may 2019 Best Picture Books

Updated May. 20, 2019
What's That There? book
#13
What's That There?
Written by Ros Moriarty and illustrated by Balarinji Studio
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

What's that there? That's the rushing river's curly bend, cried the sea eagle perched on a knotted branch, swaying. There, look! What's that there? That's the cliff face sharp with sun-scorched stones, glinting, shrilled the hawk, gliding on summer winds. There, look! An exhilarating celebration of the Australian landscape as seen from the sky featuring vibrant illustrations by Balarinji, Australia's leading Indigenous design studio. Ros Moriarty, author of the acclaimed memoir Listening to Country, is also the founder of Indi Kindi early literacy education.

G Is for Golazo book
#14
G Is for Golazo
Written by James Littlejohn and illustrated by Matthew Shipley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

S is for soccer. F is for football, and fútbol, and fußball... No matter what you call it, everyone loves the beautiful game! The creators of B is for Baller return with a vibrant, stylish parade of soccer legends. Featuring dozens of international superstars like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Pelé, Diego Maradona, Marta, Mia Hamm, and Abby Wambach, G is for Golazo is the ultimate ABC book for budding soccer fans.

Mom Loves Little Jumbo book
#15
Mom Loves Little Jumbo
Written and illustrated by Yasushi Muraki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A celebration of the deep, unconditional love between mother and child Little Jumbo's mama is not only the greatest, but the biggest elephant ever! Naturally, she is not really the biggest in the world but from his perspective, she is a giant. She is brave and protects him; she plays with him, finds the tastiest fruit and cuddles him when it is time to sleep. And best of all--Mama loves him just like he loves Mama.

Never Trumpet with a Crumpet book
#16
Never Trumpet with a Crumpet
Written by Amy Gibson and illustrated by Jenn Harney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

In this hilarious, tongue-in-cheek picture book about manners, zoo animals attempt to follow proper etiquette when they are accidentally invited to tea with the queen. "Sit up straight. Don't slump. Don't slouch. Lay your napkin on your pouch." Amy Gibson's playful, rhyming text offers etiquette advice to zoo animals who scrupulously try, then marvelously fail, to mind their manners at the queen's tea party (much to the queen's dismay and the young prince's delight). Meanwhile, Jenn Harney's illustrations contrast humorously with the rules spelled out in the narrative: the animals lick their paws, gobble their food, swing from the chandelier, and trumpet while nibbling on a crumpet, in scenes that grow increasingly chaotic as they build to an uproarious finale. This original, ingenious book is unique in its wild sense of wit and its sly, subtle lesson on proper behavior.

When the Moon Came Down book
#17
When the Moon Came Down
Written and illustrated by Feridun Oral
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A magical bedtime story about friendship that eases nighttime fears Little Bunny just can't sleep. He's hungry, but too scared of the dark to go looking for food. Then he sees a bright light nearby--what can it be? Can it really be the Moon, come down from the sky to see him? A surprising friendship is celebrated with delicate and charming pictures by a prizewinning illustrator.

The Blue Pebble book
#18
The Blue Pebble
Written by Anne-Gaelle Balpe and illustrated by Eve Tharlet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Under a daisy Oli finds a pebble. Everyone he shows it to tells him to throw it away. But Oli just knows he'll find a use for it one day. At last he meets a very sad girl and finds he was right all along. His pebble is special after all.

The Wild Wombat book
#19
The Wild Wombat
Written and illustrated by Udo Weigelt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

The zoo is getting a wild wombat all the way from Australia. In no time the most outrageous rumors are spreading about this unknown creature. More and more terrifying characteristics are attributed to him, so that it's no wonder all the animals hide on his arrival at the zoo. A memorable tale that teaches kids not to believe every bit of gossip they're told, Weigelt's The Wild Wombat is a witty, enigmatic story. The strong, colorful illustrations build the anticipation wonderfully and allow the fantasy to grow to monster-like dimensions!

Whose Feet? book
#20
Whose Feet?
Written and illustrated by Sue Tarsky
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Babies can spot the differences between animals and people in this pure fun book with a built-in guessing game and underlying educational aspect. Straightforward words and appealing, large illustrations bring smiles and chortles, a perfect opportunity for parents to cuddle up with little ones.

Summer at the Seashore book
#21
Summer at the Seashore
Written and illustrated by Sue Tarsky
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join the fun of finding and counting all the animals, flowers, and insects, as more and more appear on a thrilling walk along the seashore during the summertime. Packed with repetition that young children love and that also helps them learn, this is an entertaining introduction to colors, numbers, and the seasons.

Koala Is Not a Bear book
#22
Koala Is Not a Bear
Written by Kristin L. Gray and illustrated by Rachel McAlister
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

It's Koala's first day at camp, and she thinks she's found her place in the Bear Cabin--until know-it-all Kangaroo tells Koala that she is not a bear. Koala lists all the ways in which she resembles her new friend, Grizzly, but Kangaroo isn't buying it. As Koala tries to find her place, alert readers will recognize clues about where Koala belongs.

The Feather book
#23
The Feather
Written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Freya Blackwood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

This is a story about hope, kindness and redemption set in a grey dystopian world. When a great feather drifts from the leaden sky, two children recognize its extraordinariness and take it to the village for its protection. The villagers, however, want to encase it, upon which the feather loses its radiance. The children take it home and care for it through the night. In the morning it is again radiant, and when they set it free it leaves behind the first signs of blue sky and color. The ambiguous ending invites multiple interpretations about the effects of selflessness and kindness.

Sherlock Chick's First Case book
#24
Sherlock Chick's First Case
Written and illustrated by Robert Quackenbush
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Look out Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Chick hatched from his egg with a detective’s hat and magnifying glass, and he’s on the case in this adorable, easy-to-follow mystery from Robert Quackenbush. Within moments of his birth, Sherlock Chick lived up to the name he’d just been given. His parents pointed out the fact that their feed bin was empty and they didn’t know who might have taken their corn. Sherlock follows the trail of corn, questioning animals along the way, until he finds the corn and the culprits. Will Sherlock Chick be able to get that corn back where it belongs?

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