2017 Children’s Choice Book Awards

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2017 Children's Choice Book Awards

It’s that time of year again! Be sure to encourage your kiddos to vote for their favorite books in 2017 Children’s Choice Book Awards.

Launched in 2008 by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, the awards provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about new books being written for them.

How were these finalists chosen? Each year, over 36,000 children from different regions of the U.S. read, discuss, and choose their favorite new books, with supervision from the International Literacy Association. The most popular books in each age group become the Children’s Choice Book Award finalists.

Voting is open March 3 to May 7, 2017. Winners will be announced on May 31st at a special ceremony featuring the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang and publicized nationally!
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In the K-2 category my kiddos voted for Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching.
This adorable picture book captivates readers with vibrant illustrations and humor. Peep and Egg are the perfect duo to show children that “sometimes you just need a little bit of help to break out of your shell.”

Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching by Laura Gehl and Joyce Wan

Peep and Egg I'm Not Hatching

From Goodreads:

Egg is not hatching.

No way. No how.

It is too scary out there.

Peep wants Egg to hatch so they can do fun things together, like watch the sunrise, splash in puddles, and play hide-and-seek.
But Egg is not cracking…

Joyce Wan’s bright and bold illustrations will have young chickies giggling at Laura Gehl’s reassuring tale that takes the not out of I’m not.

Grade 3-4 category:

This debut by Andrea Zuill entertains readers with fantastic illustrations and snappy text. A hilarious representation about what dogs think!

Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill

Wolf Camp

From Goodreads:

Meet Homer, a dog who heads to camp to live like a wolf! Here’s the perfect book for the legions of kids out there who love dogs and funny books.

Homer is a dog . . . but he also secretly fancies himself part wolf. So when an invitation to attend WOLF CAMP (“Where every dog can live as a wolf for a week”) falls out of his kibble bag one morning, he’s determined to go. After his people finally agree, Homer boards the bus bound for Wolf Camp, along with fellow campers Trixie and Rex. They’re greeted on the other end by wolf counselors Fang and Grrr (“they seem nice”), and what follows is an array of wolf activities, including learning to howl, mark, and hunt. Of course, Homer’s a little homesick at times, and the food isn’t very good, but that just makes heading home all the sweeter.

Perfect for all those kids anticipating camp themselves, Zuill’s debut introduces a charmer of a dog and puts him in some laugh-out-loud scenarios.

Grade 5-6 category: 

My son was bummed that The Wild Robot was not an option. He read this book four times in three weeks! He often read it to his little sister before bed. One night I overheard her say, “Pause the story! I have to pee!”

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My children didn’t read any of the books in the grade 5-6 category, but I did! If I could vote, I’d vote for Booked by Kwame Alexander. I am always blown away by exceptional books written in verse because it is extremely difficult to pull off. Booked is a perfect example of how to do it right. 

Booked

From Goodreads:

Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/
can’t nobody cop you…
In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER,  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.
This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!

 I would LOVE to hear which titles your kiddos picked!
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Happy reading!

1000 Picture Books in 2016~December

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I just learned that my husband and sister thought I was reading 1000 picture books per month this year. Wow! If that were the case there would be zero time for anything else! But…I did meet my goal for the 1000 Picture Books in 2016 Reading Challenge.

Kid lit reading stats for 2016:

Picture books: 1005

Middle Grade: 7

Young Adult: 1

I’m looking forward to reading more MG and YA in 2017. I’d appreciate recommendations!

Visit my January-November posts for Goodreads links to the picture books I read in 2016.

Top 17 picks for December!

1. The Water Princess by Susan Verde

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2. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas

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3. Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina

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4. Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski

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5. The Journey by Fancesca Sanna

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6. A Well-Mannered Young Wolf by Jean Leroy

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7. Alice & Lucy Will Work for Bunk Beds by Jaime Temairik

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8. More-igami by Dori Kleber

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9. Ninja Baby by David Zeltser

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10. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

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11. The Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee

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12. Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle

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13. Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff

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14. A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins

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15. Ida, Always by Caron Levis

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16. Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

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17. Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen

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1000 Picture Books in 2016~November

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November is Picture Book Month, and we definitely celebrated at our house! My kiddos fell in love with Not Your Typical Dragon and Nerdy Birdy. We will be adding these two hilarious books to our home library. The Tree Lady is a must-read nonfiction picture book. I also highly recommend A Hat for Mrs. Goldman for its wonderful message, and Shy for its gorgeous art.

Visit my January-October posts for Goodreads links to the picture books I’ve read in 2016.

Top 18 picks for November!

