I’ve read a few dozen “lists” of the best picture books of 2019. Instead of making my own list I decided to give you a peek into some of these 2019 picture books so you can decide for yourself. Whether you are looking for books that parents, children or teachers can enjoy look no further!
I’ll share my thoughts on a few of these 2019 picture books today and then, on more of them in February and March. Next month – nonfiction picture books from 2019.
When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland was published by Random House. I like it. The art is super simple but poignant. The story personifies sadness and reassures young children by suggesting ways to cope with it. This book will open up doors for discussion.
Another by Christian Robinson was published by Atheneum. This is a highly acclaimed picture book, but I don’t like it. It is a wordless book which I usually have to read several times before I get the idea. However, I can’t find the point of Another except possibly that our perspective on things can change. Sorry.
Crab Cake-Turning the Tide Together was written by Andrea Tsurumi. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The book is highly illustrated with sparse text. I like it, though I couldn’t see the theme until the last few pages. Then, POW! It hit me in the face.
Just Because was written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. Candlewick Press published this picture book. The illustrations are highly black and white with occasional colors. I’m not sure whether I like it or not. A child asks dozens of “Why” questions at bedtime. Her father (I presume) doesn’t give a satisfactory answer to any of the questions until she asks why we sleep. Then the man’s answer is lovely and imaginative. But it doesn’t answer any of the other questions. I’m stuck in a mindset that thinks books should provide answers for children, not just questions.
However, I found another picture book titles Just Because that was published in 2010. Rebecca Elliot wrote it. Lion Children’s Books published it. I loved it! It’s sweet and tender and says so much about love.
When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree was published by Sterling Children’s Books. Jamie L. B. Deenihan wrote the story. Lorraine Rocha illustrated it delightfully. Yes! I like it. This picture book is a warm and fuzzy story about family and love and gratitude. Share it generously with your kiddos, please.
Maria the Matador was written by Anne Lambelet and was published by Page Street Publishing. I like this little picture book a lot. Maria is one very determined little girl. That determination and her imaginative thinking enable her to accomplish something everyone else thought was impossible. It’s a great story for the little girls AND boys in your life.