april 2019 Best Picture Books

Updated Jun. 19, 2019
Babymoon book
#1
Babymoon
Written by Hayley Barrett and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

In a perfect gift for new and expectant parents (and siblings), a gentle story pays tribute to the wonder and emotion of a family's first quiet days with a newborn. The house is hushed. The lights are low. We're basking in a newborn glow. Inside the cozy house, a baby has arrived! The world is eager to meet the newcomer, but there will be time enough for that later. Right now, the family is on its babymoon: cocooning, connecting, learning, and muddling through each new concern. While the term "babymoon" is often used to refer to a parents' getaway before the birth of a child, it was originally coined by midwives to describe days like these: at home with a newborn, with the world held at bay and the wonder of a new family constellation unfolding. Paired with warm and winsome illustrations by Juana Martinez-Neal, Hayley Barrett's lyrical ode to these tender first days will resonate with new families everywhere.

Andy & Sandy And The Big Talent Show book
#2
Andy & Sandy And The Big Talent Show
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Andy and Sandy hit the stage in this fourth book of an easy-to-read picture book series about friendship—from Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Tomie dePaola and Emmy Award–winning writer for the Muppets Jim Lewis. Outgoing Sandy convinces shy Andy to do a dance at the big talent show. The only problem? Andy doesn’t know how to dance! Luckily, Sandy is a good teacher. But when showtime finally arrives, it’s Sandy who freezes up! A true friend through and through, Andy overcomes his shyness to save the performance. Let’s give a standing ovation to friendship! Written in simple words and short, declarative sentences, this book is perfect for little ones just learning to read on their own.

Sparky & Spike book
#3
Sparky & Spike
Written by Barbara Lowell and illustrated by Dan Andreasan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This charming book is a story about a boy nicknamed Sparky and his beloved dog, Spike. Spike is the most amazing dog ever. He inspires Sparky to draw. Someday, Sparky will be an artist. Based on the childhood of Charles Schulz, creator of the world-renowned Peanuts comic, and the dog who inspired the most beloved dog of all—Snoopy—this book will resonate with children everywhere. Sparky & Spike includes a biographical note, as well as archival photographs of Sparky and Spike and a letter Charles Schulz wrote to the book’s illustrator, Dan Andreasen, when Andreasen was a boy.

How to Care for Your T-Rex book
#4
How to Care for Your T-Rex
Written by Ken Baker and illustrated by Dave Coverly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

There are a few important things to know when you're taking care of your pet T-Rex: what does it like to eat? How do you brush its many teeth? And most of all, how do you show him that you care about him? Luckily, this humorously written and wonderfully illustrated picture book has the answers for wanna-be T-Rex pet owners everywhere. Follow the daily adventures of Buddy and his owner as they learn the how-to's of dinosaur care and the value of friendship.. A Christy Ottaviano Book

Indestructibles: The Itsy Bitsy Spider book
#5
Indestructibles: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Written by Maddie Frost and illustrated by Amy Pixton, Maddie Frost
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Baby's favorite book series (rip-proof, drool-proof, and nontoxic--designed for the way babies "read" with their mouths) now features one of baby's favorite songs, with all the lyrics!

Ninita's Big World book
#6
Ninita's Big World
Written by Sarah Glenn Marsh and illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"The heart-tugging true story of how YouTube star Ninita—a deaf, orphaned pygmy marmoset (the smallest type of monkey)—found family, friendship, and a forever home! Illustrated in full color. Ninita is the only known deaf pygmy marmoset in the world, but that doesn't stop her from making friends and chasing her next adventure! Abandoned by her parents and rescued by the RSCF, this tiny, curious monkey loves exploring her habitat. And when she meets Mr. Big—another pygmy marmoset—she has finally found a friend who likes to eat, climb, and play as much as she does. A YouTube celebrity, Ninita's videos have been viewed nearly 2 million times! "

The Panda Problem book
#7
The Panda Problem
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The critically adored, New York Times bestselling Deborah Underwood delights with a hilariously meta celebration of storytelling out of control. Every story needs a problem. But Panda doesn't have a problem. Unless . . . Panda is the problem. The New York Times bestselling author of Here Comes the Easter Cat and The Quiet Book loses control of the narrative in the funniest, most exuberant, most kid-delighting way in this adventurous ode to what makes a story--and what makes a story great.

Little Taco Truck book
#8
Little Taco Truck
Written and illustrated by Tanya Valentine
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Little Taco Truck loves serving workers on Union Street, but when Ms. Falafal takes his spot, then more and bigger food trucks arrive, he fears no one will want his tacos anymore.

Calm with the Very Hungry Caterpillar book
#9
Calm with the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

This beautiful little gift book featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar provides a simple, easy-to-follow journey to relaxation, perfect for children and adults. Just stop and breathe . . . How do you feel? Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a soothing story featuring classic art from the World of Eric Carle. With simple coping mechanisms and beautiful illustrations, this book is an excellent reminder to kids and adults alike to take a moment, breathe deep, and smile!

How I Learned to Fall Out of Trees book
#10
How I Learned to Fall Out of Trees
Written and illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Roger and Adelia are the very best of friends. They’ve spent many springtimes collecting birds’ nests, autumns jumping into piles of colorful leaves, and winters building snowmen. When the time comes for Adelia to move away, the two friends must say good-bye. But Adelia has one parting gift for Roger: She will teach him, once and for all, how to climb a tree. Lyrical and colorful, the narrative flips between Adelia’s instructions (“hold on tight,” “move up when you’re ready”) and her packing list (things they loved to play with, things they were supposed to throw away). By the time the moving van pulls up, Roger is ready to start his climb. But now, he’s afraid of “letting go.” In a sweet reveal, we learn that Adelia has left behind a soft landing, making sure that—for Roger—falling is the easiest part.

Indestructibles: Row, Row, Row Your Boat book
#11
Indestructibles: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Written by Maddie Frost and illustrated by Amy Pixton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Baby's favorite book series (rip-proof, drool-proof, and nontoxic--designed for the way babies "read" with their mouths) now features one of baby's favorite songs, with all the lyrics!

The Little Green Girl book
#12
The Little Green Girl
Written and illustrated by Lisa Anchin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Mr. Aster, who likes routine, is happy to care for Little Green Girl when she arrives in his garden, but not interested in helping her see the world beyond its walls.

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