Our Kids’ 17 Favorite Picture Books of 2017
After reading so many picture books this year, I have to say that I feel like there was a shift in the amazing books available. Together as a family, we read so many books about social issues, books that are biographical, as well as books that had deep emotional meaning. Some of those have become favorites with their vivid pictures and wonderful plots. Other books are the sweet books you can read every night before bed and others are just hilarious books that appeal to adults and kids alike. We decided to put together a list of our kids’ picks for their favorite picture books of 2017.
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Nico Draws a Feeling by Robert Raczka
There are so many wonderful things about this book. Nico loves to draw but he doesn’t draw like the other kids do. He draws what he feels inside. If only we could all express ourselves this way. My kindergartener loved it so much that he asked me to read it to his class.
Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro
Bunny loves listening to the librarian read books outside in the summer but, when fall rolls around, she is nowhere to be found. Can bunny figure out a way to read? We learned about this from our local indie bookstore when they invited us to their review of the best kids books of the year.
Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt
Did you ever wonder how the game rock, paper, scissors started? Not to fret, this hilarious book will tell you everything you need to know about this epic battle.
Hattie and Hudson by Chris Van Dusen
Unlike the usual books of Mr. Van Dusen that are centered around a boy and written in rhyme, this touching story about friendship is the story of Hattie and her unlikely friend. Full review here!
Rulers of the playground by Joseph Kuefler
It’s hard to decide who loves this story most. My kids love it for the funny costumes and silly lessons of learning to play nicely on the playground. I love it for the subtle lessons on politics. We love it so much that it inspired a bookish adventure last spring!
Bruce’s Big Move by Ryan T. Higgins
The third book in the Mother Bruce series was so eagerly anticipated by my littles they asked me to preorder it! Grumpy Bruce is as lovable as in previous books with an added addition of three jolly mice! Lighthearted fun, this is a book to be read over and over and over and…
Dragons Love Tacos 2 by Adam Rubin
There is a shortage of tacos!! When the main characters travel back in time to stop the house fire from the first book, hilarity ensues! We loved it so much we designed a playroom inspired by it!
Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds
Bunny needs new underwear and settles on a very special pair. This book is hilarious but also has a very endearing way of looking at fears.
Pocket Full of Colors by Amy Guglielmo
The pictures in this book are captivating, the colors are brilliant but, the best part is that it is true. Based on the story of Mary Blair, this story tells how one woman broke the mold and created “It’s a Small World”.
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessica Sima
Narwhal isn’t sure where he belongs because he has never quite fit in. He cannot swim like the rest of the narwhals and he certainly doesn’t look like them either. When he meets some unicorns, he is even more confused about who he is. Narwhal makes a wonderful discovery about who he is. This story is sweet and endearing.
Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
If you have boys, you know about (and probably own) Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. The sequel came out this year, introducing 4 more characters to the construction crew. Little boys will adore it!
The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson
All the animals are terrified of the giant jumperee who is hiding in rabbit’s hole. When mama frog comes to help, will she be able to do what nobody else could and get the giant jumperee out of rabbit’s house? We laugh out loud every time we read this book.
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
This book tells the story of wonder in a way that is appropriate for little ones. Without being scary or intimidating, the simple prose addresses the difficult topic of differences. The small element of imagination makes this story light enough that is can be read over and over.
Morris the Mole by Dan Yaccarino
Morris is unlike his brothers. He is smaller and thinks outside the box. But, it is tiny Morris who solves a big problem and proves that little people can do big things.
The pictures in this book are phenomenal. We read this book over and over and continue to discover new things.
I Don’t Draw, I Color by Adam Lehrhaupt
This is the second book we have on the list about kids expressing themselves through their art. The book is sweet and has a great message.
Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey
Thelma has always wanted to be a unicorn. When a truck full of sparkles and glitter fall on her, she has the chance to live the life she has always dreamed but, will it be everything she hoped?
PSST: Did you see our post on the Children’s Book World’s favorite picks of 2017?
Thanks Jackie and Kirsten! Both of you know how i love to incorporate a social and emotional side to books I read to my class! Check out Not the Quitting Kind. Love this book!