16 Heart-Warming Picture Books

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Heart-Warming Picture Books

Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
“Mom, this is such a good book,” my 10-year old shared, handing it to me. Sure enough, she was right for the sweet friendship with the formerly scary DARK and the captivating collage-like illustrations. Orion and the Dark is a book that humanizes the dark making him a kind and adventurous friend for Orion, who was downright terrified of the DARK. But one night, the Dark came to visit. The Dark wasn’t at all what Orion expected. Now that the Dark is his friend, Orion knows he’ll never be scared again. (Books with Examples of Personification)

Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
Vincent and the Night
by Adele Enersen
Remember the creative mom who took photographs of her baby girl (who was sleeping) in various staged settings? She’s back with her baby boy, Vincent and this picture book is about his nighttime play with . . . the night! First he unravels it like a string, and then uses it to play. It’s such an adorable book and perfect for young children who might be afraid of the dark. They’ll see Vincent use the dark to make it into a violin, an elephant, a monkey with a bottle, and finally back to the dark around his crib.

Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
Henry Holton Takes the Ice
by Sandra Bradley, illustrated by Sara Palacios
This is a sweet picture book about finding your place, both in the world and in your family. Henry’s family loves hockey. But Henry doesn’t want to do hockey, he wants to do ice dancing. Being true to yourself makes all the difference, as we see in this story. (You might also like: Children’s Books about the Winter Olympics.)
Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
by Kalia Eunhye Seo
Oh, the wonder of childhood! Fred could see things others could not — things like imaginary creatures with whom he happily played. Until Fred went to school and got distracted with new friends, forgetting his old friends who he didn’t see anymore anyway. Fred grew up and felt very lonely. Until a little girl offered Fred and his friends a lollipop. And Fred remembered he was not alone, and his heart filled with warmth.
Jessica's Box
Jessica’s Box
by Peter Carnavas
Jessica is in a wheelchair and her first day at school is very disappointing. She thought she’d make lots of friends with her box and her bear so the next day she put cupcakes in her box. Not even a thank you. Jessica just wanted to disappear into her box. Which turned out to be a great way to start a hide and seek game with a new friend.

Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
Pirate, Viking & Scientist
by Jared Chapman
Scientist (the boy) was friends with Viking. He was also friends with Pirate. But, Scientist’s two friends don’t get along. Scientist hypothesizes what could make the two get along. Finally, after experimenting with cake and birthday games he gets it – they both like to pillage and plunder. Oh, happy day. Group hug! Or maybe group sword fight?

Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
The New Small Person
by Lauren Child
Elmore (who has dark skin color, good to see some diversity!) loves his life as an only child. Lauren Child wonderfully captures the abrupt and shocking transition from being the funniest, cleverest, most adorable person in his parent’s universe to having a new small person enter this universe. A small person who touches everything and follows Elmore everywhere at first is annoying but then the new small person helps Elmore with the scaries and understands about Elmore’s precious things.
Need a gift book to give to your child? This is a lovely declaration of unconditional love. Did you know? “Could you feel it in my hugs?” Another heart-warming picture book to add to your list.
Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
Knit Together
by Angela Dominguez
The mother knits and the daughter draws, but the daughter wants to knit only it’s hard for her. Together they collaborate — the daughter draws something that the mom knits. I love the solution of this story.

Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
Anna’s Heaven
by Stian Hole
This is one of those picture books where the illustrations tell more of the story than the words. Or at least are AS important as the words. We know Anna’s mother is in heaven and she and her father are sad. Anna remembers how her mom said birds were flowers that could fly and she sees swallow made of clouds while her dad sees nails shooting out of the clouds. She and her dad jump through the hole in the sky and sky swim. In the end, it’s enough to remember her mom and to make her dad smile.

Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
Stone Angel
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Katie May Green
A historical fiction picture book set during the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II, we follow a little girl and her family as they flee for their lives. Initially, the family stays in caves in the forest, but finally they get to England where they are safe. Throughout, the little girl thinks about her guardian angel, a stone angel on her Paris building, which she hopes is keeping her family safe. I like how Yolen portrays the emotions of the girl and the threat of concentration camps in an age-appropriate way. The muted illustrations match the somber but also hopeful tone of the story. Added to Picture Book About WWII and the Holocaust.

Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
Beautiful Moon: A Child’s Prayer by  Tonya Bolden, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
The little boy considers all of the people around the world and says a prayer for each — the people with no homes, the sick, the soldiers fighting wars, his teacher, his turtle, and more. It’s a beautiful reminder to think of others accompanied by gorgeous pictures.

Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
Matilda in the Middle: a Bunny Ballet Story
by Cori Doerrfeld
It’s not easy being the middle child — especially with so many other brothers and sisters who are always so busy and in the way. Will they be too busy to see her dance in her big ballet performance? Of course not! A lovely book for kids who sometimes feel invisible.

Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
The Song of Delphine
by Kenneth Kraegel
We loved this story about a servant girl in an African palace who sings to help with her loneliness. When the giraffes hear her songs, they befriend her. But the princess has her locked up — until the Queen hears her sing. Delphine finds her happily ever after with her new friend, the apologetic princess.

Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
Maple & Willow Together by Lori Nichols
The illustrations are adorably perfect for this sweet story about sisters who love to play with each other. Until they start fighting. But they don’t stay upset for long, they love each other too much. A wonderful sister story!

Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015
Rude Cakes
by Rowboat Watkins
Rude Cakes have no manners. Kind of like kids who are rude. But this isn’t about kids, it’s about cakes, one particular rude cake. And giant cyclopses who think that Rude Cake is a hat. So Rude Cake will have to learn to say please or he’ll be a cyclops hat forever. My daughter thought this was hilarious while I found it just so-so. (Picture Books About Manners)

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  1. Hey Melissa, I’m so happy to hear your daughter liked the book, and that you were open to sharing her enthusiasm with your readers even though you didn’t share it. That was very gracious of you. Many thanks!