Picture Book Binge

I tend to read picture books in gulps. What are your recent favorites? Here are some of mine.

What's the Difference: 40 Pairs of the Seemingly Similar
by Emma Strack, illustrated by Guillaume Plantevin

Nonfiction. Do get your tibula mixed up with your fibula? Know the difference between auks and penguins? As the subtitle says, 40 pairs of common things, explained, and all with stylized flat illustrations that really draw out the similarities and contrasts. A lot of kids will be poring over this book.

Dear Substitute
by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Chris Raschka

An anonymous student pens letters throughout the day when her teacher has a substitute. Kids will recognize the sentiments, and every substitute teacher should tuck this in his/her bag.

A Busy Creature's Day Eating!
by Mo Willems

An alphabet book that starts with a hungry creature gobbling up things alphabetically. But, typical Mo, it takes a twist partway through.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star
by Grace Lin

Little Star can't resist the giant mooncake that Mama's made her and hung in the sky. And we get to watch her nightly nibblings as the moon(cake) wanes each month.

Drawn Together
by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santant

Cultural, language, and generational differences are hard to span when a boy stays with his grandpa - until they discover they both love to draw.

We Don't Eat Our Classmates
by Ryan T. Higgins

Another winner from the author of Mother Bruce. Penelope, the T Rex, keeps eating her classmates. As such, they don't want to have anything to do with her. But when she gets a taste (pun intended) of her own medicine, she learns how to get along. Could be a great social-emotional read.