Ten Great Picture Books

Our children’s librarian, Ms. Alessandra, put together a list of ten fantastic picture books published in the last few years. If you’re looking for something to read to a child in your life, make sure to take a look at these!


Alphonse, That Is Not OK To Do! by Daisy Hirst
Monster Natalie gets angry with her little brother Alphonse when he starts eating her favorite book, but she doesn’t stay mad for long.

when we were alone

When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson & Julie Flett
When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother’s garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family?

pug meets pigPug Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion & Joyce Wan
Pug is happy at home until Pig arrives, when he must share his bowl, his yard, and even his bed, but just as Pug is packing his belongings to leave things change for the better.

the princess and the ponyThe Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Princess Pinecone would like a real war horse for her birthday, instead of which she gets a plump, cute pony–but sometimes cuteness can be a kind of weapon, especially in a fight with dodgeballs and spitballs and hairballs and squareballs.

i want a monster

I Want a Monster by Elise Gravel
Winnie wants a monster! Some monsters smell like pirate feet and some might read your diary, but they are so darn cute! All Winnie’s friends have one. But how much do Oogly-Wumps eat? Don’t they ever sleep? Can monsters get lonely?

grumpy pantsGrumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Have you ever had a grumpy day and not known why? Penguin is having a grumpy day like that. No matter what he does, he just can’t shake it! Sometimes the only thing left to do is wash the grumpy day away and start over.

teacupTeacup by Rebecca Young & Matt Ottley
A boy travels across the sea in a rowboat in search of a new home, making a journey that is long and difficult–but also filled with beauty and hope

a big surpriseA Big Surprise for Little Card by Charise Mericle Harper & Anna Raff
A quirky ode to spirit, identity and the joy of having a library card follows the adventures of Little Card, who delightedly anticipates going to school to become a birthday card only to trade jobs with Big Card and embark on a life at the library, where he struggles to use his exuberant gifts in a quiet environment.

when penny met potus

When Penny Met POTUS by Rachel Ruiz & Melissa Manwill
Penny knows that her mother works for somebody called the POTUS, but she does not know what that means, and the odd name seems to her to imply some kind of friendly monster.

tell me aTell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee & Eliza Wheeler
A father tells his young son the story behind each of his tattoos.