Notable And Award Winning Children’s Picture Books From 2013

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.

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey: Emily Winfield Martin: 9780449810804: Books
Llama Llama and the Bully Goat: Anna Dewdney: 9780670013951: Books
Tap the Magic Tree: Christie Matheson: 9780062274458: Books
The Matchbox Diary: Paul Fleischman, Bagram Ibatoulline: 9780763646011: Books
Steam Train, Dream Train: Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld: 9781452109206: Books
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild: Peter Brown: 9780316200639: Books
Unicorn Thinks He
Mr. Wuffles!: David Wiesner: 9780618756612: Books
If You Want to See a Whale: Julie Fogliano, Erin Stead: 9781596437319: Books
Dogs on Duty: Soldiers
Black Dog: Levi Pinfold: 9780763660970: Books
Journey: Aaron Becker: 9780763660536: Books
Building Our House: Jonathan Bean: 9780374380236: Books
Creepy Carrots!: Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown: 9781442402973: Books
The Black Rabbit (Junior Library Guild Selection (Candlewick Press)): Philippa Leathers: 9780763657147: Books
Bear Has a Story to Tell: Philip C. Stead, Erin Stead: 9781596437456: Books
And Then It
Infinity and Me (Carolrhoda Picture Books): Kate Hosford, Gabi Swiatkowska: 9780761367260: Books
Hippopposites: Janik Coat: 9781419701511: Books
This Moose Belongs to Me: Oliver Jeffers: 9780399161032: Books
Green: Laura Vaccaro Seeger: 9781596433977: Books
Dragons Love Tacos: Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri: 9780803736801: Books
The Day the Crayons Quit: Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers: 9780399255373: Books
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems: Mo Willems: 9780062104182: Books
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons: James Dean, Eric Litwin: 9780062110589: Books
Penny and Her Doll (I Can Read Book 1): Kevin Henkes: 9780062082015: Books
Z Is for Moose (Booklist Editor
Up, Tall and High: Ethan Long: 9780399256110: Books
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building: Christy Hale: 9781600606519: Books