2017 Favorites: Picture Books

As 2017 comes to a close, I thought I’d make my return to blogging with my favorite reads this year. In this post, I’m sharing my top 10 all-around (illustrations + story) favorite Picture Books I read (Note: not all of these books were published in 2017, this year marks the first time I’ve read them). I was enrolled in a Children’s literature course in the summer which completely livened up my appreciation and love for picture books. Picture books and their amazing authors provide extraordinary insight into the world and humanity through their beautiful illustrations and powerful messages..I often forget that these books are targeted toward children. But clearly, they are for everyone and I hope some of these titles spark your interest!

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio


Aspiring to be the first female president of the United States, Grace eagerly enters her school’s mock election. But the race is tough – her popular opponent believes himself to be the “best man for the job” but Grace wants to be the “best person.” Inspiring and timely, this story totally made me cry. You go girl!

Float by Daniel Miyares


Imagination leads to innovation in this wonderful, wordless story, filled with gorgeous black and white illustrations, with just a pop of color. On a rainy day, a boy takes his beloved paper boat out on an adventure.

Maple by Lori Nichols


Maple loves her name and she loves her tree. But there are times when Maple wishes she had other friends and wonders if her tree feels the same way. But then something wonderful happens – Maple becomes a big sister! A story in which a little girl’s unconditional love for her tree teaches her how to love her little sister.

She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton


Celebrate womanhood, feminism, and activism with this lovely book about 13 different inspiring American women who never took no for answer and changed the world in their own ways.

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio


(Another great story from DiPucchio…) Fell in love at first read with this adorable story about Gaston, a sweet French bulldog pup, who is quite different from his elegant poodle family members. When he meets a poodle pup living with French bulldogs, they decide to switch families, only to find that things don’t feel quite right.

A Letter to My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson


This one’s going to make you think about every one of your favorite teachers who took the time to really listen to you and knew just the right things to say, even when you didn’t make it so easy.

We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio


Vibrant illustrations and important messages regarding tolerance and self-love make this perfect for beginner readers and those who haven’t had a chance to read Palacio’s touching classic, Wonder.

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima


Unicorn and narwhal enthusiasts alike will absolutely adore this story about a unicorn, Kelp, who feels out of place living among narwhals. This one has a special place in my heart because it was read aloud during our Drag Queen story time at  my library where I work (also…it has unicorns and narhwals).

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo


A little boy goes to the city to visit his Nana. But the city can be an awfully scary place–it’s loud, there are lots of people, and there are some scary things out there. He doesn’t think it’s a good place for his Nana to live, but she gives him a gift that may change his mind. Perfect for city lovers or those like me, who love them too, but still find them to be scary and noisy!

I Got a New Friend by Karl Newsom Edwards


Books with puppies are definitely my weakness…A little girl gets a new puppy and they have a lot to learn about each other because getting a new pet means getting a new friend.

Do you like picture books too? What were your favorites that you read this year? Here’s to wishing another wonderful year filled with inspiring children’s books!

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