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!