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 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 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 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}