Great Picture Books of 2020, So Far

Last updated on July 7.

Love by Sophia (The Sophia Books) Cover Image
By Jim Averbeck, Yasmeen Ismail (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481477901
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 16th, 2020

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


A Family for Louie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984813213
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - June 9th, 2020

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


Nana Akua Goes to School Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525581130
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - June 16th, 2020

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


You Matter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534421691
Availability: Backordered
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2020

Tad Cover Image
By Benji Davies, Benji Davies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062563590
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Published: HarperCollins - June 9th, 2020

Unstoppable: (Family Read-Aloud book, Silly Book About Cooperation) Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Laura Park (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452165042
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 5th, 2020

A silly read-aloud that will have adult readers chuckling, too. --Elese


Spacebot Cover Image
By Mike Twohy, Mike Twohy (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534444362
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - May 19th, 2020

An odd but loveable space dog in an odd but loveable picture book.Short and silly. --ELese


When the Storm Comes Cover Image
By Linda Ashman, Taeeun Yoo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399546099
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 26th, 2020

From Chapel Hill's own Linda Ashman!


Everyone's Awake: (Read-Aloud Bedtime Book, Goodnight Book for Kids) Cover Image
By Colin Meloy, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452178059
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - March 3rd, 2020

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


How to Be a Pirate Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681197784
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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


Snail Crossing Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062878007
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

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.)


Lift Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368036924
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

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 New Kind of Wild Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525553892
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Published: Dial Books - April 21st, 2020

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


We Are Water Protectors Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203557
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

This Way, Charlie Cover Image
By Caron Levis, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419742064
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 21st, 2020

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


Bedtime Bonnet Cover Image
By Nancy Redd, Nneka Myers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984895240
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

"A celebration of Black hair, family, and culture. ... This brightly hued picture book with loads of charm will entertain and empower readers." --Kirkus Reviews


¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328557049
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Published: Versify - March 24th, 2020

A follow-up to the fantastic ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market!


My N.C. from A-Z Cover Image
By Michelle Lanier, Dare Coulter (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780865264991
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Published: North Carolina Division of Archives & History - January 15th, 2020

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!


Roy Digs Dirt (David Books) Cover Image
By David Shannon, David Shannon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338251012
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Published: The Blue Sky Press - April 7th, 2020

David Shannon, author of the No, David books, is back with the story of an earnestly naughty terrier. --Elese


Antiracist Baby Picture Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110508
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Kokila - July 14th, 2020

We Will Rock Our Classmates (Penelope #2) Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368059596
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - July 21st, 2020