Best Picture Books

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A little girl and her unicorn friend come to life on these cleverly-colored pages. The bright colors are engaging to young readers and they’ll love this cute little story that teaches them perseverance and determination through the little girl’s passion and art. This book is suitable for children ages 2 to 5.

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This story emphasizes friendship and helping others through the cute little animals and likable characters. Their adventure is fun, the drawings are engaging and the writing is witty, keeping the attention of young readers. This book is great for children ages 3 to 7.

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“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” tells the illogical story of cause and effect through a persistent mouse and a willing boy. It comes complete with detailed pictures any child is sure to enjoy. This is the first book in its series, which also features stories like “If You Give a Pig a Pancake” and “If You Give a Moose a Muffin.” The 40-page story is ideal for children in preschool and beyond..

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This is a story that never gets old. Twenty-five years later, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is still a favorite in homes and classrooms alike. Vibrant, colorful pictures motivate early readers and encourage them to “read” on their own. This book is ideal for 2- to 5-year-olds.

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“Dragons Love Tacos” introduces the steps for developing friendships, and shows what may go wrong when you invite dragons to a party. It’s a silly story designed to get laughs and is great for family reading time or library circles. This New York Times bestseller is excellent for children ages 2 to 7.

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If you could have a conversation with a crayon, what do you think they would say? See Duncan’s crayons come alive through bright illustrations and clever prose. “The Day the Crayons Quit” is a winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award.

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The illustrations in “Grumpy Monkey” are funny, appealing and poignant. The story teaches children that they should be allowed to feel their feelings, whether good or bad. At the same time, it helps them understand that they shouldn’t use their bad day as an excuse to make others feel bad. The best audience for “Grumpy Monkey” is children ages 3 to 7.

Expert Commentary
“Although these are picture books, these stories are ones your littles will go back to over and over again. My children love books with rich illustrations; even as they get older; they still light up for beautiful illustrations and seem to appreciate the books even more. This genre is likely the first they will ‘read,’ memorizing words and reciting the book back to you. For under 4 and up to 7, I recommend anything by Eric Carle or ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.’ Note: ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’ is a fun book, but be sure to be ready for an intro to sarcasm.”