fall 2018 Best Picture Books

Updated Feb. 17, 2019
We Were Made for Each Other! book
#205
We Were Made for Each Other!
Written by Jiu Er and illustrated by Julie Nesrallah
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

This charming audio picture book features a collection of short illustrated texts evoking the simple pleasures that fill a day in the life of Little Sun, a fearless pig with a big heart. She's always on the lookout for challenges, big and small, and never seems to get discouraged as she embarks on all kinds of adventures with playmates Little Mouse and Miss Rabbit. A funny and endearing tale of friendship that will delight and enchant the whole family.

Peek-A-Who? book
#206
Peek-A-Who?
Written and illustrated by Elsa Mroziewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Who could be hiding behind the lift-the-flaps in this uniquely-shaped board book? Brimming with colorful art that children will want to pore over, this clever book is full of hidden animals, each making a different sound. Can you figure out who each one is? Lift the triangular flaps to see who peeks out! This beautifully designed book is sure to provide a delightfully interactive experience.

At the End of Holyrood Lane book
#207
At the End of Holyrood Lane
Written by Dimity Powell and illustrated by Nicky Johnston
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Flick is just like any other youngster. She loves to chase butterflies and jump in autumn leaves. But life at the end of Holyrood Lane is often violent and unpredictable due to the constant storms that plague her home, causing her to cringe with dread and flee whenever they strike. Visually arresting, emotionally incisive, and ultimately uplifting, this beautifully crafted picture book provides a sensitive glimpse into one aspect of domestic violence and how it can affect young lives.

The House of Lost and Found book
#208
The House of Lost and Found
Written by Martin Widmark and illustrated by Emilia Dziubak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Pixar's blockbuster UP meets Coraline in this atmospheric and emotional story.Niles lives alone in a big house full of dust and memories of the people he's lost.Then one day, the boy from next door asks Niles to look after his plant. Reluctantly, Niles takes the pot of dirt. Can he remember how to care for something?As the flower grows, Niles realizes how empty and lonely his house is and begins to care for the plant, his house and himself. By the time the little boy returns the flower has bloomed into a beautiful poppy and Niles, and his house, are filled with hope again.This feel-good picture book from bestselling Swedish children's author Martin Widmark and award-winning illustrator Emilia Dzuibak digs deep.

Violet and the Woof book
#209
Violet and the Woof
Written by Rebecca Grabill and illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

If you love stories of imagination, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Where the Wild Things Are, and Charlie and Lola—you’ll adore spending time with these two courageous siblings. “Once upon a time, a brave little girl and her brother set out on a long, long journey,” Violet tells Peter. “A journey fraught with danger and peril.” Riding their building’s elevator and traveling the hallways past apartment doors to bring soup to a sick neighbor, Violet and Peter encounter both real and imagined adventure—getting lost in the laundry room, running into a troll, and escaping scary noises in the nick of time, only to find that their poor sick neighbor looks . . . like a wolf! Clever, thought-provoking, and with an unforgettable ending, Violet and the Woof is a book that explores the power of imaginative storytelling and will have kids asking: “What’s real?”

Creatures of the Forest book
#210
Creatures of the Forest
Written and illustrated by Frank Hinks
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In the magical forest there are Globerous Ghosts, Venomous Vampires, Scary Scots and Mystic Mummies, who (like other mummies) cannot stand boys who pick their noses. The boys are in constant danger of being turned into ghostly globs, piles of dust or being exploded by very loud bagpipe music. Thankfully, Ducky Rocky is there to help them as are Racing Racoons and the incredibly brave Hero Hedgehogs.

On a un Problème Avec Lilou la Loutre book
#211
On a un Problème Avec Lilou la Loutre
Written and illustrated by Orbie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Lilou la loutre est mignonne, agile et enjouée. Le problème, c’est qu’elle aime un peu trop glisser… La seule et unique mission de cet album ? Faire rire ! Argumentaire • Un album résolument drôle, où la folie prend le dessus. • Une histoire racontée d’abord et avant tout par les illustrations, où chaque mot est choisi. • Orbie, une illustratrice aimée et reconnue, qui fait ici ses premiers pas comme auteure.

The Elephant book
#212
The Elephant
Written and illustrated by Jenni Desmond
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this, Jenni Desmond's third nonfiction children's book about one of the large, endangered animals of Earth, we join a young boy as he learns about The Elephant. From Africa to Asia, the elephant makes its home. Light on their feet, despite their great weight, these magnificent creatures appear light and graceful because they're always walking on their tip-toes. They have excellent hearing and can detect the rumblings of other elephants from six miles away. And, just like humans being right handed or left handed, elephants can be right tusked or left tusked! The recipient of the 2016 New York Times Best Illustrated award for her book The Polar Bear, Desmond creates illustrations that are scientifically accurate, strikingly detailed, and beautifully rendered in collage, paint, and colored pencil.

Frankie and the Dancing Furies book
#213
Frankie and the Dancing Furies
Written and illustrated by Frank Hinks
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Fantasy adventure set in the magical land of Ramion and Kent village of Shoreham. When the storm summoned by the witch Griselda (unwitting tool of the Princess of the Night) attacks The Old Vicarage the boys' father is carried off along with Griselda, Boris, the dwarves and the boys' mother as a child (by a cosmic freak she is blown out of a photo in the attic). They should have travelled to the Princess who wants Boris for her art collection. But the capture of the boys' father was unintended. His love of rock and roll distorts the spell and all travel to the land of the Dancing Furies where the spirit of the great rock god Jimi (Jimi Hendrix) takes possession of his body. But when he causes flowers to grow in the hair of the Dancing Furies they become once more goddesses of vengeance.

Goodnight Sandman book
#214
Goodnight Sandman
Written and illustrated by Daniela Drescher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A gentle dream-like story to scare away any child's nightmares, by bestselling illustrator."Impressively beautiful" - Midwest Book Review on In the Land of Elves "Luminous illustrations in pencil and vibrant watercolors" - Kirkus Reviews on An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm's Fairy Tales Every evening, when the sun sets and everyone else is going to bed, Jacob the Sandman wakes up and starts work.Then one night Jacob sleeps too deeply and wakes up late! He rushes to Dream Sand Hill but there, atop the pile of dream sand, is a scary Night Monster, snoring his terrible snore. Jacob the Sandman must collect the magic dream sand so that the children of the world can dream happy dreams. Fortunately, the Night Monster turns out to be not so scary after all. This beautiful bedtime tale is perfect for encouraging sweet dreams and banishing nightmares. The luminous illustrations by much-loved artist Daniela Drescher will make this a new night-time favourite.

My Little Gifts book
#215
My Little Gifts
Written by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

There are many types of gifts. You can give a big, shiny, wrapped gift on Christmas morning, but you can also give the gifts of your help or your time. You can bake a cake for your parents or share what you learned in school with your little sister. You can help a friend unravel a knotty bracelet or smile at a stranger who looks sad. With a spirit of generosity, you'll find you have many gifts to give to the world--and that giving can be even more fulfilling than receiving. Featuring a die-cut cover and interior flaps throughout, My Little Gifts celebrates the gift of giving. The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler's emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.

A Prayer for the Animals book
#216
A Prayer for the Animals
Written and illustrated by Daniel Kirk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

May all of the animals of the earth And the animals of the sky And the animals of the sea Be at peace. This lyrical picture book from bestselling author and illustrator Daniel Kirk encourages young children to be kind to all the animals of the world. Kirk's loving and hopeful verse blesses and gives warm wishes to farm animals, house pets, wild animals, and other creatures. Sure to warm the hearts of children and parents alike, this book is perfect to curl up with at bedtime.

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