Nicole’s Fave Picture Books

April 19, 2014 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Here’s a quick rundown of my favorite picture books that are currently in-stock at our 112th location.

A is for Activist – Innosanto Nagara

This is a beautiful alphabet book, full of radical rhymes and delightful images. Each letter emphasizes what we can all do to make the world a more just and equitable place. Even though it’s a board book, the text doesn’t underestimate what kids can understand, and it brings up lots of complex concepts. This is perfect for baby showers or Earth Day!


A Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices – Paul Fleischman

It’s National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate than reading a poem with a friend? Fleischman’s book calls for two readers to read each poem; sometimes their voices are in unison, sometimes in a sort of counterpoint, sometimes separate. And the poems are all about bugs! This is a great book to use as an ice-breaker at a birthday party.

Line 135 and Little Bird – Germano Zullo, illustrated by Albertine


These two books are simple, stunning and profound. They are remarkably restrained and sophisticated for picture books, both in the concept of the story and the use of text. These books are great for calm listeners who like to be read to. Grownups will no doubt appreciate the brilliant execution of these books, which makes them a pleasure to read again and again.

Her Stories – Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon


Her Stories is one of my favorite books of all time. The illustrations are works of art, and the storytelling reflects Hamilton’s immense scholarship and dedication to American folk tales and the culture of the Black diaspora. This is a book to keep forever.

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick – Chris Van Allsburg


I discovered this book only a year ago, which is quite late in the game for a Van Allsburg fan. His drawings are magnificent and mysterious, and the concept behind The Chronicles is extremely entertaining albeit a little bit dark. This is a sophisticated picture book for strong and adventurous readers.

The Secret Lives of Princesses – Philippe Lechermeier, illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer


Part biography and part manual, this beautiful book is an introduction to the most unusual princesses you’ll ever meet. The Secret Lives of Princesses describes girls (and boys) with talents, tempers, and histories of our wildest dreams. You will undoubtedly recognize something of yourself among these outlandish royals.


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