo

Anthony Browne
Mirror cover

4. Mirror

Jeannie Baker

5. Varmints

Helen Ward, Marc Craste (Illus)
Black Dog cover

6. Black Dog

Levi Pinfold
The Black Book of Colours cover

7. The Black Book of Colours

Menena Cottin, Rosana Faria
Michael Rosen's Sad Book by Michael Rosen

8. Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake (Illus)
FArTHER cover


Grahame Baker-Smith

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust