A new year, a new library collection! Every year we pick our favorite releases from the last year that were added to the library’s collection. Check out our favorite picture books published in 2018:
1. Drawn Together by Minh Le
A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy.
2. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.
3. Shake the Tree by Chiara Vignocchi
Various animals take turns shaking a tree in search of a tasty meal. It starts with Mouse, who wants a nut, so she shakes the tree a little to the right, and a little to the left. But it isn’t the nut that falls from the tree, it’s Fox who thinks that Mouse looks pretty tasty! Soon a warthog and then a bear come along with similar ideas. Little readers will enjoy the just-made-it escapes and the fun shaking-action that readers can do along with this interactive picture book.
4. A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano
Deep in the woods is a house, just a house, that once was—but now isn’t—a home. Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go?
5. The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
When Taylor’s block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling.
6. Ocean Meets Sky by Erik and Terry Fan
A little boy builds a ship to honor his late grandfather and sets sail for the magical place where ocean meets sky from his grandfather’s stories.
7. All of Us by Carin Berger
Simple text and collage illustrations remind the reader that we are stronger together than alone.
8. Square by Mac Barnett
When Square’s friend Circle asks him to do her portrait after praising him as a sculptor and genius, Square struggles to carve her likeness from a stone block.
9. When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel by Greg Neri
Long before they became one of the most beloved and successful duos of all time, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were just two kids growing up in Qsueens, New York—best friends who met in a sixth-grade production of Alice in Wonderland and bonded over girls, baseball, and rock’n’roll.
10. I Got a Chicken for my Birthday by Laura Gehl
A girl is disappointed when she receives a chicken as a birthday gift from her abuela, until she realizes the chicken is planning a bigger present for her special day.