It’s hard to start a new year without spending a little bit of time looking back on some of the previous year’s bests, and for a children’s librarian, that means books! So without further ado (and in no particular order besides alphabetical by author), here are some of my favorite picture books that were released in 2015. Find them all at ELPL!
Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett. Leo is a friendly house ghost -- but when a family moves into his house, and tries to get rid of him, he leaves and roams the city looking for a friend.
The Skunk by Mac Barnett. A man is followed by a skunk all day -- until the tables turn.
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton. Princess Pinecone would like a real war horse for her birthday, but instead she gets a plump, cute pony. But sometimes cuteness can be a kind of weapon, especially in a fight with dodgeballs and spitballs and hairballs and squareballs.
Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd. In pictures and simple text the book presents unexpected opposites, like a big zebra sweeping with a little broom, or a big lion riding in a tiny wagon.
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt. One day, Duncan is happily coloring with his crayons when a stack of postcards arrives in the mail from his former crayons, each of which has run away or been left behind, and all of which want to come home.
The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena. A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman. When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry. Stick and Stone are both lonely until Pinecone's teasing causes one to stick up for the other, and a solid friendship is formed.
The Only Child by Guojing. In this wordless story, a young girl traveling from her city apartment to her grandmother's country home becomes lost and enters a fantastical world in the clouds.
Waiting by Kevin Henkes. An owl, a puppy, a bear, a bunny, and a pig wait for marvelous things to happen.
Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler. Tiring of his everyday routine at home, a little boy decides to explore the depths of his pond with his dog, where he discovers a not-so-ordinary world, ready to be explored.
Float by Daniel Miyares. A beautiful wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain.
Lizard From the Park by Mark Pett. When a lizard hatches from the egg Leonard finds in the park, he names it Buster and takes it all around the city, but Buster grows bigger and bigger until Leonard realizes he must devise a way to return his pet to the deepest, darkest part of the park and set him free.
What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss. A posthumously published work by Dr. Seuss in which a boy wants all of the pets in a pet store, but he and his sister can choose only one.