This is my last set of favorite picture books, I promise! I don’t know that any of these will win awards, but they have a lot of kid appeal, which sometimes counts for as much or more, in my opinion.
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
Pretty sure this the first time an earthworm has ever made any kind of “best of” list on this blog. I loved Carl’s twin messages of being your best self and taking care of the Earth.
Published by Margaret Ferguson Books
I do enjoy a good wordless picture book. This one is imaginative, yet still easy to understand. And it has aliens. I’ve had this one in my mock Caldecott election, so don’t count it out for an award.
Published by Greenwillow Books
I didn’t find many great new holiday books this year, but I love this cozy winter tale about friendship and the dangers of rushing to judgement on a person (or animal).
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Truman the turtle may be my favorite character of 2019. Keep this book in mind next August when the first day of school rolls around again. Another one that was in my mock Caldecott activity.
Published by Little, Brown Books
I can’t entirely disagree with Amazon reviewers who felt this missed the mark on delivering the “right”message to kids. But come on, it’s hilarious, and we all know that person who can’t admit they’re wrong. The cover alone probably has more kid appeal than the other four put together.