Best of 2015 – Picture Books (updated!)

Winter break is (almost) over and 2016 has (just) begun.  Thus, time to reflect on the Best of Kidlit from 2015! First up, picture books. Below are the titles that I truly loved from 2015 for many reasons – story, illustrations, subject, humor, etc.  Be ready to laugh, cry, giggle, snort, sigh, and believe in the magic of picture books.

Best “Who done it?” mystery: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone Roach

Best wordless reenactment of rainy day fun: Float by Daniel Miyares

Best meta story on the facets of friendship: Friendshape by Amy Krause Rosenthal

Best book to give to those grieving: The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr

Best “try it, you might like it” food-themed story for kids AND parents; I Really LIke Slop! by Mo Willems

Best for the grammar police…or anyone who likes a great ending: I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell

Best for appreciating the blessings in one’s life: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Best non-scary, non-Halloween ghost story: Leo: a ghost story by Mac Barnett

Best for those who are fearful of change: Little Tree by Loren Long

Best for anyone that’s ever struggled with cliques (yes, that’s you): Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds

Best for new older siblings: The New Small Person by Lauren Child

Best use of persuasion: One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck

Best reason to be who you are, regardless of what other’s say: P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis

Best sly humor: The Skunk by Mac Barnett

Best depiction of the superness of trucks: Supertruck by Stephen Savage

Best giggle-inducing beginner reader: The Totally Secret Secret (Ballet Cat) by Bob Shea

Best pattern book: Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier

Best peaceful, patient story: Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Best Seuss-inspired rhyming early reader: What This Story Needs is a Pig In a Wig by Emma J Virjan

Best read-aloud for all ages: Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dykeman

Best “get your tissues ready” book : Yard Sale by Eve Bunting


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