february 2019 Best Picture Books

Updated Apr. 25, 2019
The Home Builders book
#61
The Home Builders
Written by Varsha Bajaj and illustrated by Simona Mulazzani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Various woodland creatures make their homes and prepare for their young.

The Happy Book book
#62
The Happy Book
Written and illustrated by Andy Rash
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the creator of ARCHIE THE DAREDEVIL PENGUIN comes the unique story of two friends who can't escape all the feels. Camper is happy as a clam and Clam is a happy camper. When you live in The Happy Book, the world is full of daisies and sunshine and friendship cakes . . . until your best friend eats the whole cake and doesn't save you one bite. Moving from happiness to sadness and everything in between, Camper and Clam have a hard time finding their way back to happy. But maybe happy isn't the goal--being a good friend is about supporting each other and feeling all the feels together. At once funny and thoughtful, The Happy Book supports social-emotional learning. It's a book to keep young readers company no matter how they're feeling!

The Sea Book book
#63
The Sea Book
Written and illustrated by Charlotte Milner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Featuring fascinating fishy facts accompanied by bright, bold, and beautiful illustrations, this book takes children on a journey through the sea and all its zones. The Sea Book explores a wealth of incredible marine animals and their habitats, from up on the ice, down to colorful coral reefs, underwater forests, and right down to the deepest darkest depths where the weird and wonderful lurk. Following on from The Bee Book, Charlotte Milner continues to highlight to children important ecological issues faced by our planet, this time with a focus on marine life and the damaging effects humans are having on our seas. Children will discover what they can do to help, and there are tips on how to live plastic-free. Children will even get to craft their own recycled shopping bag! This charming celebration of the sea shows children just how extraordinary our oceans are, and is a reminder that it is up to us to keep it that way.

Robot Activated! book
#64
Robot Activated!
Written by Belle Green and illustrated by Maruf Hasan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a train hauling teddy bears to the fair derails in the middle of a storm, it's a disaster! Who will come to their rescue? Thank goodness Rescue Robot is on the job! But the train is stuck deep in the mud. Will the task be too difficult for Rescue Robot or will his persistence pay off? Kids will love this rhyming story about not giving up on your goal. Includes bonus downloads of coloring pages and the Rescue Robot board game!

My Mom Is a Robot book
#65
My Mom Is a Robot
Written and illustrated by Manley Peterson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

My mom may look a little different, but she is just like other moms. She loves me and takes care of me. It just happens she can also compute pi to infinity. Doesn't your mom do that? A fun book for ages 3-6.

Pip and the Bamboo Path book
#66
Pip and the Bamboo Path
Written and illustrated by Jesse Hodgson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

The cute Red Panda Pip must set off on her own to find her family and friends when they get separated in the Himalayan mountains.

The Bug Girl book
#67
The Bug Girl
Written by Sarah Glenn Marsh and illustrated by Filippo Vanzo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Maria Sibylla Merian was fascinated with insects. But when Maria was a girl in the mid-1600s, superstitions about bugs prevented most people from taking a close look. People thought bugs were evil--and anyone interested in such creatures was surely evil too. That didn't stop Maria. Filled with curiosity, she began to study and paint them. She even witnessed silkworms form cocoons and transform into moths--discovering metamorphosis! Painting and drawing as she studied, Maria pushed the boundaries of what girls were expected to do, eventually gaining recognition as one of the first entomologists and scientific illustrators. This gorgeously illustrated biography celebrates a fascinating female pioneer who broke boundaries in both the arts and sciences.

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