At this time of the year, I get special joy in exploring the picture books that were released late last year and this year. It is lovely to see the art of creating picture books stay alive year after year. My favorites are the ones with detailed or whimsical illustration and clever text that transport the kids and the reader to a whole different world. I am also seeing a trend of less storytelling via animals and more storytelling via inanimate things - like crayons in The Day the Crayons Quit.
All of these are definitely works of art. They will make wonderful gifts or even coffee table books!
Click on the images within the collage to explore the book on Amazon (affiliate link).
This list comes from the ALSC website HERE
Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.