I've never thought of picture books as solely for little people (which is why I have no qualms about reading them with all my kids, preschool to teen.) They are an art form in their own right, and -- well done -- can be masterpieces. If the language is properly concise and economical, they can be a kind of illustrated poetry.
So, I always look forward to including picture books in our homeschool, whatever we're studying. Here are three that we've enjoyed in the last few days:
Always Remember Me, by Marisabina Russo is based on the amazing true story of the author's grandmother, mother and two aunts and their separation during WWII. All four women survived, and were later reunited, after enduring the horrors of concentration camps and death marches. It is told so sensitively and so beautifully, within the framework of "Oma" sharing the story with her granddaughter.
The Orphans of Normandy : A True Story of World War II Told Through Drawings by Children, by Nancy Amis is another touching story based on real-life experiences. In 1946, the author's great-aunt came into possession of a journal, written and illustrated by little girls who had been forced from their orphanage home, La Maison du Clos, in Caen, France, in an effort to remain safe during the Allied invasion of Normandy. The 100 little girls, and their teachers, walked for more than two months, waving white flags all the way, before reaching the safety of Beaufort-en-Vallee, 150 miles away. The narration and illustrations in this book are the actual words and drawings of the girls.
All three of these books are in the "not to be missed" category. And, need I add that if you are in any way the kind of mommy who sometimes cries when she reads aloud, you had better station a box of tissues nearby when you start on this stack.