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11 Most Beautiful Children's Books That Are Basically Coffee Table Books

If you're a fan of children's books, you know that some of the most incredible art happening today can be found in their pages. It's not at all uncommon to find museum quality artwork in picture books; in fact, there are many titles featuring such amazing illustrations that it seems a shame to stick them on the shelf alongside board books and paperbacks starring characters like Peppa Pig and Thomas the Tank Engine. So why not put them on display? There are plenty of children's books that are basically coffee table books, guaranteed to add serious style to your living room and entertain readers of all ages.

From animal tales to biographies to books that serve as first introductions to art history and architecture, there's something on this list for everyone. (And every age, too: Remember, even babies love to "read" books with cool pictures.) Honestly, you'll probably be tempted to cut some pages out and frame them, but resist the urge: These books are much more impressive when they're all in one piece. And while we know that reading almost anything is good for kids' development, books of this caliber will teach them how to look at the world through the eyes of an artist, appreciating and elevating the everyday with everything they do.

5. 'Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals'