By the Numbers
Picture Books: 12
Writing: Don't Play With Your Food! by Bob Shea
A monster intends to eat some bunnies, but for some reason he keeps getting distracted. Could the bunnies have anything to do with that? . . . Of course they do. Smart and funny, and dang those bunnies are cute.
Illustration: Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
The intricacy of the pages (there are so many details to pore over!) are balanced by the simple pen-and-ink style, with one element that pops out in color. A visual treat of New York City, and all the places a dragon can hide therein.
Overall: Silly Doggy! by Adam Stower
When Lily finds a bear in her backyard, she immediately proclaims it her new doggy. I love the interplay between the words and the pictures, and the visual contrast between teeny-tiny Lily and that gigantic bear.
Because I Want To Awards
Read This After Watching Toy Story: Found by Salina Yoon
When a bear finds a stuffed bunny lost in the forest, he tries to do the right thing and get it back to its owner. But he's forming his own attachment. The end will make you awwwwwwwwww.
Naked Presidents and the Line of Succession, How Can You Lose?: President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Besides the gleeful fun of the various proposed methods for getting the POTUS out of his tub, there's actually a little educational content in all the various secretaries and such.
Ugly Duckling, with Teeth! And Fire!: The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water by Gemma Marino
Like it says. That lil' croc is just too cute for words, with his water wings and everything.