Five Star Picture Books 2015

It’s that time of year when the “Best of” lists are being published.  The following books received five stars from me on Goodreads, which isn’t easy to do.   I’ve read 499 picture books this year; most which were published this year.  Only fifteen received 5 stars.


Whale in Swimming Pool

The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan


Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper


Home by Carson Ellis

If You Plant a Seed

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

Simons New Bed

Simon’s New Bed by Christian Trimmer and illustrated by Melissa van der Paardt


Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Where's Walrus

Where’s Walrus?  And Penguin? by Stephen Savage

Lizard from Park

Lizard from the Park by Mark Pett

Dog Wearing Shoes

A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Ko

Everybody Sleeps

Everybody Sleeps (but not Fred) by Josh Schneider

How to Share with Bear

How to Share With a Bear by Eric Pinder and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street by  Matt de La Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Beep Beep Go to Sleep

Beep, Beep, Go To Sleep by Todd Tarpley and illustrated by John Rocco


Look by Jeff Mack

Interstellar Cinderella

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Meg Hunt

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

If You Plant a Seed

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson is exquisite and motivating.  This weekend, we’ll make a special trip to the garden store to pick up seeds.  After this harsh winter, we’re looking forward to digging in the dirt.

Kadir Nelson’s illustrations are stunning.  Don’t miss the page without any words and 5 birds.  Their expressions are priceless.  My coworker claims, “It makes me think about what my teenagers look like when I ask them to do something.”  Sadly, they look a little like the look ML gave me last night after she said, “Don’t talk to me.”  She’s only eight, I’m not ready for teenage looks.