So I realize I dropped off in the countdown to Christmas… BUT, in actuality, this wasn’t a countdown to Christmas, it was fully intended as 25 Days of Favorite New Picture Books all hopefully helpful in the season of giving. But the season of giving books is never truly over! I made the hard decision to stop posting the last four when family arrived in NYC to celebrate Christmas with us. People come first and I wanted and needed to be with my family. But, I still have four amazing books to share… and we have four days left in 2018. So come back and join me in seeing my favorite picture books of 2018 (and a few 2017 that I’m still obsessing over too!)
Today’s book is one more favorite from 2017. A stunningly beautiful book about dreams, disappointment and overcoming fear. This book will inspire and move you. Take a look at After the Fall by Dan Santat, 2017.
Something a little different for the favorite new picture book list today. A poetry book. Specifically about books and words. A collection of poems that speak to and ignite the enthusiasm for reading and writing and loving words. And stunning, vibrant illustrations to captivate the imagination like words capture the tongue and mind. Feel the draw of words with Bookjoy Wordjoy by Pat Mora, illustrations by Raul Colón, 2018.
Today I bring a sweet, adorable, dare I say, collectible book from 2017. A story about a puppy named Hector who loves to collect acorns. Be delighted by Hector the Collector by Emily Beeny, illustrations by Stephanie Graegin, 2017.
Today is a glorious day. A day I’ve been waiting for for about two years, ever since I read that a new Mary Poppins movie was in the works and set to come this Christmas. Mary Poppins Returns is out today. I have not seen it yet, and won’t for at least a week as the timing with school and the holiday must be right. But I am equally excited that a beautiful Mary Poppins picture book came out this year as well. Our Christmas is going to be filled with Mary Poppins’ delights as I’m giving you a sneak peek at my youngest’s book gift. And my oldest is going to receive a beautiful, newly illustrated edition of the original Mary Poppins text. But that’s another post for another time. Join me now in reveling over this lovely, magical glimpse at the literary wonder: Mary Poppins story by P.L. Travers, adapted by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Genevieve Godbout, 2018.
One week until Christmas. I am feeling a little overwhelmed and spent today, how about you? No better day than to introduce a delightful, lift-the-spirit kind of book! A story about a sweet girl who longs to bring the sparkle and joy back to her dear Nanna’s face, but struggles to collect all the special moments in her kit. Be cheered and delighted with Joy by Corrinne Averiss & Isabelle Follath, 2018.
Today’s book positively delights me and warms my heart. A book about a walk with a girl and her grandpa observing wonderful things in the world around them. Join in the search with Tiny, Perfect Things by M.H. Clark, illustrated by Madeline Kloepper, 2018.
Today’s book is just plain adorable and fun. A graphic novel about house kittens who just want to be taken seriously and build something fantastic. It’s clever, cute, and makes you think twice about the ridiculous names humans give pets! Check out Kitten Construction Company: Meet the House Kittens by John Patrick Green, 2018.
I wrote about Francesca Sanna’s stunning work a couple of years ago when The Journey came out. I still hold that book to be an absolute must for everyone, championing a spirit of empathy and compassion for immigrants of all kinds. This new book from Sanna tops my list this year as well. A book about anxiety and fear. A book about challenges in daily life. A book about being new, being different, and just plain being afraid. Uncover the beauty of honesty, friendship, and bravery with Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna, 2018.
Today’s book is a wonder to behold. Originally published in Portugal in 2012, this is one of the most beautiful non-fiction books that published in the U.S. this year. A stunning treasury of big and small facts all related to the ocean. Be wowed by Ocean: A Visual Miscellany by Ricardo Henriques and André Letria, 2018.
Alligator or crocodile? Clementine or mandarin? Star or planet? Tights or stockings? Anyone who has ever wondered the difference between two similar items – this book is for you: What’s the Difference? 40+ Pairs of the Seemingly Similar by Emma Strack, illustrations by Guillaume Plantevin, 2018.
Today I wrestle with how to share a brilliantly clever, marvelously illustrated book. It is a story, quite simply, about walls. It is a surprising story, a hilarious story, a fun and thought-provoking story. Don’t miss this one. It is worth reading, talking about with everyone, and reading aloud to anyone: The Wall in the(…)
The newest one to our stack is Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, 2018. It is a lengthier picture book, a combination of poetry and prose, based on a teacher who participated in the strike and marches in Memphis as a child. Come learn along with me.
Today’s book is another well-known song, this time without explanation; but rather exquisitely illustrated, depicting a beautiful interpretation of the song’s message of faith, trust, family, and nature.
A clever and beautifully illustrated story about forest friends determined to have everyone attend Moose’s upcoming Valentine’s Day party, especially Groundhog, whom they have to first stop from seeing his shadow!
A tribute to the famous song and the many people who have sung it from America’s era of slavery through the 60s civil rights movement and continuing today in the fight for freedom and equality, take a look at We Shall Overcome.
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Dr. King would be 90 years old if he were alive today. With the memorial holiday reminding us to reflect and continue to press on in the civil rights movement Dr. King helped orchestrate, this book is an excellent addition to the day.