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 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 Books about Christmas

Bookstores and libraries are full of Christmas titles, but there are some books that stand out among the shelves. These are the kind of gems your children will want to re-read year after year because they have wondrous illustrations and compelling messages about faith, hope, and love. A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens; illustrated by Brett Helquist In this new adaption of Dickens’ famous tale, readers are transported into the story through the glorious and luminous illustrations of Brett {Read More}