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february 2019 Best Picture Books

Lost Book book
#49
Lost Book
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A rabbit who prefers real-life adventures to stories finds a lost book that takes him on an exciting journey in this charming picture book about the power of tales to inspire children and bring them together. Everyone in Rabbit Town loves to read. Well, everyone except for Henry, who would much prefer to play outside. Then Henry finds a lost book, and when he tries to track down the owner, he stumbles into the human world. There, the adults are all absorbed in their phones and tablets, and everyone ignores Henry until he befriends a young girl. They have so much fun together that Henry gives her the lost book, knowing it will be in good hands. Henry learns that books can contain adventures all their own, and when he returns to Rabbit Town, for the first time it is Henry who tells the bedtime story.

This Is NOT a Dragon Party book
#50
This Is NOT a Dragon Party
Written by Mike Flaherty and illustrated by Maxime Lebrun
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

You’re invited to the most amazing birthday bash, complete with dragons, knights, and ogres! Think it sounds awesome? It IS! What happens when your birthday celebration includes a crazy dragon pool party, an all-knight karaoke festival, AND a tea and crumpets rumpus with ogres? You may think that sounds awesome, but the birthday girl does NOT—until she chases away her unruly guests and realizes everything is . . . boring. Can she manage to get her party started again? This antic picture book is pure, unbridled joy.

Pony Poems For Little Pony Lovers book
#51
Pony Poems For Little Pony Lovers
Written by Cari Meister and illustrated by Sara Rhys
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Celebrate all things horsey with this sweet collection of poems that’s perfect for the little equestrian in your life. Calling all pony lovers! This poetry collection, chock full of horses, is sure to delight young readers, whether they dream of being a cowgirl or a knight, becoming an equestrian, or simply making a pony friend of their own. These short, rhyming poems are perfect for read-aloud sharing.

What If? book
#52
What If?
Written and illustrated by Sandra Magsamen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

You see, being different is special and can give your spirit a lift! Being different is beautiful and magnificent. It's what makes life a gift! We are all one of a kind. Just show the world who you are -let your you-ness shine! With a warm, inspiring message, this book will give children courage to embrace their individuality and accept others for who they are.

Little Rabbit book
#53
Little Rabbit
Written and illustrated by Nicola Killen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From beloved author/illustrator Nicola Killen comes an enchanting spring story about a magical friendship between a little girl and her stuffed rabbit who comes to life, lovingly told and illustrated in limited color with lovely foil and interactive die cut pages. Ollie and her favorite friend bunny have been waiting for the rain to stop and spring to come, and at long last the sun arrives. Ollie puts on her rain boots, wraps bunny in a warm scarf, and the two set off for exploring. Then a sudden breeze whispers past and bunny’s nose twitches and their magical adventure begins… The Little Rabbit is sure to enchant and charm young readers and is great for sharing with a friend.

  1. Good Boy - A boy and a dog embark on an out-of-this-world adventure in this whimsical picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Sergio Ruzzier. This is the story of a boy and his dog. Or is it a dog and his boy? Either way, it’s a playful story of friendship and adventure!

  2. On the Playground - On the Playground: Our First Talk About Prejudice focuses on introducing children to the complex topic of prejudice. Crafted around a narrative between a gradeschool-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book will help children shape their understanding of diversity so they are better prepared to understand, and question, prejudice witnessed around them in their day-to-day lives and in the media. Dr. Jillian Roberts discusses types of discrimination children notice, what prejudice means, why it’s not okay, how to stand up against it and how kids can spread a message of inclusion and acceptance in the world around them.

  3. Fear The Bunny - Bunnies—not tigers—rule the forest in this adorable take on William Blake’s classic poem. Bunnies, bunnies, burning bright In the forests of the night— Wait, bunnies?! Yes, bunnies. Tigers may be the most feared animal in some forests, but in this one, they fear the bunny. One hapless tiger finds this idea preposterous—what are they going to do? Nibble on his tail? Bop him on the head? Cute him to death? Fear the bunny—HA! Make no mistake, though: Richard Morris’ reimagining of William Blake’s famous poem turns the tables, and teaches one testy tiger a little rabbit-respect!

  4. Peeping Beauty - Mama, Papa, and their little family can’t wait for their newest chicks to arrive. But one little chick just doesn’t want to break out of its shell in this sweet spin on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty. Peep peep! Mama and Papa can’t wait for their new little chicks to arrive. With a quiver, A shiver, A crackle, and a peep! Two of the chicks hatch! But the third egg? It’s in no hurry to get cracking. With the help of his siblings and his mama’s love, will this little chick find its way out into his big, new world?

Dolphins!: Strange and Wonderful book
#58
Dolphins!: Strange and Wonderful
Written by Laurence Pringle and illustrated by Meryl Henderson, Laurence Pringle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-10

The latest installment in the popular Strange and Wonderful series is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to dolphin species from all over the globe. Filled with fascinating facts and detailed, illuminating artwork, this nonfiction picture book acquaints young readers with dolphin species from around the world—from the well-known bottlenose dolphin to the several species of “blackfish” (including orcas) that most people believe are whales. Author Laurence Pringle’s clear, informative text describes dolphins’ habitats, physiology, communication, intelligence, parenting, eating habits, and much more. The book also discusses conservation and how dolphins can be protected from hunting, pollution, and other threats. Accompanied by Meryl Henderson’s beautiful paintings, this is a perfect STEM title and a great choice for children interested in marine life. The book includes a glossary, index, and further resources.

Bedtime for Beasties book
#59
Bedtime for Beasties
Written by Leslie Staub and illustrated by Jia Liu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

For any child who has trouble going to sleep, here is a funny, imaginative, and ultimately empowering bedtime book about a girl who takes control of her nightmare and shows a group of monsters that she's the boss of her dreams. In this creative bedtime book, a girl finds herself in a nightmare filled with snarling "beasties." By her side is a little T-Rex named Ben, a stuffed animal who comes alive in her dreams. When she realizes that she's in the middle of a bad dream, the plucky main character uses problem-solving and quick thinking to take control of the nightmare. She turns the tables on the beasties--asserting that she is the boss and directing the ultimately harmless monsters in a silly movie before reading them a story and tucking them in so they can all--finally--get a decent night's sleep.

Everybunny Dream! book
#60
Everybunny Dream!
Written and illustrated by Ellie Sandall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s time for bed! Bunnies and foxes cozy up after a busy day in this fun, colorful picture book that is perfect for bedtime from the author of Everybunny Count! and Everybunny Dance! Cuddle up And snuggle tight, And close your eyes, And say goodnight. It’s time for the bunnies to brush their teeth, clean their paws, and comb their tail. And before they fall asleep, they’ll have time to curl up for one last hug, and one last story shared with some unexpected friends. Everybunny is welcome to join in this bright and cheery bedtime tale before dozing off into sweet dreams.

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