Posted by: nancyisanders | July 13, 2012

List of Favorite Current Picture Books

Here’s a list of 20 of my favorite recently published picture books. It’s not a total list by far! But during the picture book mentor group I hosted this past spring at my house with a small group of published authors, I read over 80 current picture books published since 2010. That was each of our goals and then we met to discuss our favorites. Many of these are on this list.

It was so exciting to also hear about other people’s favorites, too! I added some of these to my list of favs, too!

Order these books in from your local library or go read them at your local bookstore. Fill out a picture book rubric for each one and put it in your personal writer’s notebook so you can evaluate each picture book from a writer’s point of view. Post reviews about these picture books on your blog. Give 5-star reviews of these books on Goodreads and Amazon. Use these books as springboards of inspiration to help you become a better picture book writer.

Also, don’t be surprised if you don’t care for some of the picture books I do. There were actually 2 picture books that I read at the store and didn’t care for them AT ALL. Yet when we met together as a group, the other members had LOVED them! And I found out both were Caldecott Honor award winners!!!! So personal tastes can really vary among readers, writers, editors and everyone who loves picture books.

Here’s the list. Read them and enjoy!

All Kind of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner
Betty Bunny Wants Everything by Michael Be. Kaplan
The Biggest Kiss by Joana Walsh
Big Hugs Little Hugs by Felicia Bond
The Blue House Dog by Deborah Blumenthal
The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee
Builder Goose: It’s Construction Rhyme Time by Boni Ashburn
The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barb Rosenstock
Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond
Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
Crouching Tiger
Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill
Dinothesaurus by Douglas Florian
George Washington’s Birthday by Margaret McNamara

Join the Picture Book Celebration!!!
If you’d like to join in the celebration of picture books going on all summer long here on my blog, click here to find out how to hop on board.

If you’d like to post my logo on your blog, click here to find out how to do this.

If you’d like to visit other sites of picture book writers who are joining in the celebration by posting on their blogs about picture books this summer, click here to find the list. And follow the directions there to add your own blog to the list, too!


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