6 Picture Books We’ve Been Loving Lately

6 picture books

It’s hot this week. I’m not usually one to stay inside to avoid the heat, but this week has been just too much for even a desert rat like me. That means our weekly trip to the library sounded much less appealing than usual. We’ve been coping by reading some old and new favorites over and over again. Here are 6 that are decidedly repeat worthy:

The Kiss that Missed by David Melling is an old favorite we were excited to rediscover at the library a few days ago. My favorite part might be the wild wood full of “wild creatures with wild eyes, too much hair and very bad manners.” I especially enjoy watching our third grader read it to his little sisters; it seems like not that long ago I was reading it to him as a baby.

The Baby Swap by Jan Ormerod and Andew Joyner. I have mixed feelings about most “dealing with a new baby” books, but this one is adorable. When Caroline gets tired of her little brother (he’s too dribbly, for starters), she takes him to the baby store to exchange him for something better.

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and David Small was completely new to me, despite being a NYT bestseller and a Caldecott honor book. I laughed out loud on page 3 when exceptionally proper Elliot has the following thought about a trip to the aquarium: “Kids, masses of noise kids.” Me too, Elliot. When Elliot sees the penguins, though, he’s found an animal he can appreciate: black feather tuxedos and proper posture for starters.

Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup follows a single tree through all the seasons of the year, with each page giving a closer look at the tree’s neighbors and inhabitants. The book is fairly light on text, which is definitely not a bad thing by the end of the night. It’s the illustrations and cutouts that really make this book special.

Sparky! by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans is great on so many levels. For starters, it’s a book about a sloth. I love picture books about unusual animals. The illustrations are muted and lovely, and the story is equally sweet. I kept hearing people talk about the book’s wonderful message, and rightfully so. The story of friendship is kind and encouraging without being preachy.

Monty’s Magnificent Mane by Gemma O’Neill is another we’ve loved for a few years, but it never ceases to impress. The colors in this book are fabulous. Plus I can sympathize with Monty when the meerkats destroy something he loves (albeit with good intentions). Is that not toddlers in a nutshell? But ultimately, I come back to the book for the illustrations. They are absolutely frame worthy.


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