1. The Monsters’ Monster by Patrick McDonnell

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2. The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito

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3. Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio

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4. Goodnight Already! by Jory John

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5. Shy by Deborah Freedman

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6. A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards

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7. The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins

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8. Pirasaurs! by Josh Funk

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9. Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith

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10. Samson in the Snow by Philip C. Stead

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11. A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary

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12. Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el

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13. Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds

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14. Flight School by Lita Judge

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15. Mr. Squirrel and the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser

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16. The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

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17. Just Like Daddy by Ovi Nedelcu

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18. Rodeo Red by Maripat Perkins

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1000 Picture Books in 2016~October

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I have 161 picture books to go to complete the 1000 Picture Books in 2016 Reading Challenge! I discovered a new favorite wordless picture book this month (Hank Finds an Egg) as well as a new favorite interactive book (Tap the Magic Tree). I am a huge fan of Oliver Jeffers. His new book (A Child of Books) has an incredible message with mind-blowing art. Jane Yolen’s newest book (What to Do With a Box) is also brilliant. Happy reading!

Visit my January-September posts for Goodreads links to the picture books I’ve read in 2016.

Top 19 picks for October!

1. Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley

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2. I Am Yoga by Susan Verde

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3. Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

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4. Water Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas

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5. How to Track a Truck by Jason Carter Eaton

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6. Albie’s First Word by Jacqueline Tourville

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7. The King of Little Things by Bil Lepp

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8. The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

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9. Crankenstein by Samantha Berger

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10. Click, Clack, Surprise! by Doreen Cronin

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11. Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park

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12. First Snow by Bomi Park

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13. I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino

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14. The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep by Caroline Nastro

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15. Max at Night by Ed Vere

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16. A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers

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17. Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer

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18. Tea Rex by Molly Idle

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19. What to Do With a Box by Jane Yolen

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My kiddos LOVE boxes!

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1000 Picture Books in 2016~September

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I read 155 picture books in September. This month I decided to focus on titles from the last three years. I discovered several of these books during a 12 x 12 webinar with children’s librarian and All the Wonders podcast creator, Matthew Winner.

Visit my January-August posts for Goodreads links to the picture books I’ve read in 2016.

Top 26 picks for September!

1. A Poem in Your Pocket by Margaret McNamara

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2. Blizzard by John Rocco

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3. Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis

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4. Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill

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5. Before After by Anne-Margot Ramstein

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6. Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs by Linda Sue Park

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7. Armstrong: A Mouse on the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann

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8. Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won

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9. Special Delivery by Philip C. Stead

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10. My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth

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11. Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle

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12. They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

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13. Roger is Reading a Book by Koen van Biesen

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14. Adventures With Barefoot Critters by Teagan White

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15. Where Bear? by Sophy Henn

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16. The Sleepy Songbird by Suzanne Barton

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17. Rock-a-Bye Romp by Linda Ashman

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18. The Forgetful Knight by Michelle Robinson

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19. McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angleberger

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20. Ursa’s Light by Deborah Marcero

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21. Peanut Butter & Brains by Joe McGee

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22. Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating

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23. Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

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24. Pond by Jim LaMarche

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25. School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex

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26. Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan

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1000 Picture Books in 2016~August

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I read 139 picture books this month! I had a difficult time deciding which ones to include in my top picks list, but I feel there is a nice mix of fiction, nonfiction, humor, as well as books celebrating diversity.

Visit my January-July posts for Goodreads links to the picture books I’ve read in 2016.

Top 27 picks for August! 

1. Just a Lucky So and So by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Just a Lucky So and So

2. Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer

Nugget and Fang

3. I Don’t Like Koala by Sean Ferrell

I Don't Like Koala

4. Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman

Job Wanted

5. Ooko by Esme Shapiro

Ooko

6. Lion Lessons by Jon Agee

Lion Lessons

7. Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett

Count the Monkeys

8. Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter

Lillian's Right to Vote

9. President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett

President Taft is Stuck in the Bath

10. Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor

Hoot Owl Master of Disguise

11. Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli

Tricky Vic

12. Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky

Cloth Lullaby

13. Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph by Lucy Margaret Rozier

Jackrabbit McCabe

14. Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler

Beyond the Pond

15. Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi

Some Bugs

16. A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Ko

A Dog Wearing Shoes

17. Lizard from the Park by Mark Pett

Lizard from the Park

18. I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien

I'm New Here

19. The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

The Tea Party in the Woods

20. My Pen by Christopher Myers

My Pen

21. Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian

Memoirs of a Goldfish

22. Rose’s Garden by Peter H. Reynolds

Rose's Garden

23. The Skunk by Mac Barnett

The Skunk

24. Mama’s Nightingale by Edwidge Danticat

Mama's Nightingale

25. Yard Sale by Eve Bunting

Yard Sale

26. The New Small Person by Lauren Child

The New Small Person

27. Night Animals by Gianna Marino

Night Animals

 

1000 Picture Books in 2016~July

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I am posting this a few days early because I’m going camping with friends and family in Cascade, Idaho. Here’s a photo of my friend Scott from our last lake adventure :).

