Some of these could probably be on the Caldecott contenders list as well. I do admire Candlewick, and it’s interesting that three of these were published there.
The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Published by Candlewick.
Every time I finish a Mac Barnett/Jon Klassen book, I think, “That was weird.” Then I read it to kids, they love it, and suddenly, I love it too. May the bromance continue. Link to Amazon.
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall. Published by Candlewick.
The story, pictures, and message of this little book work their way into your heart. Read it next year on the first day of summer. Link to Amazon.
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Adam Rex. Published by Balzer + Bray.
Kids may not get all the humor, but you will be so busy cracking yourself up, you won’t even care. This was right behind After the Fall as my favorite picture book this year. Link to Amazon.
A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui.
Should be required reading for anyone making policy around immigration. It’s more of a read-aloud for older kids, maybe third grade and up. Link to Amazon.
Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli, illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio. Published by Chronicle.
If I could meet one fictional character from 2017, I think it might be this guy. Link to Amazon.