2017 Top Picture Books

After the Fall by Dad Santat

After the Fall by Dan Santat

A traditional tale retold into something very special.

 

All Ears, All Eyes by Richard Jackson

All Ears, All Eyes by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Katherine Tillotson

A brilliant book to share aloud, this picture book is wild and free.

All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle

 

All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Mike Curato

Engle’s skill with writing fills the page with the richness of Cuba and its cars.

Along the River by Vanina Starkoff

 

Along the River by Vanina Starkoff

An import from Brazil, this book has a low key vibe that is full of laid back joy.

Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins

 

Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins

This is a natural read aloud that will be a wild one to share with a preschool group. Brace yourself for lots of laughs.

Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper

 

Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper

Simple and insightful, this book is solid and true.

Blue Sky, White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus

Blue Sky, White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Awe inspiring, patriotic and grand, this picture book is superb.

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

Creative, inviting and a gorgeous book to explore, this picture book will have everyone trying art even if they make mistakes.

 

Crown An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

…exceptional, a book that belongs in every public library in every community.

 

A Different Pond by Bao Phi

A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui

Told with grace and strength, this picture book is wondrous.

Home in the Rain by Bob Graham

Home in the Rain by Bob Graham

A special book that looks at those delicate moments before the birth of a new baby, this picture book celebrates family and storms.

little-fox-in-the-forest-by-stephanie-graegin

Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin

This genre bending graphic-novel picture book is beautiful, rich and worthy of journeying through time and again.

Little Wolf's First Howling by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Little Wolf’s First Howling by Laura McGee Kvasnosky, illustrated by Kate Harvey McGee

 

Mama Lion Wins the Race by Jon J Muth

Mama Lion Wins the Race by Jon J. Muth

A truly special picture book, this one is for those kids who love racing and those who love toys and those who love a great read.

My Pictures After the Storm by Éric Veillé

My Pictures After the Storm by Éric Veillé

Much more than a concept book, this is a funny and wry look at the chaos of life before and after.

Now by Antoinette Portis

Now by Antoinette Portis

Perfect for those of us who love the book we are reading right now most of all, this picture book is about simple pleasures and enjoying the current moment fully.

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna

A great book to read and then set off on outdoor adventures together on a rainy day.

The Only Fish in the Sea by Philip C. Stead

 

The Only Fish in the Sea by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Matthew Cordell

A wet and rainy riot of a picture book that is sure to make even the dampest child smile.

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy

 

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Strong, vital and important, this picture book is a great pick to read aloud and discuss.

Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani

Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani

A winning cat-filled counting book.

This House Once by Deborah Freedman

This House, Once by Deborah Freedman

 

Tony by Ed Galing

Tony by Ed Galing, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

A lovely poetic picture book that slows you down to another time and place.

Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz

Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith

Even as the book shows a richness of a well-spent childhood, it is overshadowed by the presence of the coal mine in the boy’s life and how it impacted his family and his father in particular.

The Treasure Box by Margaret Wild

The Treasure Box by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Freya Blackwood

A war-torn book that speaks to the power of history and knowledge along with resistance and resilience.

 

When_s My Birthday by Julie Fogliano

When’s My Birthday by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Fogliano uses rhythm and internal rhymes to give the book a fast paced structure that almost sings. It is quick and funny and infectious.

 

Why Am I Me by Paige Britt

Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Aiko

This picture book is a great way to start a discussion with a class or single child. Perfect for public libraries in search for diverse picture books that invite children to think deeply about the subject.

Windows by Julia Denos

 

Windows by Julia Denos

There is a lovely quiet to this book, a pleasure in being outside at sunset, the sky lit with colors as the buildings turn dark with windows alight.

wolf-in-the-snow-by-matthew-cordell

 

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

A beautiful look at nature and wolves and the way that kindness can build bridges without words.

The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse by Mac Barnett

The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

The story has a mix of fun and fate that will have readers guessing right up until the end.

Yo Soy, Muslim by Mark Gonzales

Yo Soy, Muslim: A Father’s Letter to His Daughter by Mark Gonzales, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

 

A great diverse picture book for all libraries.

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