A Dozen of the Best Picture Books of 2016


Looking for newer picture books for gifts or fresh reading material from the library? Our staff has some great ideas for you….

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A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers – a wonderful, lyrical story for those who love or may someday decide they love books. Gorgeous pictures using print and collage. For all ages (mainly preschool and up.)

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie – Alexie’s playful style is full of heart, vulnerability and passion. I recommend almost every single thing he has written. The vibrant, lively illustration by Yuyi Morales make this a visual stand out as well. For all ages.

Death is Stupid by Anastasia Higginbotham – A kid’s honest look at a hard subject. This may be better for slightly older kids age 5 and up. It really helps to name various feelings and experiences and support the reader  in so many of the difficult narratives surrounding a death of a loved one.

This is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier – A sweet little story that’s NOT a story. Short and suitable for toddlers and younger grade schoolers as well.

The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah OHora – A children’s librarian can hardly resist a fun story about kids going to the library and having a story time! It has lovely artwork and is silly and funny as well. Best for age 2 and up.

King Baby by Kate Beaton – a delightful and humorous book and short enough for little ones, but good for all ages.

Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell – An artful story about community togetherness that’s full of joy and positivity. Best for preschoolers and up.

Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis – A beautiful book, best read on your lap so you can marvel over the jibberish language and lovely pictures, and discuss what everything means! An excellent early literacy activity for all ages.

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – A unique book, great for those getting ready to start elementary, a little longer read.

The Moon Inside by Sandra Feder – With gorgeous illustration, this is a calming story that brings awareness to nature and helps little ones go to bed. For all ages.

They All Saw A Cat by Brenan Wenzel – A fun to look at book with simple words but thought-provoking perspectives done through the illustrations. For all ages.

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen – Unusual, sparse and silly, this book also asks the reader to make some inferences on the scene of two turtles and their day together.

-Contributed by Aubrey, Youth Services team

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