Picture Book Recommendations

We see hundreds of new picture books every year.  Here are some of our favorites, including some classics!  For our younger readers, the artwork is so important in making a book into a permanent friend.

Read the Book, Lemmings! Cover Image
By Ame Dyckman, Zachariah Ohora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316343480
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 7th, 2017

Guaranteed giggles! Clever illustrations, Captain PB (polar bear, not peanut butter), a literary fox, and three very silly lemmings. Perfect for all storytimes, with opportunities to do character voices. It also imparts the importance of learning how to read without being didactic. My favorite picture book of the year! Ages 4+ --Broche

The World Shines for You (Shine Bright Book) Cover Image
By Jeffrey Burton, Don Clark (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481496322
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Published: Little Simon - September 5th, 2017

Gorgeous illustrations pop with foil pieces that highlight the words of this simple book, perfect for even the youngest reader. The sweetly lyrical text leads the reader from one - a tree - to many - the forest - and beyond, with each turn of the page showing more and more complex scenes through fall, winter, spring, summer, country, city, morning, and night, until we reach the end where the whole world is shining. I immediately wanted to read it again. -Broche

We Are Brothers, We Are Friends Cover Image
By Alexandra Penfold, Eda Kaban (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374302016
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - February 28th, 2017

Simple text and lively illustrations highlight the message that a new brother is a treasure - a lifelong friend ready for all the help and togetherness a big brother can give.  A wonderful alternative to all of the "babies are a bother" books so common for siblings. Ages 2+.  - Cindy

Take Your Time: A Tale of Harriet, the Galapagos Tortoise Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805095210
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - April 11th, 2017

The whimsical joy on Harriet's face is a reflection of her inner understanding that each day and every journey should be savored for what is encountered along the way.  In spite of urgings to move quickly and get to her destination in record time, Harriet takes her time, relishing each moment.  A delightfully illustrated nature tale for children and a reminder for all that life in the slow lane is where you get the best view. - Cindy


This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452150185
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 2nd, 2017

  A timely and contemporary resource which provides a glimpse into the daily lives of kids in seven countries in our world.  The focus on key elements of a child's day - home, family, meals, school, and hobbies - along with colorful illustrations and an excellent glossary of terms and foods makes this a perfect choice for children with a curiosity about life around the globe.  Ages 5+  - Cindy

The Water Princess Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399172588
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

 The simple yet poignant text and powerful earth-toned illustrations create a book that literally made me feel the thirst of the young African girl who craves clean water for her family and village.  I could not stop looking at the many faces of Princess Gie Gie; faces of fatigue, of anger, of celebration, and of hope. Based on the experiences of Burkina Faso model, Georgie Badiel, The Water Princess is a heart-felt story of the yearning for the simple joy of clean water, a resource many of us take for granted.  Perfect for readers 3 and up.  - Cindy

Bad Kitty Scaredy-Cat Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596439788
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 9th, 2016

Bad Kitty returns in a fabulous 'throwback' to the original – with four fun, wild, imaginative tours through the alphabet. The setting may be Halloween, but this Bad Kitty can be enjoyed anytime. No type of monster, no kind of candy escapes her notice.   And yes, Puppy just may get the last laugh. Great fun, as always, for ages 4+. - Rosemary

Before Morning Cover Image
By Joyce Sidman, Beth Krommes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547979175
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2016

Who hasn’t wished for an overnight snowfall that transforms the next day? A minimal, pitch-perfect text is magnificently illustrated in scratchboard and watercolor. From endpaper to endpaper the entire city and surroundings gradually change shape and color as the snow falls. A little girl and her family revel in the unexpected, but welcome diversion, and there are many charming and amusing details in the art for readers to discover and follow. A quiet, but brilliant gem to share with everyone. For ages 3+.  - Carol


Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes Cover Image
By Elizabeth Hammill (Editor), Various (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763677299
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 10th, 2015

Enchanting, comprehensive, surprising and glorious. I would use these words to describe this new collection of nursery rhymes. Familiar as well as fresh new verses from around the world are magnificently illustrated by more than 70 artists. Each page is a delight for the ear and eye, making the book a true treasury for every household, and the perfect baby gift. All ages - Carol

Vincent Paints His House Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823432103
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Published: Holiday House - July 1st, 2015

Vincent Van Gogh's house needs painting. Various creatures, living on the property, express their opinions on the color choice. Read during a story time this book was a child and parent favorite.   Audience members enjoyed the repetition of words and chanted them as a spider, caterpillar, beetle, bird, butterfly, snake, mouse and bat promoted their favorite color as an option.   Also appreciated were Arnold's illustrations and identifications of different shades of colors in labeled paint tubes. A surprise ending features Van Gogh's painting style. For ages 3 - 6. - Linda

Good Morning to Me! Cover Image
By Lita Judge, Lita Judge (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481403696
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2015

Beatrix the parrot is nothing if not exuberant.  Poor Mouse is kept busy saving his friend from her well-intentioned misadventures.  We should all have such a loyal and resourceful friend - love the fishbowl rescue! Zany fun for ages 3+. - Rosemary

Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375869181
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - March 11th, 2014

Award-winning and popular author Lloyd-Jones has written this tale about a naïvely optimistic fish. Miss Doreen Randolph-Potts is an “Ample Roundy Fish” who luckily escapes danger while she swims upstream to visit family. Doreen's misconceptions of peril and her worry free language exhibit a wonderful example of positive behavior in the face of adversity. Charming water color illustrations enhance the story. Ages 4 - 8 - Linda


Baby Penguins Love Their Mama! Cover Image
By Melissa Guion, Melissa Guion (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399163654
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Published: Philomel Books - January 2nd, 2014

Mama penguin is busy six days a week teaching her huddle of babies how to swim, waddle, preen, squawk and more in this second picture book featuring this cute colony. I smile at Guion's use of just the right amount of language plus her playful watercolor illustrations to tell the story. This is a delightful book for Valentine's, Mother's Day or any day you want to celebrate the love between mother and child. Ages 2 - 5. - Linda

Sophie's Squash Cover Image
By Pat Zietlow Miller, Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780307978967
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - August 6th, 2013

A very sweet story about an unusual friendship between a little girl, Sophie, and a squash!  After a trip to the farmer's market with her parents, Sophie is horrified by the fact that her mother plans on using the squash, or as Sophie refers to it, "Bernice", for dinner! A delightful tale of love, nurturing, and regeneration.   Ages 4 and up. - Lisa

Penguin on Vacation Cover Image
By Salina Yoon, Salina Yoon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780802733979
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Published: Walker Childrens - April 16th, 2013

HOORAY, adorable Penguin from Penguin and Pinecone is back. This cute and endearing penguin easily makes and keeps friends. On a vacation to the beach he attracts Crab, who afterward follows him home to the Arctic for more together time. This sweet and simple story of friendship plus Yoon's delightful illustrations make this a delightful book for young children. ges 2 - 5.  - Linda