Best Picture Books

These recommended books received ratings of at least 4 out of 5 stars. Click here to see ALL PICTURE BOOK reviews.

What Grew in Larry’s Garden

Written by Laura Alary, Illustrated by Kass Reich Grace lives in your average neighborhood. All the houses are close together and everyone has a small yard. However, her neighbor Larry is different; he turned his entire backyard into a garden. Grace helps him tend to the plants and together they solve problems on how to …

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William Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Retold by Georghia Ellinas, Illustrated by Jane Ray I am not familiar with Shakespeare’s The Tempest in its original form, so this review is from that perspective. As a picture book this is a complex story with a lot of characters, told in first person by the magic sprite Ariel. She tells of her imprisonment …

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The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick

Written by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by David Spencer From the author of The Day the Crayons Quit comes a humorous “buddy” book. This story is full of contrasts: positive outlook vs. negative outlook; adventure vs. trials; etc. Huggie sees life full of challenges and danger. His stark reality is that bad things WILL happen and …

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