We thought it best to kick off our annual best of lists with a category close to everyone’s hearts – children’s picture books. Our book experts have happily spent hours going through and reading this year’s releases. It’s a hard area to judge so we tried to narrow it down to books that excelled in three crucial ways:
1. Bringing a sense of wonder and joy to books and reading
2. Being a delight for kids and adults to read and share together
3. X-factor – Does the book have that extra sparkle that makes you want to read again and again?
With this in mind, we selected a shortlist of seven books with one brilliant winner. You’ll find veterans of the form such as Kate Mayes (The Bum Book) and Oliver Jeffers (Here We Are), alongside exciting debuts like young Aussie Sha’an d’Anthes with her magical new book Zoom.
Check out our picture book honourees below and subscribe to the Booktopian for more of this year’s best.
Picture Books: Winner
From beloved children’s author Aaron Blabey comes the fifth instalment in the Pig the Pug series.
Pig just LOVES attention.
In fact, he’s a great, big SHOW-OFF.
But when ANOTHER star appears at the photo shoot, Pig doesn’t like it.
No, Pig doesn’t like it at ALL… Learn more.
Picture Books: The Shortlist
The Shortlist: The Bum Book by Kate Mayes, When I Grow Up by Tim Minchin, Zoom by Sha’an d’Anthes, Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers, Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia and Lauren O’Hara, I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon.
About the Contributor
Tanaya has been a lover of books for as long as she can remember. Now, her book collection is a little out of control, mostly consisting of YA fiction and pretty hardcovers. When she’s not reading, she spends a lot of her time taking photos of books for her bookstagram account, @prettypagesblog. She also has a love of Disneyland, bullet journaling and cats.
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