2013 Awesome Picture Book Reads

2013 has been a year of me delving in to the picture book world! There are so many cute and classy picture books being published that you cannot help but giggle and smile as you read them. One of my features here at A Librarian’s Library is my Children’s Corner, where I highlight picture books that I read thematically. This is a Children’s Corner post of sorts, featuring some awesome picture books I have read in 2013.


15768811Tea Rex by Molly Idle

“Some tea parties are for grown-ups.
Some are for girls.
But this tea party is for a very special guest.
And it is important to follow some rules . . .
like providing comfortable chairs,
and good conversation,
and yummy food.
But sometimes that is not enough for special guests,
especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . .”

Why It’s Awesome: This is a cute story that teaches manners through ironic pictures. And it’s a Tea Party with a T-Rex! What’s not awesome about that?!

That Is Not A Good Idea by Mo Willems 16285053

“Inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies, Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. As with the beloved Pigeon books, kids will be calling out the signature refrain and begging for repeated readings. The funny details in the full-color illustrations by three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems will bring nonstop laughter to story time.”

Why It’s Awesome: I need to read even more Mo Willems. This book is such a classic tale with classic Mo Willems style! Such a fun read that will make you laugh!

16101018The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

“Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.

What is Duncan to do?”

Why It’s Awesome: This is one of the most creative books I have read in a long time. Such a cute book about stereotypes of colors and how to make your crayons happy again! =) SUPER CUTE!

Bluebird by Bob Staake 15799165

“In his most beautiful and moving work to date, Bob Staake explores the universal themes of loneliness, bullying, and the importance of friendship. In this emotional picture book, readers will be captivated as they follow the journey of a bluebird as he develops a friendship with a young boy.”

Why It’s Awesome: I love an emotional, heart-warming story, and when it is a picture book it makes it all the better. Beautiful story with beautiful illustrations, you can not help but feel!

15791057Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

“The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, bouncy kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls. Sweet and silly dreams are guaranteed for any budding train enthusiasts!”

Why It’s Awesome: A precious bedtime story, filled with rhymes, animals, and beautiful illustrations. A sweet story that will enchant readers of all ages!

Journey by Aaron Becker 17262290

“A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny.”

Why It’s Awesome: This is probably  my favorite of the year! This word-less story relies on imagination and illustration to tell a beautiful story. LOVE. Read this one immediately if you haven’t yet!

16002008Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci, Illustrated by Sara Varon

“Theodora is a perfectly normal duck. She may swim with a teacup balanced on her head and stay north when the rest of the ducks fly south for the winter, but there’s nothing so odd about that.  Chad, on the other hand, is one strange bird. Theodora quite likes him, but she can’t overlook his odd habits. It’s a good thing Chad has a normal friend like Theodora to set a good example for him.  But who exactly is the odd duck here? Theodora may not like the answer.”

Why It’s Awesome: Oh em gee so cute! This is a short graphic novel that depicts an odd friendship so brilliantly. It highlights the odd-ness in everyone! LOVE Sara Varon!

These are but a few of some fantastic picture books! I couldn’t get to all of them, but I plan on tackling more next year.

Love and beautiful pictures,


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