As the year draws to a close I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite picture books that have been published this past year. Most of these were either outstandingly beautiful and poignant in my opinion or literally made me laugh out loud in the library when I first read them. I am sure you can guess which is which.
Millies Waits For the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier
Millie the cow loves one thing above all others. She loves to scare the mail man. She likes to hide and wait for him to come to the farm. Then she jumps out from her hiding place and the mail goes sailing up into the air as she chases his bicycle. But one day the mail man surprises Millie with a package of her own. Will Millie still scare the mail man or could they be friends? Read this great picture book with colorful funny illustrations to find out! Make sure you check out the chickens!
Psst! by Adam Rex
Have you ever been to the zoo and had an animal ask a favor? Well believe it or not it did happen to a young girl. On her trip to the zoo all the animals needed things like tires, paint and even a bicycle helmet! What could they need it for? To find out you’ll have to take a look at “Psst!” by Adam Rex.
Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts
Illustrated by David Walker
Have you ever seen the animals at an animal shelter as they wait for new homes? Did you get your dog or cat from a shelter? Have you ever wondered what his life was like before he came to your home? In this book a young boy wonders where his dog came from and how he came to be his. He thinks of all the places he could have been and the things that could have happened before he adopted him. As he wonders he also realizes how lucky he is that they did find one another. Readers of all ages will love this touching tale about the relationship between a child and their adopted pet.
The Wizard by Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by Brandon Dorman
Beautiful language from Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky matched perfectly with amazing art from Brandon Dorman allow a mystical outing into the world of wizardry for kids of all ages. Enchanting illustrations and magical poetry combine in an out of this world book not to be missed!