Five Picture Books to Grab on Your Next Library Run

At the end of January, the Caldecott winners were announced. The Caldecott is an annual award given to the “most distinguished American picture book for children.” I’m always curious about the winners.

If you ever feel at a loss for what books to grab at the library, a Caldecott or Newbery award winner is usually a good place to start. This doesn’t always work (the books we like don’t always line up with the books the “experts” choose), but if you are looking for picture books to read with your kids, this year’s winner and honorees are good ones. Although Hello Lighthouse was the official winner for 2019, for kicks I decided to list this year’s picks with my favorites at the top.

If you have read them, I’d love to know which one was your favorite!

Thank You, Omu! was my favorite of the books selected this year. A simple story about what it means to live generously, this is a must read for kids of all ages and their adults. It’s the kind of book that fills you up while you read. I loved it!

Hello Lighthouse was the official winner this year. The pictures are the kind you want to pour over and sit with before you turn the page. The story is about a lighthouse, its keeper and the passage of time. A worthy winner that you will want to read.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star is visually stunning. The story creatively shares the phases of the moon and the illustrations are a beautiful contrast in colors, making this another special book from Grace Lin.

Names are important and the story of Alma’s name reveals the gift of a legacy left by the people who go before us. Beautiful illustrations and the sweet story of a little girl with a big name.

The Rough Patch is a touching story of loss and the grieving process that follows. Well-told through words and illustrations, this book was honored for a reason.

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these books. If you are looking for quality picture books to grab next time you are at the library, please add these to your list!

And if you have a minute, I’d love to know your favorites (either from this list, or another picture book that you think should have been honored).

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