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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~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

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2. Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow

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3. How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson

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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

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7. I Am Otter by Sam Garton

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

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9. Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

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10. Snoring Beauty by Sudipta Quallen Bardham

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11. The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett

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12. I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll

I Need My Monster

13. Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

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14. The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty

The Snatchabook

15. Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford

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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

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2. Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

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3. The Cow Who Climbed a Tree by Gemma Merino

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

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5. The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

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

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7. Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

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8. My Name is Elizabeth! by Annika Dunklee

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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

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11. Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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12. The Grumpy Pets by Kristine A. Lombardi

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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

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1000 Picture Books in 2016~March

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Reading for Research Month is such a fantastic motivator. The insightful blog posts and mentor text recommendations were outstanding this year. Follow the new site to become a member of the ReFoReMo family!

ReFoReMo helped me revise several WIPs this month. One of the recommended mentor texts gave me an idea for my March 12 x 12 draft. I have always read a lot of picture books, but this reading challenge has helped me hone my craft. I am studying these picture books (with tools I learned in ReFoReMo) and applying what I learned to my own writing.

Be sure to join the One Thousand Picture Books Facebook group as well as the Goodreads group.

Here’s my March reading list with Goodreads links:

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  1. Even Monsters Say Good Night by Doreen Mulryan Marts
  2. The Woods by Paul Hoppe
  3. Deer Dancer by Mary Lyn Ray
  4. Stanley the Mailman by William Bee
  5. The Sniffles for Bear by Bonny Becker
  6. Strega Nona’s Gift by Tomie dePaola
  7. Frankencrayon by Michael Hall
  8. Do Princesses Scrape Their Knees? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle
  9. A Night at the Zoo by Kathy Caple
  10. Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne C. Jones
  11. I Don’t Want to Be a Pea! by Ann Bonwill
  12. Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos
  13. Baking Day at Grandma’s by Anika Denise
  14. Quest by Aaron Becker
  15. No Two Alike by Keith Baker
  16. The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits by Douglas Florian
  17. Counting Crows by Kathi Appelt
  18. The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein
  19. Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander
  20. Over the River and Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure by Linda Ashman
  21. Hoot and Peep by Lita Judge
  22. Telephone by Mac Barnett
  23. Seaver the Weaver by Paul Czajak
  24. In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van
  25. Thank you and Good Night by Patrick McDonnell
  26. Bug in a Vacuum by Melanie Watt
  27. Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead
  28. Sir Cumference and the Roundabout Battle by Cindy Neuschwander
  29. Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie on the Road by Joel Stewart
  30. Dino-Wrestling by Lisa Wheeler
  31. The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens
  32. Little Bea and the Snowy Day by Daniel Roode
  33. The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner
  34. No Nap! Yes Nap! by Margie Palatini
  35. Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
  36. Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
  37. The Biggest Kiss by J.M. Walsh
  38. Orlando on a Thursday by Emma Magenta
  39. I Can’t Do Anything! by Thierry Robberecht
  40. A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer
  41. Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier
  42. Your Alien by Tammi Sauer
  43. Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Moe Willems
  44. Art & Max by David Weisner
  45. Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
  46. Billy’s Booger by William Joyce
  47. The Boys by Jeff Newman
  48. Good Night, Truck by Sally Odgers
  49. Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems
  50. I Dare You Not to Yawn by Helene Boudreau
  51. Going Places by Peter H. Reynolds
  52. Love, Mouserella by David Ezra Stein
  53. The Day I Lost My Superpowers by Michael Escoffier
  54. This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
  55. Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming
  56. While You Were Napping by Jenny Offill
  57. Pretty Penny Makes Ends Meet by Devon Kinch
  58. Mutt Dog! by Stephen Michael King
  59. Some Days Are Lonely by Young-Ah Kim
  60. Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich
  61. Giddy-Up Buckaroos! by Shanda Trent
  62. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
  63. Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman
  64. Lucy and Lila by Alison Fletcher
  65. What’s the Opposite? by Oliver Jeffers
  66. The House That Zack Built by Alison Murray
  67. Hide and Sheep by Andrea Beaty
  68. Sandy’s Incredible Shrinking Footprint by Femida Handy and Carole Carpenter
  69. Run for Your Life!: Predators and Prey on the African Savanna by Lola M. Schaefer
  70. Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio
  71. My Teacher is a Monster! by Peter Brown
  72. Batman’s Dark Secret by Kelley Puckett
  73. The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
  74. Ten Creepy Monsters by Carey Armstrong-Ellis
  75. Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly Dean
  76. Digger and Tom! by Sebastien Braun
  77. Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner
  78. Pumpkin Time! by Erzsi Deak
  79. Snow Day for Mouse by Judy Cox
  80. The Stupids Step Out by Harry Allard
  81. Don’t Call Me Pruneface! by Janet Reed Ahearn
  82. The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton
  83. Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
  84. Smarty Marty’s Got Game by Amy Gutierrez
  85. Slow Down for Manatees by Jim Arnosky
  86. No Moon, No Milk! by Chris Babcock
  87. Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett
  88. Who Done it? by Olivier Tallec
  89. Pepper & Poe by Frann Preston-Gannon
  90. Little One by Jo Weaver
  91. Little Why by Jonny Lamber
  92. The Night Gardener by Terry Fan
  93. The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski
  94. Sparky! by Jenny Offill
  95. What if…? by Anthony Browne
  96. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  97. Lawn to Lawn by Dan Yaccarino
  98. When You Were Born by Emma Dodd
  99. It’s a Firefly Night by Dianne Ochiltree
  100. Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
  101. Light Up the Night by Jean Reidy
  102. Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
  103. Chester’s Masterpiece by Melanie Watt
  104. Chester by Melanie Watt
  105. You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
  106. Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson
  107. Ten Kisses for Sophie! by Rosemary Wells
  108. Marilyn’s Monster by Michelle Knudsen
  109. The Typewriter by Bill Thomson
  110. My New Mom & Me by Renata Galindo
  111. Gretchen Over the Beach by R.W. Alley
  112. Little Butterfly by Laura Logan
  113. Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues by Kimberly Dean
  114. Chester’s Back! by Melanie Watt
Picture Book Pass it On

