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

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

Home

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

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

Look by Jeff Mack

Interstellar Cinderella

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Meg Hunt

Forget Chocolate. . . Give a Book

SuperloveWho Wants HugHug MachineStormy NightHow to Grow FriendI Love Dogs

Today I purchased a book to give ML for Valentine’s Day.  Last year, I gave her chocolate.  Guess who ate most of it?  At the bookstore recently, ML saw a new Geronimo Stilton book.  She asked, “Will you buy it for my birthday?”  Her birthday isn’t until October.  I wish I had a red valentine chocolate box to put it in.  That would make ML laugh.

Below are some new picture books about love.  Perfect for the huggable child in your life.

Superlove by Charise Mericle Harper and illustrated by Mark Chambers – Most girls dream of being a flower girl.  ML did.  The young girl in this book has a plan; but Pinky her cat has other plans.  Who will come to the rescue?  A delightful story highlighting imagination and loving families.

Who Wants a Hug? by Jeff Mack – Bear loves to give hugs and is always asking skunk if he wants a hug.  Skunk refuses time and again.  Bear perseveres.  Will skunk finally give in?  Adorable, animated illustrations fill this book.

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell – No thing is too small or big to receive a hug from Hug Machine.  A perfect read with my favorite hugger in the world. . . ML

Stormy Night by Salina Yoon – As a child, I was petifried whenever there was a thunderstorm.  This sweet, loving book is a perfect read for children like me.

How to Grow a Friend by Sara Gillingham – Other than one’s family, the greatest love in childrens’ lives is friends.  Read it.  Then, read it again to see if you can find the cute little bird that graces each page spread.

I Love Dogs by Sue Stainton and illustrated by Bob Staake – What kind of dogs do you love?  Lazy or Crazy? Spotty or Dotty? Prowling or Howling?  Use this book to help children love adjectives.

Now for the unveiling of the Geronimo Stilton book ML is receiving February 14th.

Geronimo Stilton

 

A Three Word Book

ah ha

Last week, ML bragged, “I read an entire Rainbow Magic chapter book today.” I was both impressed and sad. I feared she might start telling me picture books were babyish. Thankfully, even books with the simplest text still appeal to her.

She was immediately hooked on the book AH HA! by Jeff Mack. There are only three words in this book Ah, ha, and aaah. Those three words and Mack’s brightly colored illustrations create a robust story. The facial expressions on the animals tell it all.

Another great book for both preschool and elementary-aged children. Other books illustrated by Jeff Mack are story time hits – Mr. Duck Means Business by Tammi Sauer, Hurry Hurry by Eve Bunting, Starry Safari by Linda Ashman and Rub-a-Dub Sub by Linda Ashman. For a few weeks when ML was four, the only book she wanted me to read was Starry Safari. She particularly loved the illustration on the last page of the book.

starry safari