Scott flyboarding rev

Flyboarding!

This month I discovered a nice mixture of sweet, inspiring, and hilarious picture books. Visit my January-June posts for Goodreads links to the picture books I’ve read in 2016.

1. Frankie Liked to Sing by John Seven

Frankie Liked to Sing

2. The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game by Nancy Churnin

The William Hoy Story

3. Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin

Robo Sauce

4. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Interrupting Chicken

5. Mustache! by Mac Barnett

Mustache

6. The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

The Book With No Pictures

7. Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison

Extraordinary Jane

8. The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett

The Girl and the Bicycle

9. I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein

I'm My Own Dog

10. Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber

The Flight of the Honey Bee

11. This Bridge Will Not Be Gray by Dave Eggers

This Bridge Will Not be Gray

12. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko

The Case for Loving

13. Mr. Wuffles! by Davis Wiesner

Mr Wuffles

14. Migrant by Maxine Trottier

Migrant

15. A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid

A Pet for Petunia

16. The Only Child by Guojing

The Only Child

17. Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt

Warning Do Not Open This Book

18. The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman

The Matchbox Diary

 

 

 

1000 Picture Books in 2016~June

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I have read 400 picture books so far this year. I discovered some gems in June that I am excited to share with you. Happy reading!

Visit my January-May posts for Goodreads links to the picture books I’ve read in 2016.

1. No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart

No Monkeys, No Chocolate

2. Hana Hashimoto Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

Hana Hashimoto

3. Max the Brave by Ed Vere

Max the Brave

4. Little Tree by Loren Long

Little Tree

5. Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate

Ivan the remarkable

6. Lenny and Lucy by Philip C. Stead

Lenny and Lucy

7. Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder

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8. The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

The Gardener

9. Quackers by Liz Wong

Quackers

10. If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

If you plant a seed

11. Luis Paints the World by Terry Farish

Luis Paints the World

12. Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira

Ribbit

13. The Bear Report by Thyra Heder

The Bear Report

14. Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee

Tell Me a Tattoo Story

15. My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

My Lucky Day

16. A Rock Can Be . . . by Layra Purdie Salas

A Rock Can Be

17. Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

Red A Crayon's Story

 

 

 

1000 Picture Books in 2016~May

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The 1000 Picture Books in 2016 Reading Challenge has encouraged me to read a greater variety of picture books. I hadn’t read many wordless picture books or nonfiction picture books until I participated in this challenge. Hooray for reading challenges!

Visit my January-April posts for Goodreads links to the picture books I’ve read so far this year. Here’s my top 15 picks from my May reading list. Happy reading!

Top 15 picks for May!

1. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Flora and the Flamingo

2. Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow

Have You Seen Elephant

3. How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth

4. What to Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot by Michelle Robinson

What to Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot

5. Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd

Finding Wild

6. Ollie and Claire by Tiffany Strelitz Haber

Ollie and Claire

7. I Am Otter by Sam Garton

I Am Otter

8. Cock-a-Doodle Oops! by Lori Degman

Cock-a-Doodle Oops

9. Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

Thunder Boy Jr

10. Snoring Beauty by Sudipta Quallen Bardham

Snoring Beauty

11. The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett

The Princess and the Pig

12. I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll

I Need My Monster

13. Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

Sidewalk Flowers

14. The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty

The Snatchabook

15. Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford

Infinity and Me

1000 Picture Books in 2016~April

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Hooray for reading challenges! I am determined to read 1000 picture books in 2016. Visit my January-March posts for Goodreads links to the picture books I’ve read so far this year. This month, I decided to showcase my favorites from my April reading list. Happy reading!

Top 15 picks for April!

1. Chicken Lily by Lori Mortensen

Chicken Lily

2. Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

Meerkat Mail

3. The Cow Who Climbed a Tree by Gemma Merino

The Cow Who Climbed a Tree

4. Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run

5. The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

The Bear and the Piano

6. Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

7. Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast

8. My Name is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee

My Name is Elizabeth

9. If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano

If You Want to See a Whale

10. Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

Let's Sing a Lullaby With the Brave Cowboy

11. Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Exclamation Mark

12. The Grumpy Pets by Kristine A. Lombardi

The Grumpy Pets

13. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Last Stop on Market Street

14. Dear Tabby by Carolyn Crimi

Dear Tabby

15. Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague

Dear Mrs. LaRue