picture books

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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Kid Lit

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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picture books

1000 Picture Books in 2016~August

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

 

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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 :).

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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

 

 

 

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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

Swan the life and dance

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

 

 

 

Children's books · Kid Lit

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