MARCH-ing Books to Kids in 2016

I am excited to participate in the second annual MARCH-ing Books to Kids book drive. Picture Book Pass it On is encouraging folks to participate in MARCH-ing Books to Kids during the month of March. The founder of PBPiO, Michelle Eastman, has given kid lit lovers and authors a wonderful opportunity to help children in need through the  Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, Storybook Project.

The number of kids with incarcerated parents has increased nearly 80% in the last 20 years, according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. More than 2.7 million children have a parent who is incarcerated, and parents of another 10 million children have been incarcerated at some point.  The experience can be profoundly difficult for children, increasing their risk of living in poverty and housing instability, as well as causing emotional trauma, pain, and social stigma. http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/reading-inside

But, through programs like the Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa Storybook Project, some of that stress melt away when kids and parents are able to share a special book together. Through an audio-tape reading program wherein imprisoned parents/grandparents read books to their children/grandchildren on tape, family bonds are strengthened and literacy skills improve as parents encourage their children to read with them and in their absence. Read this touching NY Times article to learn about the impact these programs have, from an incarcerated mom’s viewpoint. http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/07/behind-bars-finding-meaning-in-a-book-read-aloud/?emc=eta1/

How can you help?  Donate a book. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

Now, through the month of March, Picture Book Pass it On is launching a special initiative called “MARCHing Books to Kids”.

We encourage book lovers to donate a favorite children’s book, and we invite authors and children’s authors to donate signed copies of their books to the Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, Storybook Project.

The Storybook Project serves children Birth-17 years. They welcome donations of board books, picture books, early readers, graphic novels, chapter books, novels, non-fiction, etc. The sky is the limit!

