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!



  1. 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:

    If You Were a Dog
    By Jamie A. Swenson

    Julia’s House for Lost Creatures
    By Ben Katke

    The Boy on the Page
    By Peter Carnavas

    The Mermaid and the Shoe
    By K G Campbell

  2. 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:

    Three Bears in a Boat
    By David Soman

    Little Elliot, Big City
    By Mike Curato

    Shh! We Have a Plan
    By Chris Haughton

    Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse
    By Torben Kuhlmann

  3. Flashlight
    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:

    The Girl and the Bicycle
    By Mark Pett

    By Raúl Colón

    The River
    By Alessandro Sanna

    Fox’s Garden
    By Princesse Camcam

  4. Gaston
    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:

    The Baby Tree
    By Sophie Blackall

    Larry and Friends
    By Carla Torres

    Hug Machine
    By Scott Campbell

    Hooray for Hat!
    By Brian Won

  5. Goodnight Songs
    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:

    Sweetest Kulu
    By Celina Kalluk & Alexandria Neonakis

    By Scott Magoon

    Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons
    By Jon J Muth

    May the Stars Drip Down
    By Jeremy Chatelain & Nikki McClure

  6. 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:

    A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
    By Patrick McDonnell

    Louise Loves Art
    By Kelly Light

    Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
    By Christine Baldacchino & Isabelle Malenfant

    The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art
    By Barb Rosenstock & Mary GrandPre

  7. 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:

    100 Things That Make Me Happy
    By Amy Schwartz

    The Rules of Summer
    By Shaun Tan

    1 to 20, Animals Aplenty
    By Katie Viggers

    The Odd One Out
    By Britta Teckentrup

  8. 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:

    Work: An Occupational ABC
    By Kellen Hatanaka

    Alphabetabum: An Album of Rare Photographs and Medium Verses
    By Vladimir Radunsky & Chris Raschka

    Take Away the A
    By Michaël Escoffier & Kris Di Giacomo

    Books Always Everywhere
    By Jane Blatt

  9. Gravity
    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:

    Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do
    By Steve Jenkins

    By John Rocco

    Hands & Hearts: With 15 Words in American Sign Language
    By Donna Jo Napoli & Amy Bates

    Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual
    By Kate Samworth

  10. 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:

    The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
    By Jen Bryant & Melissa Sweet

    The Scraps Book
    By Lois Ehlert

    Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar
    By Keith Richards & Theodora Richards

    Viva Frida
    By Yuyi Morales

  11. More great reads:

    Nancy Knows
    By Cybele Young

    What Do You Do With an Idea?
    By Kobi Yamada

    Coming Home
    By Greg Ruth

    By Anne Bertier

    A Gift for Mama
    By Linda Ravin Lodding & Alison Jay

Did we forget any of your favorite reads? Let us know in the comments below and seasons readings!

About Danielle Steinberg

Danielle Steinberg

Danielle received her Masters in Education which led her to a spot on the PBS Parents team in 2011. She now works full time as a producer of content and social media for PBS Digital Studios and continues to work as a web producer for PBS Parents.

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