Staff Picks - Picture Books

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All fiction Picture Books are shelved alphabetically by the author's last name.

Llama, Llama, Red Pajama
by Anna Dewdney
When Mama Llama tucks her in for the night and leaves the room, Baby Llama suddenly starts to get nervous and so bellows, hollers, and screams for her return in this lively picture book with simple text.  

Extra Yarn
by Mac Barnett
With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
by Judi Barrett
Colorfully illustrates the many humorous problems animals would have if they wore clothing

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!
by Karen Beaumont
Excited with the art he has created on the walls, a young artist decides to continue on with his vibrant creations--soon painting the floors, ceiling, and himself in the process!

Rosie Revere, Engineer
by Andrea Beaty
Hiding her prowess as a talented inventor by day, at night Rosie resolves to complete her great-great-aunt Rose's (aka Rosie the Riveter) unfinished flying contraption and is temporarily discouraged when the invention hovers instead of flies, a seeming failure that Aunt Rose encourages her to recognize as an amazing success. 

Journey
by Aaron Becker
Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.

The Baby Tree
by Sophie Blackall
After learning that his parents are expecting a baby, a young boy asks several people where babies come from and gets a different answer from each before his parents have a chance to give the right answer.

Sophie’s Squash
by Pat Miller
A celebration of the special love between a child and her favorite toy follows the whimsical experiences of a little girl who adopts a squash from the farmers' market and who ignores her parents' warnings until the squash starts to go bad as the colder season progresses.

My Teacher is a Monster (No, I am Not)
by Peter Brown
Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all. 

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
by Peter Brown
Wanting to have more fun when he tires of his prim-and-proper existence, staunch Mr. Tiger decides to give in to his wild nature until his antics go too far.

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
by Michael Chabon
A young superhero describes his awesome powers, which he then demonstrates as various foes arrive on the scene.

Draw!
by Raul Colon
In this wordless picture book, a boy who is confined to his room fills his sketch pad with lions and elephants, then imagines himself on a safari.

Peck, Peck, Peck
by Lucy Cousins
Pecking his way through the door of a house, an intrepid little woodpecker busily raps on a rhyming sequence of indoor objects, from a hat and a mat and a racket and jacket to a teddy bear and a book called Jane Eyre.

The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

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.

Olivia
by Ian Falconer
Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good. 

Bark, George
by Jules Feiffer
When George's mother tells her son to bark, George goes "Meow," which definitely isn't right because George is a dog. When she asks him again, he goes "Oink.”? What's going on with George?

The Patchwork Quilt
by Valerie Flournoy
Using scraps cut from the family's old clothing, Tanya helps her grandmother and mother make a beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family's life. 

And Then It’s Spring
by Julie Fogliano
Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

Don’t Worry Bear
by Greg Foley
A caterpillar reassures a worried bear that they will see each other again when the caterpillar emerges from its cocoon.

The Farmer and the Clown
by Marla Frazee
When a little clown gets lost after falling off a train, a farmer finds him and befriends him until the train returns. -

The Odd Egg
by Emily Gravett
When Duck finds an egg of his own he's delighted because he thinks it's the most beautiful egg in the world, but all the other birds think it's a very odd egg indeed and everyone's in for a big surprise when the egg hatches.

Kitten’s First Full Moon
by Kevin Henkes
When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.

Little Rabbit Lost
by Harry Horse
On his birthday Little Rabbit thinks that he is now a big rabbit, until he gets lost at the Rabbit World amusement park.

How to Catch a Star
by Oliver Jeffers
Determined to catch a star by climbing to the top of the tallest tree and building a rocket ship out of paper, a young boy makes a discovery about the night sky that leads to an unexpected friendship.

The Sandman
by William Joyce
Provides the background, history, and life of Sanderson Mansnoozie, better known as the Sandman, who helps the Man in the Moon keep children safe at night by bringing them sweet dreams

Peter’s Chair
by Ezra Jack Keats
When Peter discovers his blue furniture is being painted pink for a new baby sister, he rescues the last unpainted item, a chair, and runs away.

Mousetronaut
by Mark E. Kelly
A small, but plucky mouse named Mike is sure that he can help the Space Shuttle astronauts and ends up saving the whole mission.

I Want My Hat Back
by Jon Klassen
A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important, in a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist.

Moo!
by David LaRochelle
When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer's car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country.

Tacky the Penguin
by Helen Lester
When some intimidating visitors come to the penguin's icy land, Tacky the Penguin, an odd bird known for outrageous nonconformity, helps his conservative counterparts get rid of the unwanted intruders 

Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes
by Kim Dean
When Pete the Cat and his friends get ready for a cupcake party, where Pete is performing with his band, they discover some of the cupcakes have gone missing and must find out who is taking them.

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
by Patty Lovell
Between her husky voice and her buckteeth, Molly Lou Melon had to learn important lessons from her grandmother about her true beauty and so when a bully teases her at her new school, Molly Lou has no fears when putting him in his place. 

What! Cried Granny : An Almost Bedtime Story
by Kate Lum
When her grandson Patrick arrives for his first sleepover, Granny's resourceful efforts to provide him with a bed, pillow, and other necessities result in a sleepless night for both of them.

Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney
During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more 

Jeremy Draws a Monster
by Peter McCarty
A young boy who spends most of his time alone in his bedroom makes new friends after the monster in his drawing becomes a monstrous nuisance. 

Mirette on the High Wire
by Emily Arnold McCully
Mirette learns tightrope walking from Monsieur Bellini, a guest in her mother's boarding house, not knowing that he is a celebrated tightrope artist who has withdrawn from performing because of fear.