To participate in MARCHing Books to Kids, please follow the 3 calls to action:

#1 Pledge to donate a new or very gently used children’s book/s to Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, Storybook Project. Authors are invited to sign their books. Please include a note stating that your book is part of the MARCHing Books to Kids initiative. Books may be mailed to:

VNS of Iowa, Storybook Project

c/o Tabby Kuehl

1111 9th Street

Suite 320

Des Moines, Iowa 50314

#2 Post your pledge on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PBPiO. Share it on your blog and on social media. Please include our badge and ‪#‎PBPiO‬, and #‎MARCHingBookstoKids

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#3 Pass it on. When you post about your pledge, challenge one or more friends to join your #PBPiO giving chain. Encourage them to take the pledge and keep passing it on…

If distance prohibits your ability to mail books to the Storybook Project, please consider donating books to children in need in your own community. Oh, and be sure to share your giving story on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PBPiO We love to see how books are reaching kids all over the globe. So far, we have people “Passing it On” in the US, the UK, Australia, and Greece!

Thank you for making the difference in the lives of children and families!

 

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My 3 Calls to Action:

#1 Pledge: I pledge to donate ten signed copies of my picture book, Mama’s Purse, to the Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, Storybook Project.

#2 Post: I will share my pledge on the Picture Book Pass it On #PBPiO Facebook page, my blog, and social media:

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#3 Pass it on: I challenge YOU to join the #PBPiO giving chain. Take the pledge and keep passing it on!

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1000 Picture Books in 2016~January

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If you are an aspiring picture book writer chances are you are familiar with 12 x 12, PiBoIdMo, Revimo, and ReFoReMo. Reading, writing, and revising challenges help motivate kid lit writers. We hear time and again how important it is read A LOT of books in the genre you write.

I recently watched the January 12 x 12 webinar with Julie Hedlund and Tara Lazar. Tara offered great advice on improving craft: read 500-1000 picture books. Then I discovered the Read 1000 Picture Books in 2016 reading challenge. Coincidence? I think not! I joined the Facebook group and the Goodreads group. The groups share reading lists so you will never run out of books to read. I encourage you to join the challenge! Here’s my January reading list with Goodreads links to get you started. Happy reading and writing!

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  1. Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light
  2. Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato
  3. Nellie Belle by Mem Fox
  4. Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten by Marc Brown
  5. Zora’s Zucchini by Katherine Pryor
  6. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
  7. Thankful by Eileen Spinelli
  8. The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems
  9. Leopold by Ruth Westheimer
  10. Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
  11. Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Love by James Dean
  12. Wish by Emma Dodd
  13. The Red Hat by David Teague
  14. Sheep Go to Sleep by Nancy E. Shaw
  15. Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
  16. Cat Nap by Toni Yuli
  17. What Does it Mean to Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio
  18. Rufus the Writer by Elizabeth Bram
  19. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
  20. Michael Recycle and Bootleg Peg by Ellie Bethel
  21. Liplap’s Wish by Jonathan London
  22. I Don’t Want a Posh Dog by Emma Dodd
  23. Skunkdog by Emily Jenkins
  24. Shoe Dog by Megan McDonald
  25. A Small Brown Dog with a Wet Pink Nose by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
  26. This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
  27. Ninja! by Arree Chung
  28. Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  29. Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman
  30. No Yeti Yet by Mary Ann Fraser
  31. So Many Days by Alison McGhee
  32. Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
  33. Sleep Tight Anna Banana! by Dominique Roques
  34. Where’s the Baboon? by Michael Escoffier
  35. Igor Spot Champion by Guido Van Genechten
  36. By Mouse and Frog by Deborah Freedman
  37. Chooky-Doodle-Doo by Jan Whiten
  38. This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary
  39. Snowy Bear by Tony Mitton
  40. Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean
  41. Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin
  42. Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion by Dominique Roques
  43. Claire and the Unicorn Happy Ever After by B.G. Hennessy
  44. Grandma’s Gloves by Cecil Castellucci
  45. Grandma’s Purple Flowers by Adjoa J. Burrowes
  46. Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley
  47. Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola
  48. Anna’s Corn by Barbara Santucci
  49. I Remember Miss Perry by Pat Brisson
  50. Never Ask a Bear by Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud