Almost by Richard Torrey
Probably my daughter’s favorite picture book for the year – I think she related to the younger sibling aspect, even though the main character is closer in age to my son instead of her. She liked to “read” it to me, by reciting the text since she knew it all by memory.
Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen
Perhaps my son’s favorite picture book of the year. The illustrations, the topic, and the inclusion of a telescope and giant robot all combined to be a BIG HIT. Pun very much intended.
The Great Divide: A Mathematical Marathon by Dayle Ann Dodds, illustrated by Tracy Mitchell
Who knew division could be so entertaining? Not that the kids realize what’s going on in the book; they just think it’s fun.
Full House: An Invitation to Fractions by Dayle Ann Dodds, illustrated by Abby Carter
Another math picture book, another one beloved by my daughter. Both kids really enjoy Dodds work – no idea if it’s making any impact on them from a mathematical standpoint, but the books are fun regardless.
Journey by Aaron Becker
A wonderful wordless picture book, with a storyline that reminded me just a bit of Harold and the Purple Crayon, although the illustration style is completely different.
Tweak Tweak by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
My daughter adored this one, and asked for it again and again and again. She also tried to reenact it, which was awfully cute.
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
My daughter especially enjoyed this one. It’s a very quick, very cute read, with lots of simple rhymes that encouraged my kids to guess the sentence ending. It was an ideal library book – we read it endlessly for about 6 weeks, and then happily sent it back for fresh material.
Musk Ox Counts by Erin Cabatingan, illustrated by Matthew Myers
Funny story line, cute illustrations – my kids think it’s hilarious, even though they’re too young to get all the jokes. Maybe they just like the illustrations that much? I don’t like it as much as A Is for Musk Ox, but it’s still a cute counting book.
Nonfiction Picture Books
I Can Name 50 Trees Today! by Bonnie Worth, illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu
The Cat in the Hat nonfiction titles were new to us this year, and we read several of them. This was the most popular, but they also really liked the Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry? one.
The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature by Stan & Jan Berenstain
I’ve lost track of how many times we read this one, but it might have been the most frequently read title of the year.
Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? by Robert E. Wells
My son adores the Wells science series, and this is probably his favorite. Blue whales and outer space and so much fun!
My son seems to love all the Usborne books we ever read, and this was no exception. We read it quickly, and then reread it and reread it.
Things People Do by Anne Civardi, illustrated by Stephen Cartwright
This was initially a good-but-not-great book for my son, and then he hit the halfway point of it and became obsessed with it, looking at it by himself whenever he could.
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The book that turned my son into a chapter book reader – this is the first book we (successfully) read that wasn’t illustrated on every page, with a plot that continued on through successive chapters. We read it multiple times as well, with both kids asking repeatedly for the story about the “four hungry kids.”
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
An excellent bridge from picture books to chapter books – each chapter stands alone, it’s got illustrations on every page, and the plot is easy to follow.
Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Another excellent bridge from picture to chapter books. My 3 1/2 year old daughter especially loved this one – she found the story line to be really funny.
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