It took me forever to pick my my favorite picture books of 2015. But I read more and more to be sure I had a list of books your kids would love. And finally it’s done!! I hope this gives you lots of good snuggly reading times with your children. 🙂
My Favorite Picture Books 2015
We loved this hilarious story of a warrior princess whose parents get her a kazillion cute sweaters — which warriors DON’T NEED. When Princess Pinecone asks for a horse, she gets a cute pony instead. (But totally cute.) Pinecone and her pony watch for the right moment to join in a battle but Otto the Awful runs straight at them!!! Instead of attacking, he pets the cute pony. Soon all the warriors are petting the pony. To help the warriors show their cuddly sides, Pinecone gifts them all her cozy sweaters.
2. The Bear Report by Thyra Heder
I just LOVE this story! It all starts with a homework assignment (a report!) about polar bears. Olafur, the polar bear, arrives to help Sophie learn more about his species — and that they’re not mean like she thinks. He takes Sophie to his land and shows her all about his life. It’s so beautiful and eye-opening for Sophie. Sophie returns home to write the best report ever! Gorgeous illustrations throughout.
This is “true” picture book in the sense that the illustrations tell MUCH of the stories. Let’s take this story for example: “One day I went to school. I came home. The end.” Readers will see her walking to school and playing with her cat, making a huge mess during science at school, feeling sad, getting ice cream from the truck . . . It’s such a clever book.
Can you relate to this scenario? Mom says, “Hurry” but the little boy says, “Wait.” We see that in the hurry we miss the beauty of the little boy’s “wait” — like the rainbow they both notice together at the end. Great message.
5. One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl & Tom Lichtenheld
HAHA – this is the silliest “counting” picture book you’ll read! It’s counting and subtracting and patterns and did I mention silliness? It’s sure to be a new kid-favorite.
Pay close attention to this wordless picture book. Walrus and penguin escape from the zoo and wander the city. Can you find them? Together they have many fun adventures and walrus even finds love! Excellent.
There’s only one drop of maple syrup left! Sir French Toast and Lady Pancake race through the refrigerator with eye-popping illustrations and rhyme. It’s not only funny but it teaches a valuable lesson, too.
This is a wonderful story about friendship, clicks, and acceptance! Nerdy Birdy is not cool . . . and he’s lonely. When he finds other nerdy birds, they invite him to be friends. But Nerdy Birdy learns that his new friends aren’t as accepting as he thought. They won’t let Vulture join their group! So Nerdy Birdy befriends Vulture. Both birds know what it’s like to be lonely and think there’s always room for another friend.
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