Last updated on Sept 2.
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) and relies on the help of a little boy to rescue. All turns out well in the end. What a joy to read.
Gustavo is a normal ghost...except he's very shy and anxious. Will he be able to overcome his shyness and make friends with the other monsters? The cutest Halloween story with a great message! --Jen
A joyful book about community, perseverance and good food. Mr. Tony's spirit and gentle leadership shines through the pages and is sure to inspire young gardeners everywhere --Elese (Ages 3-6)
This book inspired my family to work on creating a Monarch butterfly garden!
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
A wonderful picture book introduction to the world of birds. There are a lot of bird books out there but this one has joined Kevin Henkes' Birds as an absolute favorite.--Elese
Louie, the most-adorable dog, has perfected his ideal day on the town -- pancakes, fish tacos, fettuccine and hot cocoa -- well, almost perfected. Louie is lonely! Kids will giggle at the ever-expressive Louie's idiosyncrasies as he navigates through a Goldilocks array of families until he finds the one just right for him. So much to love on these pages. --Elese
A story about art, family, love and perspective. -Elese
It's Grandparent's Day and a young girl wonders what her classmates will think of her beloved Nana Akua. A powerful story skillfully told, with magnificent illustrations. --Elese
A silly read-aloud that will have adult readers chuckling, too. --Elese
An odd but lovable space dog in an odd but lovable picture book. Short and silly. --Elese
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
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
A hilarious read-aloud about one very determined snail. --Elese ("Oh, Snail Crossing is so funny" says my 8-year-old as he saw me making this list.)
Young Iris has been her family's designated elevator-button-pusher for as long as she can remember, until the day when her role is unceremoniously usurped by her upstart of a baby brother ... --Elese
A story of homesickness, memory and discovery. With the help of a new friend, Ren learns how to find the beauty & possibility in the city around him, while keeping space in his heart for the magic of the place he left behind. Lush, rainbow-filled illustrations are rife with small details that will delight upon repeat readings. --Elese
A picture book for slightly older readers about the friendship between Jack & Charlie, a skittish goat and a blind horse, who together find a way to face life's challenges. --Elese
A follow-up to the fantastic ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market!
This colorful board book celebrates pride of place, creates connections to North Carolina's rich African American heritage, and teaches children about human equality and social justice. P is for Pauli Murray!
David Shannon, author of the No, David books, is back with the story of an earnestly naughty terrier. --Elese
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