Best Reads of 2010 – Picture Books

When work becomes stressful, people often stare at cats with captions to feel better. I prefer to stare at children’s books. And one of the awesome perks of being a librarian is the ability to read copious amounts of picture books with no one judging you for it. As a result, I can happily offer up to you, my Top 10 Picture Books of 2010.

 How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills – A little yellow bird teaches a cute little dog how to read.

 Yuck! That’s Not a Monster! by Angela McAllister – When a little pink monster is born, his siblings can’t help but find him cute and disgusting. But eventually they discover that even being adorable can be terrifyingly useful. The little pink monster in this book makes me feel infinitely happier and better every time I look at him.

 Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper – One cupcake’s journey to becoming special.

 Meet the Howlers! by April Pulley Sayre – Nonfiction picture book about howler monkeys and how they live.

 Milo Armadillo by Jan Fearnley  – All Talulah wants for her birthday is a pink rabbit, but her grandmother knits up an armadillo instead. He is very talented and loving, but he’s no rabbit and all of her friends think he’s funny-looking. In the end, however, Talulah comes to appreciate her unique stuffed friend.

 My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall – A picture book about a zoo with animals made entirely out of hearts. I read this one at a lot of storytimes this year, and it went over really well.

Instructions by Neil Gaiman –  A sweet, wonderful, and awesome look into what we learn from fairy tales and from journeys we can take if only we dare to.

 Ninja Cowboy Bear Presents: the Way of the Ninja by David Bruins – Ninja learns that sometimes the best way to spend time with his friends Cowboy and Bear is to learn to compromise and do things that are fun for everyone.  

 The Octonauts and the Frown Fish by Meomi – The Ocotonauts go on many adventures under the sea and this time they work to help a sad fish learn how to smile only to find he was upside down and happy all along. Every single Octonaut book is precious and is basically Sanrio meets Jules Verne.

 Crow by Leo Timmers – Crow is tired of being dull in comparision to other birds, but in the end he learns it’s usually better to be true to yourself.

So many picture books, so much happiness.

Check back tomorrow for  a post of my Top 10 Children’s/Teen Books of 2010!


About April

I'm a librarian, reader, and writer whose main goal in life is to be able to swim in books the way Scrooge McDuck swims in money. Although my reading choices will always be wildly eclectic and I never plan on leaving any genre unexplored, my favorite reads tend to be Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Gay Romance, or Historical Fiction. You can e-mail me at inspector[dot]librarian[at]gmail[dot]com.
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