by Jacqueline Woodson
Beautifully written and illustrated, this picture book gives courage to every child who feels alone, that there is no one quite like them. The book acknowledges that it is not easy being different but to take courage, reach out and share your story. You will being to find others who are a little like you in different ways. It is a powerful and reassuring book about diversity and becoming accepted.
by Holly Hobbie
Elmore is a lonely porcupine looking for friends and he is having no luck because he is prickly. In this very short book Elmore find friends by giving of himself and helping others.
by Kevin Henkes
Another winner from the dream team Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek. Henkes’ text discusses life during the wintertime – the mittens and zippers and scarves and zippers and coats and OH NO PLEASE NOT MORE ZIPPERS – and Dronzek’s illustrations bring color and beauty to an often drab season. If you’re like me and have always hated winter, this book might just change your mind.
by Narisa Togo
This book is gorgeous and educational. The author has studied both ecology and printmaking, and she has combined her knowledge and talent here beautifully. Great book for kids who love facts and those who enjoy perusing bird and animal books for the pictures.
by Matthew Van Fleet
This laugh-out-loud board book was one of my favorite storytime reads this year for our birth to two year group. I actually read this gem the first time on a day when school was out and I had older siblings in the room and it had all of us laughing. Entertaining that many age groups with a single story is not easy so that made it an instant winner for me. I was easily able to make this story interactive by adding actions to the Alligator’s chomping as he eats many of his friends in the swamp (but don’t worry, everyone is safe and sound in the end). The early literacy side of me loves this book because there are so many things that make it educational in that sneaky the-kids-won’t-even-know way. Opportunities to identify animals, colors, rhyming and predicting, practice counting and even motor skills since this book does have a flap that allows your alligator to chomp just to name a few. For people leery of board books that have moving parts, this book is super sturdy and will provide you and your favorite kiddos many happy reads and stand the test of time.