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february 2019 Best Picture Books

Dollop and Mrs. Fabulous book
#61
Dollop and Mrs. Fabulous
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Sattler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Make way for bunny Dollop and her sister, Lily (otherwise known as Mrs. Fabulous), in this rib-tickling sibling story by the popular creator of Chick ‘N’ Pug.

The Babysitter from Another Planet book
#62
The Babysitter from Another Planet
Written and illustrated by Stephen Savage
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The kids are in for a treat when their parents leave them with a babysitter who is truly out of this world--an alien! When their parents go out for the evening, a brother and sister are left with a babysitter unlike any they've ever had before--an alien from another planet! But even though she seems a little strange, the kids quickly see that this babysitter can make anything fun...even brushing their teeth and doing their homework. This story is literally E.T. meets Mary Poppins, and as soon as the Babysitter from Another Planet is gone, the kids can't wait for her to come back again. With references to everything from '50s Science Fiction movies (sure to produce a chuckle from knowing parents) to ET, bestselling author Stephen Savage has produced a visual and verbal tour de force that will have kids begging for more.

Saves the World! book
#63
Saves the World!
Written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The irresistible new series by the author-illustrator of Mr. Men Little Miss. Molly knows what she wants to be when she grows up: a superhero. It's a great plan. She could save the world. But with Molly, mischief is never far away! In this second book of a new series, Molly wants to be a superhero, but before she can start her new job she has to answer some important questions. What powers will she have? Who are her enemies? What's her costume like? While Molly has a great imagination, and anything is possible, one thing is for sure: this will definitely end in mischief. A laugh-out-loud story for sharing, with bold, fun illustrations, this book celebrates a larger-than-life little girl learning a valuable lesson in appreciating what you've already got (unless he's your younger brother!).

Spencer And Vincent, The Jellyfish Brothers book
#64
Spencer And Vincent, The Jellyfish Brothers
Written by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Emily Dove
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When two jellyfish brothers are separated at sea it takes all of the ocean’s creatures to help them reunite in this heartwarming tale of brotherly love. Spencer and Vincent are jellyfish brothers who live together in the sea, their wet and shining home. They invented a little song which went like this: My brother, my brother, he’s sweet, not smelly. I love him from down in my jelly belly. One day a wave of superior magnitude separates them! The brothers know they have to do whatever it takes to find each other again. And they’ll need some help along the way… Sometimes friends can really make a the difference. Spencer and Vincent is a story of adventures and the bond of family.

The Flying Light book
#65
The Flying Light
Written and illustrated by Yuanhao Yang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Enter a mystical world where a man and his strange pet lizard attempt to lure luminous flying creatures to their town. Through innovative wordless storytelling and wonderfully detailed panel illustrations that invite children to use their imagination, this story will light up the lives of those in search of direction and allow each reader to interpret it according to their own unique vision of the world.

  1. The Rainbow - A perfect read-aloud story which revels in the kaleidoscopic colours of the Australian landscape featuring Indigenous art by Balarinji. The land bakes...RED. The sun sets...ORANGE. The dawn glows...GOLD. The flowers burst...YELLOW. A joyous serenade to colours that show country before a storm, illustrated by Balarinji, Australia's leading Indigenous design studio.

  2. Princess Angelica, Part-Time Lion Trainer - Our favorite pretend princess, Angelica, aka Jelly, is back! A case of mistaken identity, a wild imagination and a love of storytelling leads Jelly to tell her friend Joon and the new kid she’s just met, Leo, that she’s a part-time lion trainer at the local animal rescue center. Her inventiveness has them completely convinced, but things get a bit more complicated when the resident lioness, Mwezi, escapes from her enclosure and the kids look to Jelly’s “expertise” to save the day.

  3. My Mom Is a Robot - 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.

  4. Robot Activated! - 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!

Where's the Bunny? book
#70
Where's the Bunny?
Written by Chuck Whelon and illustrated by Helen Brown, Chuck Whelon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

It's nearly Easter, but the chocolate eggs are missing. In this magical search-and-find book, follow the Easter Bunny on a journey through Fairyland as she goes on an egg hunt.

Muddle & Mo's Rainy Day book
#71
Muddle & Mo's Rainy Day
Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Another delightful tale of the unlikely best friends Muddle and Mo. Big raindrops are falling. Muddle likes the rain but Mo is a goat and goats do NOT like the rainy days. Will a special Muddle-cuddle save the day and get Mo to try something different? Sequel to the internationally acclaimed Muddle & Mo and Muddle & Mo’s Worm Surprise.

Little Boy George Wants to Be a Bird book
#72
Little Boy George Wants to Be a Bird
Written and illustrated by Coral Walker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Spirited little George wants to be many things: a bird with wings, a whale with a wide tail, a monkey with long and strong arms, and a lion with a golden mane. But at the end of the day, George just wants to be a little boy, to be cuddled tightly in his mother's arms, and to listen to stories. Little Boy George Wants to be a Bird is intended to nurture an adventurous spirit and highlight the importance of a loving childhood.

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