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.
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.
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.
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.
So many picture books, so much happiness.
Check back tomorrow for a post of my Top 10 Children’s/Teen Books of 2010!