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may 2019 Best Picture Books

Updated Jul. 23, 2019
I'm a Baked Potato! book
#97
I'm a Baked Potato!
Written by Elise Primavera and illustrated by Juana Medina
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When a baked potato–loving lady adopts a dog, she adores him unconditionally—and given the pup's small, round frame and warm, brown coat she can't help but call him "Baked Potato"! But what happens when a dog who thinks he's a baked potato gets lost? Will he find his lady? And more importantly, will he find himself? I'm a Baked Potato! is a fun, bighearted story about the names we're given, the names we choose, and how both can help us find our way home. Full of heart and laugh-out-loud moments, this story will leave readers giggling—and looking at pets in a whole new way.

Sherlock Chick's First Case book
#98
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?

Flat Stanley and the Bees book
#99
Flat Stanley and the Bees
Written by Jeff Brown and illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Being flat sure makes it fun for Flat Stanley when playing backyard games with his pals—but not when bees are chasing them! Join Stanley in his newest adventure. On a hot summer day, Flat Stanley and his friends have lots of fun games to play. Stanley’s flatness comes in handy, especially during hide-and-seek. But when the fun disrupts a beehive, can Stanley save his buddies before the bees get them? Beginning readers will love how Flat Stanley gets out of a sticky situation to save the day...with the help of his mom’s honey buns! Flat Stanley and the Bees is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

What's That There? book
#100
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.

The Last Peach book
#101
The Last Peach
Written and illustrated by Gus Gordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Gus Gordon's The Last Peach is the story of two indecisive bugs contemplating eating the last peach of the summer in a hilarious picture book about anticipation and expectation. Summer’s almost over, and there’s one peach left. There’s also one big question in the air: Should someone eat it? What if it’s rotten inside? But what if it’s juicy? Should the bug who saw it first get to eat it? Should both bugs share it with their friends? Will anyone eat the peach?! EVER?!? Find out in this charming, juicy tale by acclaimed picture book artist Gus Gordon.

A Song For All Seasons book
#102
A Song For All Seasons
Written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Charlotte Cooke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A beautiful rhyming story of the seasons of a year from best-selling children's author Margaret Wise Brown. Explore the magical colors, sights, and sounds of our natural world in spring, summer, fall, and winter through the eyes of a young boy and girl from best-selling children's author Margaret Wise Brown and brought to life with the stunning artwork of illustrator Charlotte Cooke.

Whose Ears? book
#103
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.

Lambslide book
#104
Lambslide
Written by Ann Patchett and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the international bestselling author of Bel Canto and Commonwealth, Ann Patchett, and the bestselling illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, Robin Preiss Glasser, comes a hilarious children’s story about a slide made just for lambs. Nicolette Farmer is running for class president, and the rest of the Farmer family tells her she’ll win by a landslide. A pack of overconfident lambs mistakenly hear lambslide and can’t believe there’s a slide made just for them. But when they can’t find one on the farm, there’s only one thing left to do: take a vote! They campaign. They bargain. They ask all the other animals if they, too, would like a lambslide. Will the lambs ever get their special slide? Find out in this epic collaboration between Patchett and Glasser, who create the perfect children’s book.

Now What? a Math Tale book
#105
Now What? a Math Tale
Written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Chris Chatterton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Solve a problem with Puppy and a bag full of blocks! Robie H. Harris and Chris Chatterton team up for another gentle introduction to early math concepts. Puppy wants to build a bed out of blocks, one that is wide enough and long enough for a snooze. But there aren't enough rectangles, squares, and triangles. NOW WHAT? Build, measure, count, compare! Follow along as Puppy tries again and again and again and finally figures out how blocks of different shapes and sizes can fit together to build a bed that's just the right size for a nap.

King Leonard's Teddy book
#106
King Leonard's Teddy
Written and illustrated by Phoebe Swan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

King Leonard enjoys a decadent lifestyle and whenever something he owns breaks, he discards it and buys a new replacement. Soon, he has a large pile of discarded objects outside his castle. One evening, his favourite teddy falls apart and he has no choice but to search the town for someone who can mend it. Unfortunately, like Leonard, the townspeople are in the habit of throwing away broken things and no one is able to help. Will Leonard find a way to fix his friend, or will he have to add his teddy to the heap of rubbish by the castle?

Waiting for Chicken Smith book
#107
Waiting for Chicken Smith
Written and illustrated by David Mackintosh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A story about childhood friendships, anticipation, and the magic moments that arise while you're waiting for something else to happen. Every year a young boy stays in the same cabin at the beach with his family. And every year his friend Chicken Smith stays in the next cabin over. But this year, something's different: Chicken Smith hasn't shown up yet. The boy's little sister, MaryAnn, keeps trying to get his attention, but he's too busy remembering all of his adventures with Chicken Smith -- and thinking about everything they're going to do this summer. Is Chicken ever going to show up? And just what has MaryAnn been yelling about? David Mackintosh's ode to small summer wonders will make readers of all ages open their eyes to the quick, blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments happening all around them.

Boom! Bang! Royal Meringue! book
#108
Boom! Bang! Royal Meringue!
Written by Sally Doran and illustrated by Rachael Saunders
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Polite and perfect Princess Hannah has been so well behaved that the King and Queen have decided to get her a very special birthday present: The Marvellous Magical Pudding Machine! How can she possibly be expected to share such a wonderful thing with her friends? Discover the fanciful and vivid picture book that gives hope that even those with the sweetest tooth might learn to share.

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