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

Hello Lighthouse Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316362382
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2018

Lavish isn't a word we throw around lightly, but wow! A timeless book of nautical splendor that  is as imaginative and informative as it is beautiful. A real heart squeezer! Great gift for anyone who loves the sea! For 4+. -MICHELLE

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

Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship Cover Image
By David Elliott, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660741
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 12th, 2017

Two  meek  and  quiet  sheep  seeking  adventure  encounter  a  third  sheep,  but  this  one  has  a  long  snout  and  disgusting,  sharp  teeth.  Wait  a  minute,  that’s  no  sheep!  Caldecott  honor  winner  Melissa  Sweet’s  expressive  characters  and  quirky  artistic  details  add  a  charming  dimension  to  David  Elliot’s  clever  and  hilarious  story  about  unlikely  friendships. For 4+ -MICHELLE

Nobody's Duck Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544792500
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - February 6th, 2018


Silly, goofy, hilarious and sweet! Adorable Duck turns up on fussy Alligator's  lawn. “Whose  duck  are  you?” a none-too-amused  Alligator wants to know. “I'm  nobody's  duck.” In an attempt to discover who Duck belongs to – the odd couple go on some wacky adventures. If this  doesn't “quack” you up – nothing will! For 4+ -ABBE

Albert's Tree Cover Image
By Jenni Desmond, Jenni Desmond (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763696887
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 10th, 2018

Albert cannot wait to get back to his beloved tree upon waking from his long winter nap. The tree appears not to return his affection. Indeed, the tree appears to be crying – more like wailing,  really. What's to be done? A charming story of unexpected friendship. Delightful! For 3+. -Abbe

Ocean Meets Sky Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481470377
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 15th, 2018

The Fan brothers have created a magical dream world that readers will want to return to over  and over. Each spread begs the reader to pour over its details and imagine the possibilities such a  world could hold. Finn's journey to honor his grandfather is one of the best picture book journeys  I've ever been on. For 4+  -ERIN

The Antlered Ship Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481451604
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 12th, 2017

An inspiring, imaginative adventure with a classic Treasure Island vibe that will appeal to ages 4+. Lavish illustrations of ethereal seascapes and gorgeous realistic animals make this a feast for the eyes!!! -MICHELLE

Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished Cover Image
By Camille Andros, Brianne Farley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544785830
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Published: Clarion Books - March 14th, 2017

Charlotte is a serious scientist who has all the right equipment: protective glasses, a lab coat, a clipboard, and a magnifying glass. What she doesn’t have is space. She has so many brothers and sisters that she is too squished to work on her experiments! Can science solve her problem? Charlotte isa funny little bunny, and this introduction to the scientific method will inspire curious kids. Fun readingfor ages 4+! -MICHELLE

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years Cover Image
By Stacy McAnulty, David Litchfield (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250108081
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 24th, 2017

Earth, whose favorite thing to do is spin, finally gets to tell us her story. Fun and lovely illustrations accompany Earth's tale of what's been going on for the past 4.54 billions years! Fun nonfiction for 4+! -MICHELLE

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399167898
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Published: Philomel Books - November 14th, 2017

Based on the author's experience as a first-time dad, this endearing and sweet picture book is the PERFECT baby gift for new parents. With his signature wit and imaginative illustrations, Jeffers  shows us what is importantin life: kindness, tolerance and caring for each other and our planet. For 0+ -ABBE