Tap the Magic Tree
by Christie Matheson
Invites the reader to tap, rub, touch, and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit, and lose its leaves.

Some Monsters are Different
by David Milgrim
A warmhearted celebration of individuality describes the many differences found among monsters, from beasts who are picky or will eat anything to creatures who chatter or remain quiet, explaining that all monsters are wonderful just the way they are.

Sparky!
by Jenny Offill
When our narrator orders a sloth through the mail, the creature that arrives isn't good at tricks or hide-and-seek . . . or much of anything. Still, there's something about Sparky that is irresistible.

The Watermelon Seed
by Greg Pizzoli
An endearing little crocodile accidentally swallows a watermelon seed and envisions worst-case scenarios, from vines sprouting from his ears to his crocodile skin turning pink.

Fox’s Garden
by Princesse Camcam
When a lost fox enters a village on a snowy night, a young boy, seeing that the animal has been chased away by the town's adults, leaves a basket of food for the fox in a greenhouse where it has taken shelter.

The Dot
by Peter Reynolds
Trying to make a point to her teacher that she has no artist talent, Vashti jabs the brush onto the canvas in a fit of anger, yet in doing so, Vashti sees something special and soon works with it--making her one crazy dot into a real work of art.

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth
by Michelle Robinson
A little girl in red rain boots and a yellow raincoat takes on a mammoth challenge, sharing wry, step-by-step instructions for successfully cleaning up a hairy friend in spite of its terribly tickly tummy. 

Exclamation Mark
by Amy Rosenthal
A punctuation mark feels bad that he doesn't fit in with the others until a friend reveals the possibilities that exist when differences are accepted. 

Little Pea
by Amy Rosenthal
Little Pea hates eating candy for dinner, but his parents will not let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep
by Barney Saltzberg
High in the trees in the middle of the night, all of the pandas are sleeping except for Chengdu, who tries everything and still cannot fall asleep until he finds the perfect spot--atop his brother, Yuan.

Perfectly Percy
by Paul Schmid
Loving balloons but unable to keep from popping them with his sharp quills, Percy the plucky porcupine resolves to solve his problem all by himself by trying out several clever ideas 

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
by Jon Scieszka
A revisionist storyteller provides his mad, hilarious versions of children's favorite tales in this collection that includes "Little Red Running Shorts," "The Princess and the Bowling Ball," "Cinderumpelstilskin," and others.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
by Jon Scieszka
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

Ninja Red Riding Hood
by Corey Schwartz
In this twist on "Little Red Riding Hood," a certain wolf trains to be a ninja in order to catch his prey, but he is not the only one mastering a martial art. 

Chicken Soup with Rice
by Maurice Sendak
Who says you can only slurp chicken soup with rice in cold January or freezing December? Chicken soup with rice is nice all year round. 

No, David!
by David Shannon
A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
by Phillip Stead
Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee's case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it's time they returned the favor.

Doctor De Soto
by William Steig
Dr. De Soto, a mouse dentist, copes with the toothaches of various animals except those with a taste for mice, until the day a fox comes to him in great pain. 

Pete’s a Pizza
by William Steig
When Pete is in a bad mood, his father turns him into a pizza by first rolling him like dough and then pretending to top him with ingredients until the final, hilarious personal touch.

The House in the Night
by Susan Marie Swanson
Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light, in a bedtime book for youngsters that names nighttime things, such as a bed and the moon.

Mary Smith
by Andrea U’Ren
Early in the morning Mary Smith walks through the town, waking people up by shooting at their windows with her peashooter. 

Ginger Finds a Home
by Charlotte Voake
A little girl feeds Ginger, a thin little cat who has been living in a patch of weeds and takes him home to live with her. 

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
by Lee Wardlaw
A cat arrives at a shelter, arranges to go home with a good family, and settles in with them, all the while letting them know who is boss and, finally, sharing his real name.

Bunny Party
by Rosemary Wells
After inviting all her seven stuffed toys to Grandma's birthday party, Ruby's plans for the event are perfectly organized, yet when Max's surprise guests suddenly start to appear at the dinner table, Ruby has to make some quick adjustments.

Mr. Wuffles
by David Wiesner
Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens, and when Mr. Wuffles plays a little too roughly with the toy ship, the aliens must venture into the cat's territory to make emergency repairs. 

Tuesday
by David Wiesner
Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.

A Little Prairie House
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A family travels to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house and meet a friendly neighbor.

Amanda and Her Alligator
by Mo Willems
Amanda and her alligator have lots of fun playing together and surprising each other, but when Amanda's grandfather buys her a panda, Alligator must learn to make new friends. -

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
by Don Wood
Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader.

Visiting Day
by Jacqueline Woodson
A young girl and her grandmother get ready in their Sunday best to take the long bus ride to visit the girl's father in prison, in a story where love knows no boundaries.

Found
by Salina Yoon
Upon finding a toy rabbit in the forest, Bear tries his very best to return it to its home but by the time its owner appears, Bear has become attached to Bunny.

Harry the Dirty Dog
by Gene Zion
When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn't recognize him as a black dog with white spots

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein         J530.092 EINS
by Jennifer Berne
Follows the life of the famous physicist, from his early ideas to his groundbreaking theories.

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever J635.092 S493
by H. Joseph Hopkins
Learn about Katherine Olivia Sessions who brought trees to San Diego and created what eventually became Balboa Park.

All the World                                      J811.6
by Elizabeth Scanlon
Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning until night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in the world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.