Tis’ the season to be reading! As 2014 comes to an end, browse this list of our favorite picture books released this year and make sure you’ve read them all! Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
- The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
By Dan Santat
An adorably animated tale of how imaginary friends are paired with children, “Beekle” inspires real children to find their place in the world.
More for the imaginative child:
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
By Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen
Sam and Dave set out on a visually appealing underground adventure, written and illustrated by the award-winning duo of Barnett and Klassen. Kids will love to read, reread and just look at this book.
More for the adventurous child:
By Lizi Boyd
A story told through black and white drawings with splashes of color bring life to a mysterious and magical tale of a boy and his trusty flashlight.
More wordless wonders:
By Kelly DiPucchio & Christian Robinson
Full of lessons and love, “Gaston” tells the story of family, friendships and fitting in through lovable animals.
More on lessons, love, family and friends:
By Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Twelve Award-Winning Picture Book Artists
Instantly recognizable illustration styles paired with never-before-seen rhymes and lullabies from “Goodnight Moon” author, Margaret Wise Brown, this bedtime book is sure to please.
More books perfect for bedtime:
Mix It Up!
By Herve Tullet
Tullet’s simplistic but exciting style is irresistible to children! Imperfect artwork while following charming directions makes for a fun, interactive reading experience.
More books for the imperfect artist:
Have You Seen My Dragon?
By Steve Light
Adventure, color, numbers, maps… just a few of the captivating features of this wonderfully fun-for-the-whole-family book.
More for list-lovers and number fanatics:
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters
By Oliver Jeffers
From the illustrator of “The Day The Crayons Quit” comes this book – a quirky, stunning and simple picture book that introduces children to the building blocks of books: letters.
More for letter-loving linguists:
By Jason Chin
How do you explain gravity – or any other complex educational topic – to small children? Through beautiful pictures and answers to questions they might ask about said topics. “Gravity” does both.
More books for the curious learner:
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
By Patricia Hruby Powell & Christian Robinson
Vibrant colors and jagged illustrations set the tone for this true story of how one woman, Josephine Baker powerfully and inspirationally overcame adversity.
More books for mini biography buffs:
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Did we forget any of your favorite reads? Let us know in the comments below and seasons readings!