Reading is a beautiful hobby. It takes you to your very own dreamworld, far from reality. As much as I love reading fiction novels, I like to pick up an Illustrated book once in a while. I love adding spice to anything – even reading. Once in a while it’s good to pick up an illustrated book. Maybe it has something to do with the fact I am an Illustrator. *shrugs* But I love picture books. There. I said it.
And some of them are so eye-catching, I occasionally like flipping through them while sipping some tea. I flip the pages non-chalantly and while listening to soft piano music. Isn’t that a pretty picture?
If I’ve gotten you all excited, then you must absolutely get your hands on these ten books. They are a must for all women who love to read and go gaga over pictures.
1. Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World
The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book are super bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change. Featuring bold watercolor portraits and illuminating essays by Ann Shen, Bad Girls Throughout History is a distinctive, gift-worthy tribute.
2. My name is Girl: An Illustrated Guide to the Female Mind
Venture forth—if you dare—into the hazardous territory that is the girl brain…! From the dreaded doom of bra-shopping to the delights and disasters of modern-day living, this book offers a humorous, revealing, and hugely-relatable exploration of what it means to be a girl in the twenty-first century.
A fully illustrated celebration of female friendship that is a gift, a thank-you note, and a love letter all in one. Besties smartly captures all the reasons why best friends are… well, the best: they help you make decisions, are there through rough patches, and will always be your +1 for awkward parties. Even more than that, best friends are the people with whom dearest memories are shared, whether trivial or meaningful. In a style that is at turns both sweet and quirky, celebrated indie artist Leah Goren illustrates the many ways in which close friendships withstand the test of time, cross-country moves, failed romantic relationships, and silly arguments. Featuring whimsical artwork and a sincere message, this is the book friends both young and mature will want to give each other to show their appreciation.
4. The Heart and the Bottle
This is a book for adults who are grieving and trying to cope. A little girl delights herself in the never-ending discoveries that the world has to offer along with her grandfather. But then the man’s chair is empty, and the girl puts her heart in a bottle to help with the pain. Oliver Jeffers delivers a remarkable book, a tale of poignancy and resonance reminiscent of The Giving Tree that will speak to the hearts of children and parents alike.
5. Library of Luminaries: Coco Chanel: An Illustrated Biography
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s signature style and revolutionary approach to design changed women’s fashion forever. Featuring handwritten text paired with sweet illustrations and a tactile cover with foil-stamped and debossed details, this giftable volume sheds new light on the woman behind some of the last century’s most iconic designs—from her impoverished childhood in an orphanage to her dreams of becoming a singer and her tumultuous love affairs with Europe’s elite. Brimming with excerpts from Chanel’s own letters and diaries, these pages reveal the passion and vision of one of the most celebrated fashion designers of all time.
6. Goodnight Mr Darcy
The adored children’s classic Goodnight Moon gets a classic lit makeover in this charming parody of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice novel. All of Austen’s much-loved characters are at the Netherfield Ball- In the great ballroom, there was a country dance, and a well-played tune, and Elizabeth Bennett; and Mr. Darcy surprised, by a pair of fine eyes … And don’t forget Jane with a blush and Mr. Bingley turned to mush, and a gossiping mother and father saying hush.
7. There is no right way to Meditate
Take a Moment and Breathe! In There Is No Right Way to Meditate, award-winning artist Yumi Sakugawa helps you tap into your inner self and finally find the peace that you’ve been seeking. Each page offers a unique perspective on how to lead a more mindful life, with captivating ink illustrations and encouraging words like, “it’s okay if the only thing you did today was breathe.” From simple ways to get rid of a bad mood to instructions for making your intentions come true, her lessons will inspire you to become more aware of the present moment and find stillness no matter where you go.
8. It’s never too late
Full of wisdom and whimsy, this children’s book for adults is a beautifully written, gorgeously illustrated timeless story for anyone looking for the perfect reminder of just how magical life is. As adults with bills and babysitters, it’s easy for us to get distracted from what matters most in life. Yet if today was the day that it all came crashing down, would you be happy with your life? If not, it’s never too late. It’s never too late to tell someone you care, to start something new, to appreciate life at its fullest. Because at the end of the day it’s the love you’ll remember that you gave and you got.
9. Where’s Warhol
Join Andy on a tour through time as he visits the art of the past. From Michelangelo at work on the Sistine Chapel, to Jean-Michel Basquait painting the streets of New York, via the French Impressionists and the Bauhaus, Andy has immersed himself in 12 iconic moments from Art History and the reader’s challenge is to find him in each. Whilst searching for Andy amongst the crowds, readers can also find a host of historical characters and features from each period. Spot glamorous 1970s celebrities surrounding Andy at Studio 54, for example, whilst key Modernists can be identified at work at the Bauhaus.
Each scene has been recreated from careful archival research by art historian Catherine Ingram and painstakingly illustrated by Andrew Rae. Educational, fun and visually engaging, Where’s Warhol? is the alternative, illustrated guide to the history of art for both adults and children.
A clever parody about a little girl living in a hipster hotel.
This is ELLA. She is six years old. She lives at the Local Hotel. She has a nanny called Manny. He has tattoos for sleeves and he might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck. Sometimes Ella weaves purses out of Ziploc bags and reclaimed twine. (She is artsy of course.) She has a dog named Stacie and a fish named Rasta and a scooter which is important for getting everywhere she needs to be. Altogether she has been to 62 events including that Hillary Clinton fundraiser. She is NEVER bored. If Ella and Kay Thompson’s Eloise got together for a play date, they would have a very good time indeed.
And that brings us to the end of the 10 amazing illustrated books every woman should read. As always, I love reading and I’d love to know if you loved this list or feel this list is missing something? Please feel free to add to the list of illustrated books for women by commenting below!