september 2018 Best Picture Books

Updated Apr. 18, 2019
Get Dressed, Sasquatch! book
#1
Get Dressed, Sasquatch!
Written by Kyle Sullivan and illustrated by Derek Sullivan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-7

The fun is au naturel when a rule-touting ranger dares to ask Sasquatch to put some clothes on.In the Pacific Northwest, the trees are always green, the eagles are always stern and Sasquatch is always, well, naked. But what happens when a rule-touting ranger shows up to ask Sasquatch to put some clothes on? Find out in this story of mountainous fun and evergreen hilarity.

Night Job book
#2
Night Job
Written by Karen Hesse and illustrated by G Brian Karas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When the sun sets, Dad’s job as a school custodian is just beginning. What is it like to work on a Friday night while the rest of the city is asleep? There’s the smell of lilacs in the night air, the dusky highway in the moonlight, and glimpses of shy nighttime animals to make the dark magical. Shooting baskets in the half-lit gym, sweeping the stage with the game on the radio, and reading out loud to his father in the library all help the boy’s time pass quickly. But what makes the night really special is being with Dad. Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse’s quietly powerful story of a boy and his father is tenderly brought to life by G. Brian Karas in this luminous tribute to an enduring, everyday sort of love.

Pete the Cat’s 12 Groovy Days of Christmas book
#3
Pete the Cat’s 12 Groovy Days of Christmas
Written by James Dean and illustrated by Kimberly Dean , James Dean
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A brand-new Pete the Cat Christmas picture book! Pete and his friends are rockin’ and groovin’ while counting down the days to Christmas! Who needs five golden rings, when you can have five onion rings? Join Pete and the gang for one-of-a-kind holiday cheer. He adds a cool-cat spin on a well-known Christmas carol, bringing a hip and energetic spirit to the season. This is a perfect Christmas gift for Pete the Cat fans who are eagerly awaiting Santa’s arrival.

The Patchwork Bike book
#4
The Patchwork Bike
Written by Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

When you live in a village at the edge of the no-go desert, you need to make your own fun. That’s when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items like an old milk pot (maybe Mum is still using it, maybe not) and a used flour sack. You can even make a license plate from bark if you want. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for whooping and laughing as you bumpetty bump over sand hills, past your fed-up mum and right through your mud-for-walls home.

The Wild Beast book
#5
The Wild Beast
Written by Eric Walters and illustrated by Sue Todd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Inspired by a story told to the author while on safari in 2015, The Wild Beast describes the creation of one of Africa’s most unusual animals, the wildebeest. According to oral tradition, the Creator built this unique beast out of leftover parts from other magnificent animals found on the continent. Horns from buffalos and stripes meant for zebras.Tails from giraffes and bumps meant for camels.This creative retelling will introduce little ones to a story rich in both imagery and in lesson: Take what you need to live. Take no more. Waste nothing.

Island in the Salish Sea book
#6
Island in the Salish Sea
Written by Sheryl McFarlane and illustrated by Leslie Redhead
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This gorgeously illustrated picture book is a celebration of summer vacation and West Coast island life. Every day is different on Gran’s island in the Salish Sea as granddaughter climbs big-leaf maples, eats blackberries, explores tide pools and sandstone caves and examines ancient middens and petroglyphs. She and Gran watch harbor seals sunning themselves and Gran’s neighbor carving an eagle out of a piece of cedar while drinking fresh nettle tea. And on her way home, our young narrator sees a pod of orcas, breaching,tail lobbing and spy-hopping as she says goodbye to the island for another summer.

The Untold Story of Father Christmas book
#7
The Untold Story of Father Christmas
Written by Alison Battle, Mike Battle and illustrated by Lauren A. Mills
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Have you ever wondered where Father Christmas came from? And how he ended up with a factory at the North Pole full of elves to help him make toys? A beautifully illustrated and timeless story about how a toymaker and his wife became Mother and Father Christmas for children all over the world.

Fangsgiving book
#8
Fangsgiving
Written and illustrated by Ethan Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Geisel Award-winning author and illustrator Ethan Long turns his attention to the day of thanks with a story that's to die for. It's the fourth Thursday of November, and the members of Fright Club are cooking up something spooky . . . a Thanksgiving feast! But when Vlad's family arrives unexpectedly, they put their own spin on each of the dishes. Now, the rolls are as hard as headstones and the turkey has been cooked to death. Vlad loves his family, but they've made a mess of their meal! Can this monster-filled family come together to save their feast and celebrate what the holiday is truly about?

Angus All Aglow book
#9
Angus All Aglow
Written by Heather Smith and illustrated by Alice Carter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Angus loves sparkly things,so much so that he can hear them.To Angus,shiny objects not only look beautiful; they also crackle, buzz and go whiz-bang-POP! His unique ability is lost, however, when Angus wears his grandma’s beaded necklace to school, and his classmates tease him for his atypical choice. Saddened by their laughter, Angus stops hearing the sparkle. A gentle story of acceptance, generosity and friendship, Angus All Aglow reminds us that it only takes one kind gesture to restore your sparkle, and returning the kindness can make you glow from the inside out.

Picking Pickle book
#10
Picking Pickle
Written by Polly Faber and illustrated by Clara Vulliamy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

It's not always easy to pick the right dog! Which one will find its perfect home? An endearing story about an adorable but overlooked pup--and his dream of getting adopted. Looking for a pet? Take a guided tour of the dogs' home with one characterful canine! He's been there the longest and knows everyone, so he'll help you find the perfect companion. Will it be hungry Harvey? Clever Dumpling? Sporty Boo-Boo? What a pickle! With gorgeous illustrations from Clara Vulliamy, and laugh-out-loud text from Polly Faber, this book is guaranteed to touch your heart.

Business Pig book
#11
Business Pig
Written and illustrated by Andrea Zuill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Right from the start, everyone at the barnyard knew Jasper was different: "What we have here is a gen-u-WINE Business Pig!" No playing in the mud for him; Jasper preferred bookkeeping and charts. Most of all, he longs for a forever home. But no matter how many resumes Jasper hands out, no one adopts him. Can this business pig find that special person who means business, too?

Florence & Leon book
#12
Florence & Leon
Written by Simon Boulerice and illustrated by Delphie Côté-Lacroix
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Florence and Leon have never met. Florence is a swimming instructor. She has a small problem with her lungs: it’s as if she’s breathing through a straw. Leon is an insurance salesman. He has a small problem with his eyes: it’s as if he’s seeing the world through a straw. One day Florence and Leon bump into each other, literally, and this mishap turns their lives upside down. Over slushy drinks with proper straws, Florence and Leon find out how their differences make them alike.

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