Best Books of 2013: Picture Book

I’ve been thinking about this category for days and days: what picture book would I choose to get top honors?  There are so many I like…choosing one feels like choosing a favorite child.  So in that vein, I will choose 2: all-around favorite and favorite for toddler/preschool.

bluebird-bob-staakeFavorite Picture Book: Bluebird by Bob Staake

This is the title I came back to time and time again.  Bluebird, a wordless story, incorporates lessons of friendship, bullying, love and loss.  A lonely boy develops a friendship with a little bird, who keeps him company walking to and from school and during school lessons (the bird sits on a nearby tree).  It is on one of the walks home that the young boy is approached by bullies.  bluebird-1The bluebird is with him and is the one who suffers most.  The absence of text makes this a brilliant choice for talking about decision-making, friendship, bullying and loneliness – all themes that children (and adults) have experienced.  Be warned: have some Kleenex nearby.  Share with ages 4+.

Honorable Mentions:

Journey by Aaron Becker

Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Big Snow by Jonathan Bean

Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman

That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

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