Here are some of the picture books I’ve fallen in love with in recent years. Check back periodically for updates; I’ll try to make this a page of rolling content.

Sparky!, written by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans: A sweet, sweet story of a girl and her sloth.

The Rabbit Listened, written and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld. This book…it is possibly the most beautiful thing published in 2018. Sadness is hard for anyone to deal with, but for a young child…even harder. And sometimes the suggestions just don’t make it better. If you’re lucky, you have a rabbit in your life.

Bob, Not Bob!, written by Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Bernick, illustrated by Matthew Cordell. You’re supposed to read this book as if you have a bad cold, but that’s hard to do when you can’t stop laughing.

Mary Wears What She Wants, written and illustrated by Keith Negley. Based on Mary Edwards Walker, this story’s words and art brought Mary out of the book and into my heart. I was cheering her on from the first page.

I Don’t Like Koala, written by Sean Ferrell, illustrated by Charles Santoso. Koala has such creepy eyes, Adam doesn’t want him anywhere near. Until…

Maximillian Villainous, written by Margaret Chiu Greanias, illustrated by Lesley Breen Withrow. Full disclosure, Margaret is one of my critique partners but–also full disclosure–this book was one of the reasons I wanted to join the group. It’s a funny, sweet story of a child who tries to be like the rest of his family, but just can’t bring himself to be as villainous as his name.

Interstellar Cinderella, written by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt. There are plenty of picture book “retellings” on the market today, but this one is special–the rhyming and the humor and the absolutely perfect ending.

Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet, written by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Jessica Lanan. This is the most amazing nonfiction picture book I have ever seen. The text goes deep into science while keeping everything clear and relevant. And the story layered into the illustrations made me want to cry at the end; it was so beautiful.

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