January 9, 2017

Read in 2016: Picture Books

Last year I read 175 books, approximately 50,000 pages! Though many of the titles I read will be featured in more in-depth upcoming book reviews, I thought I'd break-down the list of everything I read this year in a series of posts over the course of January. Today's post will highlight all 30 of the picture books I read in 2016, in random order.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
by William Joyce

This book actually brought a tear to my eyes. A beautiful story about the power of reading? Yes, please! Just a great read. Read my full review.

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
by Lindsay Mattick

So cute. The real story about how there came to be a bear in the London Zoo named Winnie who would catch the attention of a young a visitor named Christopher Robin and inspire his father A.A. Milne to write the beloved Winnie-the-Pooh tales.

What Do You Do with an Idea?
by Kobi Yamada

A lovely picture book about the value of children's imaginations. The pencil and watercolor illustrations are frame-worthy. Read my full review.

The Three Questions
by Jon J. Muth

A picture book adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's short story, "The Three Questions." A profound story about moral philosophy as questioned by great thinkers and yet still deeply meaningful here rendered with animal characters. A great message for adults and children alike.

What Do You Do with a Problem?
by Kobi Yamada

Encouragement for little kids and therapy for grown-ups.

Nanette's Baguette
by Mo Willems

Great illustrations, funny, and enjoyable for kids and their parents.

The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors
by Jan & Stan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears learn humility after judging their atypical neighbors Clem, Shem, and Lem Bogg.

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
by Dr. Seuss

The audiobook version of this collection is fantastic.

The Berenstain Bears Ready, Get Set, Go!
by Jan & Stan Berenstain

A good picture book for early picture book readers.

The Berenstain Bears and the Wild, Wild Honey
by Jan & Stan Berenstain

I love this Berenstain Bear story about Papa Bear because it's so similar to Winnie-the-Pooh.

Amelia Bedelia Collection
by Peggy Parish

A childhood favorite.

by Aaron Becker

Picks up where Journey left off.

Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask to Be in This Book
by Julie Falatko

A humorous picture book for kids. Read my full review.

A Bad Case of Stripes
by David Shannon
Ultimately, a story of self-acceptance.

by Aaron Becker

A wordless picture books wherein a bored girl uses drawing and her imagination to explore new worlds.

Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Pena

A brightly illustrated picture book about a boy riding the bus with his grandmother. Through their weekly Sunday rides, she teaches him about respect, life, gratitude, and community.

The Elves and the Shoemaker
by Jim LaMarche

Fantastic illustrations.

Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks
by Corey Rosen Schwartz

A Kung-fu animal retelling of Hansel & Gretel.

The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts
by Jan & Stan Berenstain

Brother Bear gets frustrated when a younger friend named Billy ruins his model airplane and he has to learn to be more kind and patient.

by Adam Rubin

Brightly colored and interactive (fold-out) illustrations.

Remarkable Animals: Mix & Match to Create 100 Crazy Creatures
by Tony Meeuwissen

A cute, interactive picture book well suited for beginning readers. Read my full review.

The Berenstain Bears and the Substitute Teacher
by Jan & Stan Berenstain

It was funny that the kids thought their new teacher meant business when she showed up in designer jeans, hoop earrings, tinted glasses, and a sports car.

The Berenstain Bears Shoot the Rapids
by Jan & Stan Berenstain

Papa Bear is ridiculous, bless him.

The Berenstain Bears to the Rescue
by Jan & Stan Berenstain

More adventures with Papa Bear.

Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter: Deluxe Cut Paper Edition
by Sam McBratney

Fun paper cuts.

The Berenstain Bears Get the Scaredies
by Jan & Stan Berenstain

 Great rhymes for early readers.

The Berenstain Bears' Nursery Tales
by Jan & Stan Berenstain

An illustrated compilation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the Little Red Hen, and the Gingerbread Man.

River Rose and the Magical Lullaby
by Kelly Clarkson

The famed singer writes her first picture book for young readers.

Olivia and the Missing Toy
by Ian Falconer

Many young readers simply adore Olivia.

Give Please a Chance
by Bill O'Reilly

A bestselling picture book about the power of "please."

Which pictures books did you enjoy reading last year?

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