february 2018 Best Picture Books

Updated Jan. 18, 2019
A Couch for Llama book
#1
A Couch for Llama
Written and illustrated by Leah Gilbert
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When the Lago family's new couch accidentally falls off their car, it's found by Llama, who discovers how much fun a couch can be.

On Our Street book
#2
On Our Street
Written by Jillian Roberts, Jaime Casap and illustrated by Jane Heinrichs
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A gentle introduction to the issue of poverty, On Our Street explores the realities of people living with inadequate resources. Using age-appropriate language, this book addresses mental illness, homelessness and refugee status as they are connected to this issue. Insightful quotes from individuals and organizations such as unicef are included to add further perspective on the issue. A section on how kids can help empowers readers to take what they have learned and use it to make a difference. Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts created this series to guide parents/caregivers through conversations about difficult issues in a reassuring and hopeful manner and help children understand their expanding awareness of the world around them.

Surfer Dog book
#3
Surfer Dog
Written by Eric Walters and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What is the true meaning of friendship? Follow along as a boy meets up with his friend—a dog who faithfully waits for him every day so they can ride out to the beach together to surf. The boy doesn't own the dog and he doesn't know who does, but their daily routine has created a special bond. Award-winning author Eric Walters navigates the waters of a unique friendship alongside the vibrant illustrations of Eugenie Fernandes, who brings the bumpy roads, rugged beach paths and rolling waves of the tropics to life.

No Biggy! book
#4
No Biggy!
Written and illustrated by Elycia Rubin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The empowering book sweeping the nation that's helping kids and parents successfully manage frustration. Getting frustrated is a part of life! And, whether Kiki is working on squeezing toothpaste right onto her toothbrush, getting the zipper to slide all the way up her jacket, or spreading cream cheese on a bagel, she learns to take a deep breath, say "No Biggy!," and try again—after all, things don't always go exactly as expected on the first try! Kiki even teaches her mom and ad a thing or two—yes, grown-ups get frustrated, too! Bright and encouraging illustrations picture Kiki throughout her day, right up to her big bedtime bubble bath. Filled with love and positivity, No Biggy! is certain to become the go-to, favorite saying in your home.

Marigold and Daisy book
#5
Marigold and Daisy
Written by Andrea Zuill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Although Marigold is excited to meet her new snail sister, Daisy, she becomes envious of the attention everyone gives her, but when Marigold reaches her breaking point and decides to run away, she discovers that Daisy may come in handy after all.

I Love You, Bunny book
#6
I Love You, Bunny
Written and illustrated by Alina Surnaite
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Sometimes Suzie gets scared in the night, but Bunny White is always there to look after for her. One night, a strange shadow creeps into the room, and Bunny White is nowhere to be found. I Love You, Bunny is a beautiful debut about overcoming being afraid of the dark, illustrated in a classic, nostalgic style. The heartwarming story is perfect for before bed reading, and Alina Surnaite displays a rare drawing talent reminiscent of Shirley Hughes and Martin Waddell.

Young, Gifted and Black book
#7
Young, Gifted and Black
Written by Jamia Wilson and illustrated by Andrea Pippins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Meet 52 icons of color from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement - from figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, to cultural trailblazers and sporting heroes, including Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams. Strong, courageous, talented and diverse, these extraordinary men and women's achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream … whatever it may be.

Pocket Rocks book
#8
Pocket Rocks
Written by Sheree Fitch and illustrated by Helen Flook
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this picture book, a young boy with learning difficulties finds solace in the rocks he collects. and endearing illustrations. In rhyming text that winds like a creek through a farmer’s field, the book takes readers on a journey through one lovely day in Buttercup’s life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or on the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world, reminding us all to be grateful for life’s simple pleasures. As a child, Carolyn Beck spent her summers in fields and meadows. Now she spends as much time as she can at her cottage in the Muskokas. This is the second book she has worked on with her sister, Andrea. Carolyn lives in Toronto, Ontario. Andrea Beck, creator of the Elliot Moose series, loves animals. She had a beagle named Toby, whose black spots reminded her of the patches on a cow. She wishes all cows lived Buttercup’s life. Andrea lives in Unionville, Ontario. She worked on this book using acrylic paint on watercolor paper. For more information, visit www.andreabeck.com. Keywords: rhyming, humor, cows, farm Pocket Rocks Sheree Fitch Illustrated by Helen Flook A pocket full of rocks helps Ian Goobie keep his feet on the ground. No matter how hard he tries, even with the help of his classroom aide, Ian Goobie can’t do the things that the other children in his class can do. Every day he dreads going to school. Then he finds a rock, a rock that touches all his senses and whisks him away into a whole other world. From then on, as long as he has a rock in his pocket, Ian Goobie can manage his daily challenges. That is, until Ian has to face his biggest challenge yet.

Made for Me book
#9
Made for Me
Written by Zack Bush and illustrated by Gregorio De Lauretis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Of all the children that ever could be, You are the one made just for me. From a child's first uttered "Dada" to his or her first unsteady steps, nothing can adequately convey the joy and awe of watching the birth and growth of a new child. Filled with adorable illustrations and the refrain, "You are the one made just for me," Made for Me is a winning presentation of tender moments that tie a father and his new child together--forever.

How the Finch Got His Colors book
#10
How the Finch Got His Colors
Written by Annemarie Guertin and illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Many years ago, before the world bloomed in magnificent colors, the Earth lay stark and gray. The animals that graced its skies and roamed its lands were the colors of dirt, clay, and stone . . . . . . until Rainbow descended to bestow her colors on the creatures of the world. Each bird asked for a bright and beautiful color: green for Parrot, red for Cardinal, and yellow for Canary. But will there be any colors left for little Gouldian Finch? He soon learns the power of patience and the beauty of all creatures. Based on a Belgian folktale, this beautifully told and illustrated tale is a timeless treasure for every collection.

The Joy of Easter book
#11
The Joy of Easter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Celebrate the joy of Easter with Precious Moments! This delightful picture book captures all the fun and excitement of Easter, from finding Easter eggs and the basket, to eating yummy treats and celebrating with the family! With its touching message, [this book] will help young readers discover the magic and blessings of the Easter season.

The Boy and the Blue Moon book
#12
The Boy and the Blue Moon
Written by Sarah O'Leary and illustrated by Ashley Crowley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On the night of a blue moon, a boy and his cat set out for a walk and find themselves on a magical adventure. Together they travel through fields of flowers, forests of towering trees, and lakes of deep dark blue. Flying through starry blue skies, they reach the blue moon. But the blue planet, Earth, calls the explorers home. Safely back in bed, the boy wonders—was it only a dream? - GODWIN BOOKS -

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