Clever and Imaginative Picture Books Ideal for Young Children

Posted on July 18, 2018

by Maria R

Engaging Picture Book

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

It Looked Like Spilt Milk” is perhaps one of the most engaging books in the 101 Picture Book Challenge list. The clever concept of using a white blob appearing like spilt milk shapes on a blue background to reveal that it was just a cloud in the sky, has made this title a childhood classic. It is without question a great book to share with children. I love how well it engages children to participate in reading along, as they chime in the repetitive phrase “it looked like … but it wasn’t ….” It captivates children’s attention trying to guess the next silhouette. In a way, the story turns into an interactive guessing game.

Most of the silhouettes are easily identifiable. Children shout out the answers in confidence because they know they have the right responses. However, two shapes, a great horned owl and an angel, are not that obvious. Eventually, I am the one eagerly waiting for some fascinating responses from the children. A cloud in a child’s imagination can metamorphize in endless possibilities even to look like spilt milk.

Borrow it from the Library:

Book | Read-Along (includes a Book and Audiobook on CD)


Ages 4-8 | Grades K-3

If you like “It Looked Like Spilt Milk,” you may also enjoy these great cloud stories:

Cloud Boy by Rhode Montijo
Little Cloud by Eric Carle
Sector 7 by David Wiesner
“Cloud Boy” by Rhode Montijo is available in Print. “Little Cloud” by Eric Carle is available in Print. “Sector 7” by David Wiesner is available in Print and eBook.

What is the 101 Picture Book Challenge?

The 101 Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between.

101 Picture Book Challenge - Toledo Lucas County Public Library

To get started, register online. You can track your progress online or if you prefer a paper log booklet, pick one up at your neighborhood Library. The books are organized into categories but you can read the books in any order and at your own pace. When you read all 101 titles, you earn a free picture book (while supplies last).

This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.

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