Ten Picture Books to read this Summer

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You don’t have to be a kid to love picture books, and if you’re like me and can’t resist a beautifully told story with fantastic illustrations then these books might just be up your alley:

  1. The Fog, Kyo Maclear – I absolutely love all of Kyo Maclear’s picture books. They are  all equally clever and beautiful. The Fog, an environmental fable about a bird who is a human-watcher looks like it will be just as gorgeous.
  2. Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel – When it is discovered that there are no more tacos left in the world, the dragons will have to do something about it to make sure that their beloved tacos are no longer extinct. Having read the first one in this series to my son about eight million times, there’s no way I’ll miss picking up this delightful sequel.
  3. Goldfish Ghost, by Lemony Snicket – I love everything by Lemony Snicket and this new picture book looks like it will be just as fantastic. Following the story of a childhood pet gone “belly up,” Snicket takes a clever look at the afterlife.
  4. Life on Mars, by Jon Agee – Playing with visual jokes, a martian follows a little astronaut through the pages of this witty book as he attempts to share some chocolate cupcakes.
  5. Triangle, by Mac Barnett – Triangle plays a trick on his friend square…what will happen? (I don’t know, but if you loved I Want My Hat Back this looks like it will be just as hilarious.
  6. Sparkle Boy, by Lesléa Newman – A sweet book about acceptance and being yourself, Sparkle Boy is about Casey, who loves to play with trucks and puzzles but also loves all things glittery and sparkly.
  7. Ox, Ox: A Love Story, by Adam Rex & illustrated by Andrew Arnold – Told in an epistolary style, Ox Ox is a love story between an ox and a gazelle. Need I say more?
  8. Not Quite Narwhal, by Jessie Sima – The story of a young unicorn who grew up with a family of narwhals, Not Quite Narwhal is a beautifully told story about not-quite fitting in.
  9. Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, by Kwame Alexander – With bright, beautiful pictures to accompany original poems that pay homage to famous poets, this books is definitely going to be a favourite at bedtime for a long time.
  10. Stack the Cats, by Susie Ghahremani – “One cat sleeps. Two cats play. Three cats stack!” This purrrrfect counting book will be sure to motivate little readers who love cats to learn to count.