Picture book picks for 2019, as selected by The Bookies Bookstore
1. THE WORD COLLECTOR
Adored by teachers and kids alike, this book is all about words and how easy they are to fall in love with. A great way to foster an appreciation of our little lettered friends via our hero, Jerome.
2. WE DON’T EAT OUR CLASSMATES
In one of the year’s biggest hits, our star, Penelope Rex, has a problem. She’s nervous about school. Her classmates have a problem, too. She wants to eat everything, including them.
3. OCEAN MEETS SKY
A gloriously illustrated book about immigration and memory. A very touching dream-like quality transcends this picture book, which has been at the top of art lists throughout the world.
4. COUNTING ON KATHERINE
This book details the life of NASA’s Katherine Johnson, largely credited with saving the Apollo 13 mission. While the story is breathtaking in its historical importance, it hits home because it is illustrated by Colorado artist Dow Phumiruk.
A lush and lovely edition that is predicted to win many awards this year. It’s an important story about the power of reading and how the written word reminds us that all our stories are shared ones.
6. THE SNOWY NAP
Few names elicit as much excitement in the picture book world as Jan Brett; her latest is providing hours of cozy rereading around fires this season. Hedgie wants to delay his nap as much as possible to take in the wintry wonder of his world.
7. THE DAY YOU BEGIN
We all know what it’s like to have a first day somewhere. It’s scary, and no matter how crowded it is, you can feel utterly, totally alone. Jacqueline Woodson perfectly captures that feeling, then teaches us all how to push through it to greatness.
8. A PARADE OF ELEPHANTS
Everyone loves Kevin Henkes, and books like this one are why. A counting book full of fun, color, and the kind of joy you can only get with a Henkes picture book. There’s room in the parade for all!
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