Julie’s Top 10 of 2018!

Hello readers!

We mentioned back in 2018 that we were going to do each staff member’s personal favorite 10 books of the year in a series of blog posts. Obviously we didn’t have time at the end of last year, what with the holiday gift guide posts and our bestseller lists, so I thought we’d devote a little bit of January to something akin to a retrospective.

We begin with Julie’s Top Ten Picture Books of 2018!


  • Shake the Tree! by Chiara Vignocchi, Paolo Chiarinotti, and Silvia Borando
    A simple yet grand concept, and joyfully interactive.
  • The Funeral by Matt James
    It reminded me, in the best way, of my earliest experiences with funerals.
  • The Rabbit Listened by Cori Deerfield
    This one floored me with the message about loss and grief; for all ages.
  • The Town of Turtle by Michelle Cuevas and Catina Chien
    If only my dreams were rendered by Chien! It’s a little story about grand dreams!
  • Mrs. Mole, I’m Home! by Jarvis
    SO much fun to read with a group of kids! Perfect for reading out loud!
  • The Wall In the Middle of the Book by John Agee
    Perfection in dry humor and layered meaning.
  • The Other Ducks by Ellen Yeomans and Chris Sheban
    I think this book was made for me. LOVE the humor, and perfectly-paired illustrations.
  • Possum and the Summer Storm by Anne Hunter
    I have always loved watching thunderstorms and this transported me with all the feels!
  • The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall and Isabelle Arsenault
    Absolutely gorgeous AND a great read-aloud, a rare combination!

And a bonus, not-a-picture-book!


  • So They Call You Pisher by Michael Rosen
    I guess I had to include ONE adult book; the childhood memoir of one of England’s finest authors of literature for children. Sad, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.



You can get any or all of Julie’s 2018 picks by clicking on the titles above, or calling the store to reserve them!

Happy reading!


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