New Picture Book Favorites

Librarians and kids gave these beautifully illustrated stories two thumbs up!

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What's Your Favorite Animal?

What's Your Favorite Animal?

By Eric Carle and friends

Fourteen children's book illustrators (including snake-loving Mo Willems and pet terrier-fan Rosemary Wells) answer this question through their drawings and stories. Moms loved that they could read a couple of the entries at a sitting rather than having to finish the entire book.

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Maple

Maple

By Lori Nichols

A perfect story for a child who is going to have a new sibling, this sweet book about a nature-loving girl made our reviewers smile.

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3 Things to Help Kids Read

Reading is an important life skill, and young children need a lot of practice in and out of the classroom. Here's what you should do to encourage kids to read.

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Some Bugs

Some Bugs

By Angela DiTerlizzi and Brendan Wenzel

Good news: This book's beautiful illustrations are accompanied by labels to help kids learn about different bug species. Potentially upsetting news: Your child might be motivated to start collecting some real crawling friends.

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Hug Machine

Hug Machine

By Scott Campbell

"This book about a kid who excels at hugs manages to be absolutely adorable without ever turning into cloying schmaltz," says Elizabeth Bird, youth-materials specialist at the New York Public Library. Read it to your own little hug machine pronto.

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The Mermaid and the Shoe

The Mermaid and the Shoe

By K.G. Campbell

Move over, Ariel: This mermaid book has a message. "This story is about not just discovering what you're good at, but also the advantages of having a quick, inquiring mind and asking lots of questions," says Bird.

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The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing

By Ashley Spires

A girl's project doesn't go as planned but turns out awesome anyway. "This is an empowering book for girls, especially ones who love to tinker," says a mom of a 5-year-old.

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Help! We Need a Title!

Help! We Need a Title!

By Hervé Tullet

This unique interactive book breaks the fourth wall on the second page and put our kid reviewers on a fun hunt for a story. "My typically squirmy 4-year-old listened intently," says one mom.

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Three Bears in a Boat

Three Bears in a Boat

By David Soman

On a quest to fix a mistake before momma bear finds out, three little bears learn the importance of sticking together and forgiveness.

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