Best of 2016: Picture Books

The end of 2016 has seen much upheaval and change…both in the big picture and my own little life.  But the year can’t end without a Best of 2016 Booklist – or two or three.  Because writing and sharing Best Of lists is a wonderful reminder of what was great about the past year…and there were some wonderful moments in picture books.

Here are my Best Picture Books of 2016

Best for teaching and understanding perspective: They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Best book to read twice – once for the pictures, then again for the endpapers: This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier

Best to share with a friend: We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

Best use of gutters to show the feeling of shyness: Shy by Deborah Freedman

Best for those who need to slow down and count their blessings: Penguin Problems by Jory John

Best read-aloud for the preschool crowd: Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant

Best for those who want solitude and are willing to go to great lengths to get it: Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol

Best bedtime story since The Napping House: It Is Not Time for Sleeping by Lisa Graff

Best for first-time or nervous air travelers of any age: The Airport Book by Lisa Brown

Best use of an inanimate object to encourage selfless kindness: It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton

Best step-by-step book: Lion Lessons by Jon Agee

Best back-to-school book EVER…from the school’s perspective to boot: School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex

Best “wait one minute…that’s not what was suppose to happen!” book: A Hungry Lion (or a dwindling assortment of animals) by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Best explanation of math concepts for the young crowd: The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat

Best ending to a beloved series: The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

Best to share with to anyone who questions the true meaning of love: Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

Best for showing the ups and downs of friendship: Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis

Best book I missed the first go-around…and best for teaching decoding and inference: Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

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  1. Pingback: Du Iz Tak? | Librarian Arika

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