march 2019 Best Picture Books

Updated May. 21, 2019
Tashi book
#37
Tashi
Written by Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg and illustrated by Kim Gamble
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

"Well, it was like this. Come and I'll tell you about the time I tricked the last dragon of all." So says the daring hero, Tashi, in his first book of adventures. Tashi comes from a place very far away. He escaped from a war lord and flew to this country on a swan. He's as brave as he's clever, and he tells the best stories. Tashi books are ideal for young readers, or for reading aloud, and they're loved all over the world.

This Tree Counts! book
#38
This Tree Counts!
Written by Alison Formento and illustrated by Sarah Snow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

If you listen closely, the lone tree behind Oak Lane School has a story to tell. It starts with one owl, two spiders, and goes all the way up to ten earthworms using the tree as their home! So what does this tree need? Learn about the importance of trees and count from one to ten in this tale about going green.

Cavekid Birthday book
#39
Cavekid Birthday
Written by Cathy Breisacher and illustrated by Roland Garrigue
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Caveboy and Cavegirl are best friends. They even share a birthday. Each wants to get the other something special for the big day so they go shopping at Caveman Collectibles for just the right thing. But neither has money enough to buy a present for the other. So Cavegirl trades her beloved tool collecti on for a box to give to Caveboy to store his rock collection. Likewise, Caveboy trades in his cherished rocks for a box to give to Cavegirl for her tools.

Ocean Emporium book
#40
Ocean Emporium
Written by Susie Brooks and illustrated by Dawn Cooper
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

With a nod to the Victorian-era fascination with natural history collections and drawings, young readers will be awed by this compendium of ocean creatures and will learn how creatures great and small are interconnected in this mysterious ecosystem. From plankton and krill, to corals and crabs, to sea dragons and squids and swordfish and more! The oceans are teeming with life! Find out fascinating facts about these animals and how they survive deep beneath the waves.

Seek and Count book
#41
Seek and Count
Written and illustrated by Yusuke Yonezu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A counting book full of numbers, words, and beautiful objects to discover. In this clever lift-the-flap book, each page appears to have only one object on it. But lift the flaps and look again to discover what is really going on. Each page reveals brilliantly colorful surprises. An egg cracks open to reveal one baby chick. A tulip is hiding two butterflies, and a blanket reveals three kittens. This counting book is full of peel-a-boo surprises!

What Do You Celebrate? book
#42
What Do You Celebrate?
Written by Whitney Stewart and illustrated by Christiane Engel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Discover a world of celebrations! This entertaining book introduces kids to 14 holidays, from Brazilian carnival, Chinese New Year, Bastille Day, and the Cherry Blossom Festival to Purim, Holi, Eid al-Fitr, Day of the Dead, and Halloween. As in the popular What's On Your Plate?, each spread showcases a different holiday, offering background, cultural context, vocabulary words, photographs, and instructions for festive projects.

The Wind Plays Tricks book
#43
The Wind Plays Tricks
Written by Virginia Howard and illustrated by Charlene Chua
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The wind swirls through the farmyard one dark night. It tears around the farmyard, over the meadows, past the pond. It blows so hard and so long that all the animals howl, too. And, in the sunny morning, the animals learn that the wind has played tricks on them. Pig goes, "Cluck!", Little Chicks go, "Neigh!", Hens go, "Moo!", Horse goes, "Cock-a-Doodle-Dooo!", Cow goes "Quack!", and Rooster—well, Rooster goes, "Cheep!" Can the animals work together to find a solution and get their right voices back?

Frida Kahlo book
#44
Frida Kahlo
Written by Isabel Muñoz and illustrated by Jane Kent
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo created vibrantly hued paintings . . . and led an equally colorful life. Known for her self-portraits, she became a feminist icon whose work now sells for millions. This lively biography looks at Frida's childhood; her devotion to Mexican culture and politics; the bus accident that left her in chronic pain but also sparked her career; and her marriage to Diego Rivera.

Just Like Mommy book
#45
Just Like Mommy
Written and illustrated by Lucy Freegard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Who wouldn't want to be just like Mommy, when she's so wonderful? This delightfully illustrated picture book follows a child's love for their mother. Mommy's smart and creative, practical and imaginative--and she always finds a reason to be playful and laugh! She knows all about the stars in the sky, how to grow her own food, and make music. Whether the day is fantastic or frustrating, mom can turn disaster into joy, and tears into laughter. This celebration of moms is beautiful, funny, and touching.

Around the Passover Table book
#46
Around the Passover Table
Written by Tracy Newman and illustrated by Adriana Santos
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The candles are lit, the seder plate filled, and the matzo stacked high. Join in to read, sing, eat, and observe the holiday. The many steps of a Passover seder are portrayed in this rhyming story.

Like a Lizard book
#47
Like a Lizard
Written by April Pulley Sayre and illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The attributes of 28 different lizards are revealed in this STEM nonfiction picture book, while the story provides a subtle message encouraging children to be true to their own nature. The actions of 28 lizard species--the flying dragon that swoops through the air, the shingleback that sticks out its blue tongue to scare predators, the basilisk that can race across the surface of water--invite readers to act like a lizard themselves. The text by noted author April Pulley Sayre asks: "Can you run like a lizard? Sun like a lizard? Bob your head like a lizard?" Featuring brilliantly colorful, textured artwork by illustrator Stephanie Laberis, the book also includes extensive back matter with further information about the featured lizard species--their size, geographical range, why they perform the various actions introduced in the text--as well as details about lizards in general.

Along Came Coco book
#48
Along Came Coco
Written and illustrated by Eva Byrne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a time when children were meant to be seen and not heard, along came Coco, a small French orphan with an eye for style, a talent for sewing, and a big imagination. Coco grew up in an orphanage run by very strict nuns, but she wasn't very good at following rules. At a time when girls were told to brush their hair 100 times until their arms were sore, Coco promised herself that one day she would snip away her locks so that she wouldn't have to be so fussy--girls needed time for other things, and they needed some of the comforts that boys enjoyed. Why shouldn't girls have pockets? And why did they have to wear corsets all the time? An exploration of Coco's early life and a celebration of her creativity, Along Came Coco ​shows the ways in which Coco Chanel's imaginative spirit led her to grow into one of the world's most beloved fashion icons.

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