11 Picture Books That Will Make You This Year's Gift Giving Champion

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

A rhyming masterpiece, starring a curious little girl who has questions like all preschoolers and the tenacity to investigate them. And disco 70's style.

 

 

Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco

Featuring friendship that crosses generation and culture barriers, this story is a tear-jerker and sweetly promotes helping and neighborliness. Sorely needed in society today. 

 

 

 

Druthers by Matt Phelan

Creatively battling "I'm Bored" comments, story raises the bar for rainy days. Not to mention, teaches an applicable new word!

 

 

Why Do You Cry: Not a Sob Story

Confidently handles accepting and importantly, naming, feelings in the context of growing up. We all cry! What about you?

 

 

 

 

Fortunately by Remy Charlip

Alternatively handles joy with frustration, this classic tale promotes grit and perseverance. And some welcome silliness. 

 

 

 

 

Not So Fast, Songololo by Niki Daly

Touching, warm story featuring a shy child who is both called out as special and is a helper. There are relatively few books starring introverts, so this book will speak to the quieter child in your life. Sweet portrayal of grandma-grandson relationship. 

 

 

 

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

Layered and wildly imaginative, this book evidences how rips, smudges, and other art "mistakes" can open up new worlds. It's wonderfully interactive and surprising, especially at the end. 

 

 

Froodle by Antoinette Portis

Engaging and fun to read aloud, Froodle encourages creativity and being yourself. It's okay to be yourself and  unique. Kids love to hear all the silly sounds!

 

 

 

Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

Captivating, original story staring a little girl who cares too much what other people think. Well written, on point, and outstanding detailed illustrations. 

 

 

 

Tomo Explores the World by Trevor Lai

Adventurous, yet thoughtful, Tomo is a tinkerer with a spark of curiosity. He's brave and willing to push boundaries. His agency is clear as his passion guides him. 

 

 

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena; Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Teaching appreciation in a repetitive narrative the way children love. Reflects a life of not having what you want in a voice not often reflected in children's books.