Need some new book recommendations for 2019? For the next few weeks, we’re listing our favorite releases from the last year in each category. Check out our favorite picture books of 2018 here. This week we’re sharing our top beginner/intermediate books.
1. Peter and Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable
Peter and Ernesto are sloths. Peter and Ernesto are friends. Peter and Ernesto are nothing alike. Peter loves their tree and never wants to leave, while Ernesto loves the sky and wants to see it from every place on earth. So Ernesto leaves to have a grand adventure, and Peter stays behind and frets. Will their separation tear these friends apart…or can it bring them closer together?
2. The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier
Fox and Chick don’t always agree. But Fox and Chick are always friends. With sly humor and companionable warmth, Sergio Ruzzier deftly captures the adventures of these two seemingly opposite friends. The luminous watercolor images showcased in comic-book panel form will entice emerging readers, while the spare text and airiness of the images make this early chapter book accessible to a picture book audience as well.
3. Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick
Baby Monkey, private eye, will investigate stolen jewels, missing pizzas, and other mysteries—if he can manage to figure out how to put his pants on.
4. The Bad Guys in Alien vs. Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
A creature with tons of teeth and way too many butts is stealing the Bad Guys one by one.
5. A Prickly Problem by Jacqueline Kelly
When the Tate family dog, Ajax, has a run-in with a porcupine, things get prickly—and dangerous—quickly. It’ll take Callie’s quick thinking and doctoring, along with a little help from Dr. Pritzker, to make things right. Will Ajax learn to leave other critters alone?