Most of the time this column revolves around adult and teen titles, but recently, I had a stack of picture books come across my desk that I just have to share. I am not going to review each separately, because we would be here for days, so I will simply list them and include a snippet about each.
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham—In this funny take on an alphabet book, Zebra is doing his best to direct all the animals onto their correct pages, but Moose’s impatience is not making things easy.
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo—Elliot procures a penguin from the aquarium after misunderstanding his father approval for him to purchase a stuffed penguin. This is storytelling at its finest! Be prepared to read it again and again.
Vote For Me! by Ben Clanton—Just in time for election year, Donkey and Elephant are on the campaign trail and willing to do practically anything for a vote.
Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman—A boy and a robot are quick friends, but when Bot is accidentally switched off Boy thinks he is sick; and when Boy falls asleep Bot thinks Boy is broken. Each tries their own remedies to revive the other.
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Foglian—Caldecott winning illustrator Erin Stead takes this witty gardening story, that features a young boy and his dog, to a new level with simple, sweet illustrations.
Lola Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn—Lola from Lola at the Library is back and despite all the crying going on in her house, due to the arrival of her newborn brother, she is doing her best to introduce him to the wonderful world of books.
I’ll Save You Bobo! by Eileen and Marc Rosenthal—The coveted stuffed monkey from I Must Have Bobo is back and this time Earl the cat will stop at nothing to he gets his paws on Bobo.
One Special Day by Lola M. Schaefer—Spencer is many things—strong, wild, brave, free—but he is also gentle, especially when he is introduced to his newborn sibling for the first time.
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger—Readers explore the many shades of green through striking illustrations and clever page cutouts.
Yoko Learns to Read by Rosemary Wells—A library card opens up a new world for a non-English reading mother and daughter.
The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems—The pigeon from Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus returns for a starring role is the saga of how the duckling asked for and received a cookie.