Flyleaf's Favorite Picture Books 2020

I Am Every Good Thing Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525518778
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

Derrick Barnes and and Gordon C. James have created yet another beautiful book. If you loved Crown, don't miss their newest collaboration! -Jen

Little Fox Cover Image
By Edward van de Vendel, Marije Tolman (Illustrator), David Colmer (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781646140077
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

Hands down one of my favorite picture books of the year. The colors simply leap off the page. Alternating between wordless pages and text, Little Fox tells the story of a playful fox who has gotten himself into a pickle (more than once, really) and relies on the help of a little boy for rescue. All turns out well in the end. What a joy to read. --Elese

Everyone's Awake: (Read-Aloud Bedtime Book, Goodnight Book for Kids) Cover Image
By Colin Meloy, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452178059
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 3rd, 2020

What a quirky picture book! The members of this unusual household stay awake all night in increasingly absurd ways. Had us all laughing out loud. --Elese

Our Little Kitchen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419746550
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

Jillian Tamaki's text & illustrations offer a joyful peek inside the controlled chaos of an inclusive community food kitchen. Pair it with Harlem Grown by Tony Hillery, and you've got a powerful duo of food justice picture books. --Elese

How to Be a Pirate Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681197784
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - March 3rd, 2020

A heartwarming and gorgeously illustrated book about the stories behind tattoos and realizing you can be whatever you decide to be. HOW TO BE A PIRATE will make your day. It will have readers young and old laughing and smiling from ear to ear. --Zach

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story Cover Image
By Tina Cho, Jess X. Snow (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781984814869
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Published: Kokila - August 4th, 2020

Young Dayeon wonders if she's brave enough to be a haenyeo - a free-diver - like her Grandma. As she works up her courage to try, the reader is treated to gorgeous illustrations awash in lush purples and vibrant oranges. Complete with beautiful messages about working in partnership with other women and in harmony with the sea, this grandmother-granddaughter story is a delight to read aloud and a welcome addition to the picture book world. --Elese

If You Come to Earth Cover Image
By Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452137797
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2020

As always, Blackall's beautiful illustrations matched with the sweet text (explaining Earth to a visitor from outer space) makes for an endearing, heartwarming, and important book for anyone--child or adult. --Jen

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera Cover Image
By Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823442850
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Published: Neal Porter Books - February 4th, 2020

The duo behind the marvelous Giant Squid is back. Written with the pacing of a picture book but chock-full of scientific facts, Honeybee is an excellent read-aloud for curious preschoolers through early elementary grades. So many “Whoa! I didn’t know that!” moments to be had throughout along with absolutely gorgeous illustrations. Long live Apis mellifera! --Elese

Love by Sophia (The Sophia Books) Cover Image
By Jim Averbeck, Yasmeen Ismail (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481477901
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 16th, 2020

A story about art, family, love and perspective. -Elese

Elevator Bird Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525648819
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 24th, 2020

By day Elevator Bird cheerfully tends to the myriad animal guests at the hotel — shepherding them up and down the elevator, offering advice on the sights and doling out kindness all around — but by night he “longs for dark nights filled with city lights.” So his coworkers come together to help Bird’s fresh air dreams come true. The story is lovely but it's the illustrations that really make it into something special. The colorful and adorably drawn critters will elicit squees of delight. (Rainbow porcupine is my personal favorite.) --Elese

In a Jar Cover Image
By Deborah Marcero, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525514596
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

A joyous riot of color with a pair of ridiculously cute bunnies ... Llewellyn and Evelyn are the best of friends, collecting memories of the wonders of their world. When the day comes that Evelyn's family has to move to a new town, the two bunny friends endeavor to find a new way to share their experiences with each other across the distance. --Elese

Sun Flower Lion Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062866103
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 22nd, 2020

A sweet, slightly quirky picture book reminscent of Kevin Henkes's beloved Kitten's First Full Moon. Perfect for the youngest of readers. --Elese