Best Picture Books of 2016

Each year, I do the difficult work of selecting the very best picture books. These books are outstanding in both prose and illustrations. Without further ado, here are my top picks for the best picture books published in 2016. A Bike Like Sergio’s written by Maribeth Boelts; illustrated by Noah Z. Jones Ruben, the oldest child of four kids, wants a bike like his friend Sergio’s. One day, a woman at the grocery store drops a hundred dollar bill and Sergio {Read More}

Best Children’s Books about Princesses

What little girl can resist a story about a princess? Unfortunately, there are gads of awful ones scattered throughout bookstores and libraries. There are far too many princess stories with bratty, materialistic, or pretentious women at the center. We managed to compile a list of the diamonds in the rough – stories that focus on princesses of intellect and character. Below are our top picks for books that feature princesses (listed in alphabetical order). A Little Princess written by Frances Hodgson Burnett; illustrated {Read More}

Best Children’s Books about Albert Einstein

Mathematician Albert Einstein was anything but ordinary. In fact, he began his life with a number of people questioning his intelligence. As such, his story can serve as an inspiration to young children who dance to a different drum. These stories also encourage kids to appreciate the wonders of math. Below are our top picks for picture books about Albert Einstein (listed in alphabetical order). Albie’s First Word written by Jacqueline Tourville; illustrated by Wynne Evans Although it is unknown what Albert Einstein’s first word was, {Read More}

Best Children’s Books About Animals

There are thousands of picture books about animals so this was a very hard category to pare down to only the best. The following titles are worthy of that distinction. Below are our top picks for books that feature animals in all their beauty and diversity (listed in alphabetical order). All the Awake Animals are almost asleep written by Crescent Dragonwagon; illustrated by David McPhail A mother tucks in her “not sleepy” son with a sweet and soothing lullaby. She {Read More}

Best Children’s Books About Babies

Most babies love looking at pictures of other babies – and for good reason! Babies are undeniably squishy, soft, and sweet. Who can resist illustrations of small bundles with rosy cheeks and saucer eyes? Certainly not me! We are pleased to present the very best children’s books about babies (listed in alphabetical order). All the World written by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee Marla Frazee knows babies and her artwork of family life is worthy of blue ribbons galore. You’ll want to {Read More}

Best Children’s Book about the Alphabet

Learning the alphabet shouldn’t be a chore! Make it an Awesome, Blissful, and Carefree experience with these Delightful picture books. We are pleased to present the very best children’s books about the alphabet (in – what else? – alphabetical order). ABC A Child’s First Alphabet Book Written and Illustrated by Alison Jay You’ll enjoy the magical process of learning the alphabet in this classic picture book. It has a “vintage” feel, but with unexpected and enchanting illustrations. Available in hardcover or as {Read More}

Best Children’s Books About Cinderella

With the recent release of Disney’s new motion-action film version of Cinderella, little girls everywhere are all aflutter with dreams of glass slippers, courage, and kindness. Let them imagine the story from a variety of perspectives with our picks for the best picture books about Cinderella (in alphabetical order). Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story Written and Illustrated by Tomie dePaola This bilingual book is set in the heart of Mexico and follows the plight of the kind-hearted and beautiful Adelita. The emphasis is {Read More}

Best Children’s Books About Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln – farm boy, reader, lawyer, and the 16th president of the United States. Many books have been written about Abe, presumably because he was one of our country’s most beloved Presidents. We remember his relentless pursuit of truth, his advocacy for the rights of all people, his love of reading, his stoic courage in troubling times, and his death that came far too soon. Below are our picks for the best picture books about Abraham Lincoln, in alphabetical order. {Read More}

Best Children’s Books About Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, I can’t help but be thankful for the gift of books. The way they fill up my home and my heart. The way they teach, inspire, challenge, and spark my imagination. If you are looking for the best children’s books about Thanksgiving, you’ve come to the right place. The following books teach gratitude and history with lovely illustrations and accompanying text. The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving written by Ann McGovern; illustrated by Elroy Freem This educational and historical picture {Read More}

Best Children’s Books of 2012

Every year, approximately 30,000 children’s books are published in the USA. After reading stacks of books (a delightful duty), we’ve hand-picked the very best titles of 2012. A World of Food: Discover Magical Lands Made of Things You Can Eat written and illustrated by Carl Warner There’s not a kid in the world that wouldn’t pick up a copy of this book based on the cover alone. Who can resist life-size lollipops, mega marshmallows, and gargantuan gumdrops? Inside the book {Read More}