Sunday, January 3, 2016

Miss Carol's Best Book Finds of 2015 -- Picture Books

Every year at my library, I spend the last couple days of the year compiling my favorite book finds of the year.  They are not always new books.  Just books I discovered for the first time and really, really liked.



The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak 
In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what!  This has been a very popular book!

Don’t Push the Button!  by Bill Cotter 
The only rule in Larry's book is that the reader not push the button, but when no one is looking, it may be irresistible. This was a favorite of my 2 year old son.  It was one of those books we read over, and over, and over, and over...

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson 
A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park. I tried out this book with my 2 year old, with a preschool tour group, with a preschool daycare group, and a K/1st daycare group.  They all loved this book!


Hooray for Hat! by Brain Won 
Elephant wakes up in a grumpy mood, but a present on his doorstep--a hat--cheers him and he sets out to greet his neighbors who all, it seems, need hats of their own. This was another favorite of my 2 year old. It was a nightly tradition for several weeks in a row.

I’m Cool! by Kate & Jim McMullan 
When the ice is full of cuts and ruts, only one machine has the GUTS to clean it up. But can this slow-movin' ice fixer smooth the grooves before the next period? Or will he lose his COOL? The timer's ticking! BUZZZZZZ!

Little Tug by Stephen Savage 
The big ships in the harbor can count on Little Tug, and he feels their appreciation.


Not Every Princess by Jeffrey Bone and Lisa bone, illustrated by Valeria Docampo 
After listing activities that are stereotypically, but not always, attributed to princesses, fairies, pirates, superheroes, and more, encourages the reader to imagine what one could be, despite others' expectations.

The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory, illustrated by Mark Cleary 
When baboon comes to take a photo of the tallest animals in the world, there is just one small problem-- Geri is the shortest giraffe in the world! Giraffes have a special place in our family right now, so this was appreciated as a well written giraffe story.

Twelve Dancing Unicorns by Alissa Heyman, illustrated by Justin Gerard 
The king's beloved unicorns are hiding a secret and a little girl is determined to solve the mystery.


A Violin for Elva by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Tricia Tusa 
As a child, Elva asks for a violin so that she can make beautiful music but many years pass before her dream can come true.

Water Is Water by Miranda Paul, illustrations by Jason Chin 
A spare, poetic picture book exploring the different phases of the water cycle in surprising and engaging ways.

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