Best picture books of 2018

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best picture books of 2018

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I could spend hours in bookstores and libraries, getting lost in the whimsical story lines and illustrations. Now that I am a mother of two young girls, I find particular joy in introducing them to my all-time favorite characters—Ferdinand, Ms. Frizzle, Amelia Bedelia—and in discovering new stories that are quickly becoming their classics. When my four-year-old think: a little Ramona Quimby had a rocky transition to preschool, one of the first tools I used to help her navigate the situation was a book— The Kissing Hand , by Audrey Penn. As a parent, I was reminded of the incredible value of books, as prescriptions for everyday problems. From a meditation on the importance of being quiet and still to a rhyming exploration of the diversity of life on Earth, my favorite books this year are ones with messages that help kids understand and interact in the world around them.
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For the very young, books are simpler and more magical than any other gift they could yearn for. And the best books not only help young readers understand themselves and the world better, but make them giggle, think, worry, consider, and engage all their other feelings, too. This is no easy trick, but it feels natural when a book pulls it off with grace.

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But beyond this, a rich and varied landscape of books for children and young adults is very much in evidence. In picture books, the Oi! Why such a renaissance? Fiona Noble. More of a trickle than a flood… nonetheless, as many of them stole the show, hopefully the industry will continue evolving in line with the world itself.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal may have left us, but her incredible and evocative stories continue. Pick up this book for the little readers in your house who may have trouble falling asleep and see if it makes bedtime a lot easier and a lot more fun. Chelsea Clinton inspired countless little activists with her 1 New York Times bestselling picture book, She Persisted. From Marie Curie to Malala Yousafzai, this companion book highlights 13 more remarkable women from around the world who followed their dreams. Celebrated author Jacqueline Woodson finds a way to reassure children that they are not alone in this poignant tale about how sharing our own personal experiences helps us to connect with others. In this companion to Penguin Problems , Edward the giraffe is very self-conscious about his super long neck. A lot of other animals, apparently.

Can you feel the force coming from the picture books? There is an abundance of great titles promoting kindness, positivity, and acceptance both for self and others. With so many amazing picture books to choose from, this was a hard list to put together. In this timely and charming story about the importance of being true to yourself, mindfulness, and standing by your friends, we meet Leonard, a lion, and his best friend Marianne, a. Leonard soon learns there are many ways to be a lion, and many ways to be a friend, and that sometimes finding just the right words can change the world.

Keep your family well read

Snow Sisters! From the publisher: When snowflakes fall, two sisters react very differently. One is excited and the other is wary. Meanwhile, the second sister stays indoors, becoming ever more curious about the drifts outside. But each sister puts her own unique spin on activities like sledding, baking, and building. From the publisher: Bagel loved to dance. It made him happier than a birthday cake!

From the award-winning team behind Last Stop on Market Street comes a story about a birthday girl on a walk with her big brother, the puffy dandelion she finds along the way, and the series of wishes she considers, all told against the backdrop of the family's Spanish-speaking community. Sensitively conceived and exuberantly executed. Larger themes about the importance of empathy add meaningful layers to each playfully juxtaposed scene. With exquisitely rendered mixed-media collages and timely, heart-pulling text, Caldecott Honor artist Morales traces the journey that she and her young son took when they immigrated from Mexico to the United States, and the succor that books and libraries offered as the two made their way in a new place. An affectionate and informative celebration of two magnificent species. Detailed illustrations invite close inspection, and the limited color palette and multipaneled spreads evoke a graphic novel style. The first in a comics-style early chapter series stars an animal odd couple in three short stories.

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