We’ve been cracking up at many new family- and friendship-related picture books lately. We highly recommend all of these, and they incorporate various family relationships (sibling, grandparents, adoption) and a WHOLE LOT of fun. Check these out at your library or local bookstore first!
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah OHora – When the Bunny family finds baby Wolfie on their doorstep, Mom and Dad are smitten, but Dot is skeptical. How will they keep Wolfie from eating THEM ALL UP? But when Wolfie is threatened, Dot finds out how strong their sibling bond is. Adorable, hilarious, and the text and illustrations both add unique components to the story.
Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach – This recently-released picture book is seriously excellent. We LOVE it, and have reread it multiple times just in the few weeks it’s been out. The story structure is perfect, and readers will fall in love with Ed and relate with Ed’s struggle to feel like he fits in such an excellent family. The illustrator puts so much wonderful emotion into Ed’s expressions. A perfect family read!
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins – At very first read, I thought this book was just cute, but with further rereads, this book is so clever and the illustrations are SUPERB. My kids giggle and “aww” at this story over and over again. (Look for the sequel, Hotel Bruce, this fall!)
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson – Oh, this book. It’s beautifully written with descriptive language and just-right questions from CJ and responses from Nana about how different people live differently and how we can show love to all. Beautiful and totally worthy of the Newbery Award it won!
Secret Tree Fort by Brianne Farley – This fun picture book includes all the storied exaggeration we love from imaginative play. The illustrations combine vibrant colors along with a muted technique to show what’s imagined and what’s real. It ends up being a sweet story of sister togetherness. A fun read!
What family-oriented picture books is your family loving lately?
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