december 2018 Best Picture Books

Updated Jun. 25, 2019
I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home book
#1
I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home
Written by Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrated by Kristyna Litten
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

I will love you till the cows come home from a trip to Mars through skies unknown in a rocket ship made of glass and stone. I will love you till the cows come home. Love knows no bounds in this lyrical, gentle lullaby, a tender tribute to the depths of family love. Filled with warm, funny art, I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home is a perfect read-aloud for curling up with your little one at the end of the day . . . or anytime you want to express just how much you love them.

Love, Z book
#2
Love, Z
Written and illustrated by Jessie Sima
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes the story of a young robot trying to find the meaning of “love.” When a small robot named Z discovers a message in a bottle signed “Love, Beatrice,” they decide to find out what “love” means. Unable to get an answer from the other robots, they leave to embark on an adventure that will lead them to Beatrice—and back home again, where love was hiding all along.

I Loathe You book
#3
I Loathe You
Written and illustrated by David Slonim
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Unconditional loathing is disguised as monsterly love in this sweetly humorous picture book from acclaimed author-illustrator David Slonim. Just how much does Big Monster loathe Little Monster? Let it count the ways… I loathe you more than tooth decay More than blizzard snow in May More than garbage in a dump More than splinters in my rump No matter what, through thick and thin, I loathe you there and back again! Author and illustrator David Slonim depicts a tender, tongue-in-cheek celebration of a very special kind of loathe…er, love.

How Do I Love Thee? book
#4
How Do I Love Thee?
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A gorgeous reinvention of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's famous "Sonnet 43" from the bestselling author of the BabyLit board books and the acclaimed illustrator of Over and Under the Snow. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Whether in soft sunlight or rain-drizzled night or winter's frost-etched breath, three children share the love and joy of friendship while exploring the wonders of nature. Bestselling author Jennifer Adams has reimagined Elizabeth Barrett Browning's beloved "Sonnet 43," best known by its opening lines, creating a lyrical, evocative ode to the love of family and friends. Christopher Silas Neal brings the poetry to life with his beautiful, imaginative, and whimsical illustrations.

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters book
#5
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Written and illustrated by John Steptoe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Mufaro was a happy man. Everyone agreed that his two daughters were very beautiful. Nyasha was kind and considerate as well as beautiful, but everyone -- except Mufaro -- knew that Manyara was selfish, badtempered, and spoiled. When the king decided to take a wife and invited "The Most Worthy and Beautiful Daughters in the Land" to appear before him, Mufaro declared proudly that only the king could choose between Nyasha and Manyara. Manyara, of course, didn't agree, and set out to make certain that she would be chosen. John Steptoe has created a memorable modem fable of pride going before a fall, in keeping with the moral of the folktale that was his inspiration. He has illustrated it with stunning paintings that glow with the beauty, warmth, and internal vision of the land and people of his ancestors.

Little Owl's Snow book
#6
Little Owl's Snow
Written and illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Little Owl experiences his first snow and first winter in this perfect follow-up to Little Owl’s Night and Little Owl’s Day! “Winter’s almost here!” says Little Owl, as he observes leaves falling, animal friends hibernating, and a chill from his feathers to his feet. And just as he and his friend racoon are watching their breath make fog in the cold air, it happens: Snow! Here is the perfect follow-up to Little Owl’s Night and Little Owl’s Day, and a wonderful introduction to the changing of the seasons!

Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug book
#7
Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the World of Eric Carle comes a brand-new book starring the Grouchy Ladybug, a favorite character for over 40 years! Perfect for fans of Love from the Hungry Caterpillar, this reminds us that that hugs and kisses truly make the world go 'round and that we all need love, even when we’re grouchy! With Eric Carle’s signature bright collage illustrations featuring an array of charming animals, this is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, or any time you want to share love with someone special. With its universal message of friendship, this little gift book is perfect for all ages! Hugs and kisses for the grouchy ladybug will make you smile, clap, and jump for joy!

Pinocchio book
#8
Pinocchio
Written by Carlo Collodi and illustrated by Quentin Greban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Perhaps the most popular and beloved children’s story of all time, Pinocchio tells the story of a wooden puppet that longs to become a real boy.

Make a Wish, Henry Bear book
#9
Make a Wish, Henry Bear
Written and illustrated by Liam Francis Walsh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Henry Bear has very unusual parents. They encourage him to stay up all night, eat chocolate cake at every meal, and get into trouble with his teacher. Why? Find out in this droll tale about making wishes with unanticipated consequences written and illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Liam Francis Walsh, author of Fish, which Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review, called "full-bodied" and "rewarding."

Tractor Mac Family Reunion book
#10
Tractor Mac Family Reunion
Written and illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Tractor Mac loves that he is the only tractor in his farm family. Then one day, his friend Iron Dave the train brings him to a tractor dealership and shows him a whole lot full of big red tractors that look just like him. Are these tractors his real family? Tractor Mac is excited to find a place with so many familiar faces, but sad that he might have to leave the farm to be with them. Then all of the big red tractors in the lot help him to understand that his real home is with the family he's found with the animals and machines on Stony Meadow Farm.

Bad Dog, Macy! book
#11
Bad Dog, Macy!
Written by Wenjun Qin and illustrated by Yinzhi Qin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Macy hasn't been a good dog, and it seems as if his mommy has abandoned him in an unfamiliar place! Luckily, Macy meets two other abandoned doggy friends, who keep him company. This is a funny story that will keep children entertained, as they wonder whether Macy and his friends have really been abandoned. What appears to be a sad tale quickly transforms into one about getting pampered and fresh haircuts!

Love Is Walking Hand in Hand book
#12
Love Is Walking Hand in Hand
Written and illustrated by Charles M Schulz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

A reissue of the classic gift book that defines love through the simple acts and moments of everyday life with Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. This classic gift book was originally published in 1965 and is being reissued in its original format. Its timeless description of love and friendship is as important now as it was when the book was first published. It is the perfect gift for Valentine's Day or any day that you want to remind someone how much they mean to you.

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