february 2018 Best Picture Books

Updated Mar. 26, 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…

I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar book
#2
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.

Be Kind book
#3
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.

Made for Me book
#4
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.

A Couch for Llama book
#5
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.

No Biggy! book
#6
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.

Hey Ho, to Mars We'll Go! book
#7
Hey Ho, to Mars We'll Go!
Written by Susan Lendroth and illustrated by Bob Kolar, Susan Lendroth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

This musical mission to Mars will have young astronauts talking—and singing—about the science of space travel. Singing astronauts on a mission explore the science behind a trip to Mars, from launch to landing on the Red Planet. Set to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell," this jaunty journey follows five adorable, bobble-headed astronauts as they learn how to bathe in zero gravity, grow veggies in space, and entertain themselves on the six-month trip. This book defies gravity—text and art float free on the page, encouraging readers to turn the book sideways and upside-down. An interactive, innovative approach to interstellar fun.

How the Finch Got His Colors book
#8
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.

Surfer Dog book
#9
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.

Marigold and Daisy book
#10
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.

Pocket Rocks book
#11
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.

Young, Gifted and Black book
#12
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.

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