Best Picture Books 2015

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Each year “School Library Journal” announces their picks for the best books in categories relating to young readers.

Here are four of their choices for best picture books for very young readers.

“8: An Animal Alphabet” by Elisha Cooper.  Coming up with a new approach to an alphabet book is not an easy thing,9780545470834_p0_v1_s118x184.jpg but Cooper manages to accomplish this challenge.  Each page in this oversize book features animals whose names begin with the letter for that page.  All animals are featured once except for a chosen animal which is seen eight times on the page.  Why eight?  “Because 8 is great,” states the author.

“Wolfie the Bunny” by Ame Dyckman is geared to preschool to grade one readers.  When an adorable wolf cub appears on their doorstep, Mama and Papa Bunny are immediately charmed.  But another family member believes that adopting Wolfie will only lead to trouble.  Text and illustrations work together to tell a funny tale of sibling bonding.9780316226141_p0_v2_s192x300.jpg

“Thank You and Good Night” written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell has the look of a classic picture book.  The pen and ink and watercolor illustrations tell the story of animal friends who convert a child’s bedtime routine into a fun pajama party.9780316338011_p0_v1_s118x184.jpg

“Lenny & Lucy” by the imaginative children’s author Philip Stead is geared to children preschool to grade two.  Peter and his dog have troubled settling into their new home at the edge of a forest.  He constructs barriers to protect himself from evils he fears are lurking in the woods.  It isn’t until he meets a neighbor that his fears subside.9781596439320_p0_v1_s192x300.jpg

All of these books are available at the library.

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