Picture Book Month – Staff Picks

November is National Picture Book Month! Our staff have been celebrating by sharing some personal favorites. Check out our suggestions below– you can put them on hold, too; just click on the book’s picture or title. Happy reading!



Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters?
by John Steptoe
“This has been my favorite book since I heard it in the second grade. The story and artwork have stayed with me my whole life and I often recommend this to people looking for great folktales and read-aloud books. ” – Shamekia





Flora and the Flamingo?
by Molly Idle
“I love it because it tells a sweet story without any text at all, and the pictures are gorgeous.” – Lauren




Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
by Peter Brown
“When Mr. Tiger grows tired of acting proper all the time, he decides to go wild — much to the shock of his friends. There are illustrations of animals wearing top hats . . . need I say more?” – Kathy




Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
by Virginia Lee Burton
“Growing up, I LOVED Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. I think it is the combination of the vibrant red cover with Mary Anne in the middle (and the fact that the steam shovel is a girl); the underdog story line and the wonderful solution that ends the story that makes it a favorite.” – Peggy



by Jo Empson
“The illustrations are some of my all-time favorites. What I love most about the book, though, is that it deals very simply with loss, and reminds us all that even though someone may be gone, their legacy lives on in others.” – Mary Susan





Duck on a Bike
by David Shannon
“This book is fun and interactive, and who doesn’t want to see a duck riding a bike?!” – Cheryl





Mo’s Mustache?
by Ben Clanton
“This book is a blast to read because you can act different voices for each character and it doesn’t shy away from more difficult words!” – Brian




Looking at Lincoln
by Maira Kalman
“The gorgeous illustrations in this book pulled me in, and then the story made me stay. Maira Kalman presents a simple, unique biography of Abraham Lincoln, one that’s both appropriate for children and incredibly moving for all ages.” – Dana




by Kelly DiPucchio
“This book tells a sweet story about a classic mix-up. Two cute pups trade families, ultimately learning that just because something looks right doesn’t mean it will feel right.” – Mary

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