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february 2018 Best Picture Books

Updated Jul. 23, 2019
What Do You Do with a Chance book
#1
What Do You Do with a Chance
Written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The award-winning creators of New York Times bestsellers What Do You Do With an Idea and What do You Do With a Problem return with a story of a child who isn’t sure what to make of a chance encounter—then discovers that when you get brave, take chances, and say yes to new experiences, amazing things can happen. In this story, a child is visited by his first chance―and not being sure what to do with it, he lets it go. Later on, when a new chance arrives he reaches for it, but this time he misses and falls. Embarrassed and afraid, he begins ignoring each new chance that comes by, even though the truth was that he still wanted to take one…

Ricky, the Rock That Couldn't Roll book
#2
Ricky, the Rock That Couldn't Roll
Written by Jay Miletsky and illustrated by Erin Wozniak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Unlike the other rocks that he plays with, Ricky can't roll because he isn't round. His friends help him to overcome his challenge and find a way for him to play like everyone else.

Girl Running book
#3
Girl Running
Written by Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrated by Micha Archer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

* "A bright salutation of a story, with one determined woman at its center."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review The inspiring story of the first female to run the Boston Marathon comes to life in stunningly vivid collage illustrations. Because Bobbi Gibb is a girl, she's not allowed to run on her school's track team. But after school, no one can stop her--and she's free to run endless miles to her heart's content. She is told no yet again when she tries to enter the Boston Marathon in 1966, because the officials claim that it's a man's race and that women are just not capable of running such a long distance. So what does Bobbi do? She bravely sets out to prove the naysayers wrong and show the world just what a girl can do.

I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar book
#4
I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The very hungry caterpillar shows appreciation, and love, for all the things fathers do for their children.

When God Made Light book
#5
When God Made Light
Written by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David Catrow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the creators of the bestselling "When God Made You" comes a new illuminating message of a God-made light that cuts through darkness to bring vision and hope to all young readers. Full color.

Be Kind book
#6
Be Kind
Written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Jen Hill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A thoughtful picture book illustrating the power of small acts of kindness, from the award-winning author of Sophie's Squash.

Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime! book
#7
Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime!
Written by Lisa Mantchev and illustrated by Samantha Cotterill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Instead of fighting each other, Jinx and her little brother The Doom spend their days fighting crime, protecting the planet, defending the innocent, and taking lunch breaks.

The Joy of Easter book
#8
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.

A Couch for Llama book
#9
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.

the bee book book
#10
the bee book
Written and illustrated by Charlotte Milner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Explore the secret world of bees: how they live, how they work, how they support each other and their hive. DK's The Bee Book is a wonderful introduction to the humble honeybee: nature's hardest worker, and much more than just a provider of honey! Bees are incredibly industrious, brilliant at building, super social, and--most importantly--responsible for a third of every mouthful of food you eat!

Errol's Garden book
#11
Errol's Garden
Written and illustrated by Gillian Hibbs
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Errol loves gardening, but he doesn't have a proper garden. Although his home is full of beautiful plants, he longs for an outdoor space where he can grow things. A chance discovery leads to a solution, but Errol can't do everything on his own. Luckily, help is near at hand. A heart-warming and inclusive tale about how one small boy's dream of a garden unites a diverse community in a positive and enriching experience for everyone.

A Bear Hug at Bedtime book
#12
A Bear Hug at Bedtime
Written by Jana Novotny Hunter and illustrated by Kay Widdowson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

On my way to bed, I play with a tiger, a lobster and a bear – and lots of other creatures too. But why are they so familiar? In this celebration of imaginative play, a young child is surrounded and enriched by an extended and diverse family. Inclusive and playful, this is the ideal bedtime read.

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