may 2019 Best Picture Books

Updated May. 20, 2019
Greek Myths book
#25
Greek Myths
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The second volume of this spellbinding anthology features more gripping tales from Greek mythology, retold in a manner that will engage very young readers and instil in them a love for storytelling. Four different illustrators bring their distinctive styles to the myths. In printed laminated jacket case format. A second spellbinding anthology of seven beloved Greek myths! Monsters. Giants. Fire-breathing serpents. Wicked sorceresses. These memorable and gripping Greek myths have all the stuff of fairy tales . . . and more. They’re retold in a picture-book format that’s perfect for younger readers, with captivating illustrations by several artists and simple, easy-to-follow text. Whether it’s Icarus’s doomed attempt at flight or the Trojan Horse and the fall of Troy, these exciting stories demand to be enjoyed again and again.

Butterflies on the First Day of School book
#26
Butterflies on the First Day of School
Written by Annie Silvestro and illustrated by Dream Chen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Rosie's excited to start kindergarten--she's had her backpack ready for weeks. But suddenly, the night before the big day, her tummy hurts. Rosie's mom reassures her that it's just butterflies in her belly. Much to Rosie's surprise, when she greets a new friend, a butterfly flies out of her mouth! Soon, Rosie frees all her butterflies . . . and helps another shy student release hers, too.

Viking Myths: Volume Two book
#27
Viking Myths: Volume Two
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Journey to the frozen north for this second spellbinding anthology of Viking myths! Enter the world of Norse mythology, where you'll find sea monsters, shape-changers, dark forests, and cunning, gold-hoarding underground dwarves. This second volume of Viking tales features more fantastical, entrancing adventures, including Thor's journey in the land of the giants, and Ragnarok, the apocalyptic battle of the gods, retold in a way that will engage very young readers. Different illustrators bring their distinctive styles to each story.

Birds of a Feather book
#28
Birds of a Feather
Written and illustrated by Susan L. Roth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

One makes colorful paper collages; the other, intricate environments out of found objects. And yet Susan L. Roth and the remarkable bowerbird are truly birds of a feather. Sibert Medalist Susan L. Roth is like a bowerbird, a small black bird found in Australia and New Guinea that builds elaborate structures from various materials they find near their habitats. Though Susan creates books to attract readers and bowerbirds build bowers to attract a mate, both get their ideas from the world around them and the materials they find. Both love colors. No two of their respective creations are alike. And most importantly, both Susan and the bowerbirds aspire for their finished works to be greater than the sum of their parts. Complete with engaging backmatter and dazzling artwork crammed full of so much to look at, this visually delightful picture book from award-winning author and artist Susan L. Roth is a fascinating comparison of art we create and art we find in nature.

Bee book
#29
Bee
Written and illustrated by Grace Jones
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

With this series children can explore some of the most interesting and important life cycles in the animal kingdom. With engaging language and an innovative use of design, this series makes the science behind life cycles accessible to reluctant confident readers alike.

There's Only One You book
#30
There's Only One You
Written by Kathryn Heling, Deborah Hembrook and illustrated by Rosie Butcher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

"In all the world over, this much is true: You're somebody special. There's only one YOU." Celebrate your individuality with this picture book that honors all the wonderful things that make you . . . you. This feel-good book reassures kids that, whoever and whatever they are, it's awesome being YOU! Expertly written to include all kinds of children and families, it embraces the beauty in a range of physical types, personalities, and abilities. Kids will love discovering and recognizing themselves in these pages--and they'll feel proud to see their special qualities acknowledged. Adorable illustrations by Rosie Butcher show a diverse community that many will find similar to their own.

When the Moon Came Down book
#31
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.

Whose Ears? book
#32
Whose Ears?
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.

Gorilla book
#33
Gorilla
Written and illustrated by Alex Brinded
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Here children can explore some of the most interesting and important life cycles in the animal kingdom. With engaging language and an innovative use of design, this series makes the science behind life cycles accessible to reluctant and confident readers alike.

My Fourth of July book
#34
My Fourth of July
Written by Jerry Spinelli and illustrated by Larry Day
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A young boy and his family celebrate his favorite day, Independence Day, by seeing a parade, having a picnic, watching a talent show, and enjoying fireworks.

The Feather book
#35
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
#36
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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