march 2019 Best Picture Books

Updated Mar. 25, 2019
Gloria Takes a Stand book
#61
Gloria Takes a Stand
Written by Jessica M. Rinker and illustrated by Daria Peoples
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Throughout Gloria Steinem’s life, she stood up for many things. In a time when most women didn’t go to college, Gloria knew the importance of education and studied at Smith College. In a time when almost all women stayed at home to raise a family, Gloria traveled to India and wrote about what she learned there. In a time when many people were fighting for equality, Gloria wanted to write about these important events. And as she heard more and more stories from women who didn’t have as many rights as men, Gloria decided to start Ms. Magazine to give women a voice. This text introduces a new generation of children to Gloria Steinem, the icon who fought for a better world for all women—and encourages all readers to "stand up and speak for equal rights for all people."

Home Sweet Neighborhood book
#62
Home Sweet Neighborhood
Written and illustrated by Michelle Mulder
picture book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Picture a busy avenue. Now plant trees along the boulevard, paint a mural by the empty lot, and add a community garden. Set up benches along the sidewalks and make space for kids’ chalk drawings, and you’ve set the scene for a thriving community. Placemaking—personalizing public and semi-private spaces like front yards—is a growing trend in cities and suburbs around the world, drawing people out of their homes and into conversation with one another. Kids are natural placemakers, building tree forts, drawing on sidewalks and setting up lemonade stands, but people of all ages can enjoy creative placemaking activities. From Dutch families who drag couches and tables onto sidewalks for outdoor suppers to Canadians who build little lending libraries to share books with neighbors, people can do things that make life more fun and strengthen neighborhoods. Home Sweet Neighborhood combines upbeat text, fun facts and colorful photos to intrigue and inspire readers.

Another book
#63
Another
Written and illustrated by Christian Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world. What if you… encountered another perspective? Discovered another world? Met another you? What might you do?

Baby Day book
#64
Baby Day
Written by Davina Bell and illustrated by Freya Blackwood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s a busy day for baby in this darling, cheeky, charming picture book celebrating the joy and chaos of a baby-filled day! Today is baby’s birthday. Happy baby! Here come baby’s friends. Hello! Shy baby. Friendly baby. Sunny baby. Hat on, baby! Strong baby. Smiley baby. Lazy baby. Wake up, baby! Who else will we meet? Now everyone together…Smile, babies!

Circle book
#65
Circle
Written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen deliver the final wry and resonant tale about Triangle, Square, and Circle. This book is about Circle. This book is also about Circle's friends, Triangle and Square. Also it is about a rule that Circle makes, and how she has to rescue Triangle when he breaks that rule. With their usual pitch-perfect pacing and subtle, sharp wit, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen come full circle in the third and final chapter of their clever shapes trilogy.

Baby's First Bank Heist book
#66
Baby's First Bank Heist
Written by Jim Whalley and illustrated by Stephen Collins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Move over, Bonnie and Clyde, because there’s a new criminal mastermind in town . . . Baby Frank! Baby Frank is dangerously cute, and he’s about to pull off the most daring baby bank heist ever. Why? His parents say that he can’t have a pet—“pets are for older kids,” “be happy with your teddy,” and “they cost too much to keep,” they say. What’s a baby to do . . . ? Rob a bank, of course! You have been warned . . . With eye-catching illustrations from Guardian cartoonist Stephen Collins, this laugh-out-loud rhyming text is Boss Baby meets Mission Impossible.

My Happy Year by E. Bluebird book
#67
My Happy Year by E. Bluebird
Written and illustrated by Paul Meisel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Narrative non-fiction, in journal form, relates the first year in the life of an Eastern bluebird- adventures, joys, and scary times too.

Pancakes In Pajamas book
#68
Pancakes In Pajamas
Written and illustrated by Frank Asch
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A pajama-wearing Baby Bear eats a delicious stack of pancakes in this sweet picture book from celebrated and award-winning author and illustrator Frank Asch. What better way for Baby Bear, Momma Bear, and Poppa Bear to spend the day together than wearing their pajamas and eating pancakes? But it’s not just pancakes for breakfast! Once they finish eating, reading, playing board games, and napping, the three pajama-wearing bears decide to go to the park, ride bikes, and have a pancake dinner! The silliness continues when the Bears host a pancake and pajama party for the whole town. Frank Asch’s newest Baby Bear adventure is sure to delight his legions of devoted fans.

The Little Green Hen book
#69
The Little Green Hen
Written and illustrated by Alison Murray
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A timely retelling plays off "The Little Red Hen" with an environmental slant. On top of a hill, inside an old and very fruitful apple tree, lives Little Green Hen. She prunes the tree's branches, rids it of pests, and sows its seeds so that more trees will grow. But soon the work proves too much, and Little Green Hen seeks some help. Dog (who loves sticks), Sparrow (who loves bugs), and Squirrel (who loves burying things) are glad to pitch in. But Peacock, Fox, and Cat have far more important things to do -- until the storms roll in, the rain comes down, and the waters rise. . . . With contemporary flair, Alison Murray offers another engaging adaptation of a traditional children's tale.

Grumpy Duck book
#70
Grumpy Duck
Written by Joyce Dunbar and illustrated by Petr Horacek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Duck's grumpiness becomes contagious, what can possibly turn it around? Duck is in a very grumpy mood. The pond is dry, and she doesn't want to roll in the mud with Pig, sing with Rooster, doze with Tortoise, eat laundry with Goat, or join any of the other animals in their pastimes. To make matters worse, the gray cloud that's following Duck is growing bigger by the minute, and now her friends are feeling gloomy as well. What will it take to cheer them all up? Two prolific picture-book creators look to the skies for a humorous tale of not-fair-weather friendship.

Picken book
#71
Picken
Written and illustrated by Mary Murphy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Mix and match the front and back of farm animals to create funny new species! If you could cross a calf with a chicken, would that be a cacken? How on earth do you make a chiglet? Would a kippy satisfy folks who love kittens and puppies? With this inventive book, children are invited to flip the pages to make outlandish creatures with silly hybrid names. Featuring boldly colored, simply shaped animals ready to be mixed up again and again, these sturdy board-book pages open to the left and the right for easy manipulation by little hands.

Cake book
#72
Cake
Written and illustrated by Sue Hendra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In the tradition of I Want My Hat Back, this delicious story from Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet tells the story of a cake who’s about to attend his very first party—but he has no idea what’s coming! Cake has been invited to his very first birthday party! He buys just the right outfit—including the PERFECT hat. But as the candles on his perfect party hat begin to burn, and the other party guests start to sing, Cake starts to think that this is one party he’d rather not be at…

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