Picture Book Challenge 2016


The challenge: read 10 picture books each month that fall into the “Wow-this-is-really-great-I-should-tell-others-about-it” category. At the end of each month, post the list on the blog.

The lists are included below by month and will be updated as the year progresses. Click on the month to be directed to the post with the full reviews. 

January 2016

  • Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
  • If It’s Snowy and You Know It Clap Your Paws! by Kim Norman
  • Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
  • Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk
  • Little Things by Anne Laurin
  • Put Me In the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
  • The Boy and the Moon by James Christopher Carroll
  • This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary
  • Underpants Dance by Marlena Zapf

February 2016

  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
  • First Come the Zebra by Lynne Barasch
  • Miracle Man by John Hendrix
  • Miss Moore Thought Otherwise by Jan Pinborough
  • My Mother’s Sari by Sandhya Rao
  • Noodle Magic by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
  • Rhyme Time Valentine by Nancy Poyder
  • That is NOT a Good Idea by Mo Willems
  • The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • Who Says Women Can’t be Doctors by Tanya Lee Stone

March 2016

  • Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
  • Big Sister, Little Sister by Leuyen Pham
  • Loud Lula by Katy S. Duffeld
  • My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald
  • Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds
  • Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
  • The Seeing Stick by Jane Yolen
  • The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman
  • Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

April 2016

  • Am I Small (Bin Ich Klein?) by Phillipp Winterberg
  • Dare to Dream..Change the World by Jill Corcoran
  • Ernest’s First Easter by Paivi Stalder
  • Giraffe’s Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson
  • The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah
  • The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts
  • What Was That? by Geda Bradley Matthews
  • ! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

May 2016

  • How Full is Your Bucket by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
  • If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche
  • Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown
  • My Name is Elizabeth by Annika Dunklee
  • Please Bring Balloons by Lindsay Ward
  • Spy Guy: The Not-So-Secret Agent by Jessica Young
  • Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos
  • The Girl’s Like Spaghetti by Lynne Truss
  • The Sound of Colors by Jimmy Liao

June 2016

  • Bloom by Doreen Cronin
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • Is There Really a Human Race by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
  • Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver
  • Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy
  • The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbably Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Helligman
  • The Sock Thief by Ana Crespo
  • Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar? by George Shannon
  • Yard Sale by Eve Bunting

July 2016

  • Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark
  • Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie
  • Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Vegaki
  • Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow
  • King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan
  • Sam’s Pet Temper by Sangeeta Bhadra
  • Snoring Beauty by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
  • The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
  • The Tickle Stories by Jean Van Leeuwen
  • You’re Mean Lily Jean! by Frieda Wishinsky

August 2016

  • Absolutely One Thing by Lauren Child
  • Counting Lions by Katie Cotton
  • Goodnight, Manger by Laura Sassi
  • How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara
  • Katie and the Sunflowers by James Mayhew
  • Kitchen Dance by Maurie J. Manning
  • Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
  • Where’s My Hug by James Mayhew

September 2016

  • 88 Instruments by Chris Barton
  • Apple Picking Day! by Candice Ranson
  • A Second is a Hiccup by Hazel Hutchins
  • At Night by Jonathan Bear
  • How to Dress a Dragon by Thelma Lynne Godin
  • Sunday Shopping by Sally Derby
  • The Empty Pot by Demi
  • The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth by Margaret Musgrove
  • The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

October 2016

  • A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch
  • Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman
  • Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
  • Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis
  • Mrs Muddle’s Holidays by Laura F. Nielsen
  • Rubber Shoes…A Lesson in Gratitude by Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri
  • The Bag I’m Taking to Grandma’s by Shirley Neitzeil
  • The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • The Eye of the Whale by Jennifer O’Connell
  • The Promise by Nicola Davies

November 2016

  • 101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath by Stacy McAnulty
  • Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty
  • Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Barhan-Quallen
  • Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed
  • Most Loved Monster by Lynn Downey
  • Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems
  • Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant
  • Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
  • The Branch by Mireille Messier
  • The Mangrove Tree by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

December 2016