Everyone loves picture books. Yes, everyone. Even big kids. Many 5th graders show up for Wednesday’s Lunch & Listen, featuring (you guessed it) picture books. But which titles were tops? Here are our Top 10 Picture Books of 2016.
I bet you notice something: there are an awful lot of Mo Willems titles on this list. Yep, there are. And there are some reasons that we LOVE Mo. K’s do a “The Mo You Don’t Know” author study. The first graders (who know Mo) went to the Elephant and Piggie play at our local children’s theatre (after we wrote letters to persuade the 1st grade teachers at the end of K). Lots of families went, too. And did you see our library windows?!?
So…in the interest of sharing the picture book love, let’s see the Top 10 non-Mo Willems titles. To do that, we have to skip from #1 to #20…because Mo had 18 of the top 20 picture books of 2016 and 22 of the top 30. Let that sink in.
Okay. Here we go. The Top 10 no-Mo Picture Books of 2016!
32. Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan
This sassy bunny is one of my all-time favorite read-aloud titles. Sorry, Betty Bunny. No chocolate cake for you…
31. The Rescue Mission: LEGO Ninjago by Kate Howard
Ninjago. Chima. LEGO. These have broad appeal and are shelved as E LEGO to facilitate location by the little (and big) kids who can’t get enough of Kai, Cole and the ninja gang.
30. Mogie: the heart of the house by Kathi Appelt
One of our 2016 WCCPBA titles, Mogie’s adorable doggie face gets it picked up lickety-quick.
29. Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio
Another 2016 WCCPBA title, Gaston is one of those tiny dogs that elicit huge squeals of “He’s. So. Cute!” from multitutes of students. Predicting that the follow up Antoinette will be on this list in a year or two.
28. Chester’s Masterpiece by Melanie Watt
Oh, Chester. You naughty kitty. With his ever-present red marker and sly face, this cat is king of the Melanie Watt titles (out-circulating Scaredy Squirrel in a surprise upset).
26. This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris
The third and highest placement of the 2016 WCCPBA titles. Moose are popular among my students. The 5th graders are quite taken with any story featuring moose and will check them out. Plus, it’s downright funny. Tom Lichtenheld’s illustrations make this a must-see.
24. Glamourpuss by Sarah Weeks
Pink cover. Glamorous cat. Need I say more? This checks out the moment it gets put on display.
23. Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman
Is there another cover that screams “pick me up and read me now” quite like this one? Nope. Can’t think of any other covers with a pink bunny suit-wearing wolf.
20. The Gingerbread Man Loose in School by Laura Murray
One of those reads by K/1 teachers in the fall that moves off the shelf all year long. We have 2 copies, plus the others in the series.
1. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Oh, you crayons. You just don’t quit. You won last year’s 2015 WCCPBA Award. You are read in the fall by many k, 1, 2 teachers. And even though lots of students own you, they still check you out. That’s a #1 title for sure!
For more winners:
2016 Top 10 Graphic Novels