Public Libraries

All Ages High Contrast Storytime Titles

I helped pull together a list of books for a high contrast/monochrome/black & white storytime theme and I thought I would share the list here. I didn’t focus too much on board books because there are many examples of high contrast books for babies. Tana Hoban and Roger Priddy have several. But we wanted to make sure there were plenty for toddlers and preschoolers that would also present good storytime material. Several of these books are wordless (Suzy Lee) or don’t lend themselves to a large storytime crowd (Hervé Tullet). This list gave us plenty to work with for reading aloud and also for having available for check out immediately after.

Board Books

Hello Baby series by Roger Priddy

Several different titles from Tana Hoban

Several different titles from Peter Linenthal

Picture Books

Wave by Suzy Lee

Shadow by Suzy Lee

The Zoo by Suzy Lee

Mirror by Suzy Lee

Please Mr Panda by Steve Antony

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Round Trip by Ann Jonas

Freight Train by Donald Crews

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

Night of the Gargoyles by Eve Bunting

Help We Need a Title! and several other titles from Hervé Tullet

The Red Shoes by Sun Yung Yoo

Unspoken by Henry Cole

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

Ish (and several other titles) by Peter Reynolds

Yellow Umbrella by Jae Soo Liu

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett

The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett

And some for the older crowd…

Picture This by Molly Bang

Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman

Some of these are better than others for the theme, but all of theme have high contrast or a pop of color that plays into the text. And there was plenty to work with! This theme will lend itself well to simple black and white crafts after storytime, too.