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I'm feeling a bit out of touch with what's new out there because I don't have regular access to book stores and haven't had much time to peruse blogs either... but I'm ready to make a GIANT book order from Book Depository so I'd love to read about the picture books you loved, in visual terms, and why, so I can buy some!

Thanks in advance!
#1 - February 04, 2015, 05:54 PM

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It's actually from 2010 but I picked up http://www.amazon.ca/Roslyn-Rutabaga-Biggest-Hole-Earth/dp/0888999941at a Scholastic book fair recently, and totally fell in love with the artwork
#2 - February 04, 2015, 06:02 PM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

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THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

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I've got all her books! She's who I want to be when I grow up. :) So yes, I totally agree.
#4 - February 04, 2015, 06:08 PM

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You won't go far wrong if you order the Caldecott winner and honor books. My personal favorite was Melissa Sweet's The Right Word. Incredibly good integration of text, design, and art, which helped enormously in getting across some rather abstract material....
#5 - February 04, 2015, 06:53 PM
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Melissa Sweet pretty much blows the roof off the joint every time out, so thumbs up to Harold's rec. FIREFLY JULY is also phenomenal. I'm also a big fan of the visuals in BAD BYE, GOOD BYE, illustrated by Jonathan Bean. Yuyi Morales was rightfully honored for FRIDA this year, and one of the picture books I bought at my very first SCBWI national conference was her LITTLE NIGHT, which my family has read to tatters.
#6 - February 04, 2015, 07:00 PM

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I so agree with Harold's answer. This year was filled with beautiful books. Another book I loved (wordless) is the emotional The Farmer and the Clown by Maria Frazee.



#7 - February 04, 2015, 07:29 PM

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I quasi-hate to dump a blog on you since you said you don't have time, but the design and art of picture books is basically all I write about on my blog. I try to stay current-ish, but maybe you can find some new ones there?!

In particular, check out Flying Eye Books. They make great, gorgeous, innovative stuff. I LOVED Emily Hughes's WILD.

http://www.designofthepicturebook.com
#8 - February 04, 2015, 09:00 PM
A RAMBLER STEALS HOME, HMH 2016
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A TREEHOUSE; THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE, Chronicle 2017
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Sparky by Jenny Offhill illus. by Chris Appelhans is one of my favorites from last year! Loved it because the text and art pair together to make the jokes/statements about having a sloth for a pet work perfectly.

Am totally blanking on other titles right now. Argh! Will come back if I can think of more. Second the suggestion about the Caldecott winner and honors!
#9 - February 04, 2015, 09:43 PM
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I agree with many of the others above, but some of my recent favs that haven't been listed are Mike Curato's LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY (absolutely adorable), Raul's Colon's DRAW! (can't believe it didn't get some kind of recognition), Hannah Harrison's EXTRAORDINARY JANE (fabulous!), Kristy Dempsey and Floyd Cooper's A DANCE LIKE STARLIGHT (beautiful!), Scott Magoon's BREATHE, Mark Pett's THE GIRL AND THE BICYCLE, David Soman's THREE BEARS IN A BOAT, and Scott Campbell's HUG MACHINE. SOOOO many awesome ones lately. Sorry if I went overboard. I got carried away. :-)
#10 - February 05, 2015, 08:04 AM
ALIENS GET THE SNIFFLES TOO! Candlewick, 2017
LOUD LULA, Two Lions 2015
CALIFORNIA HISTORY FOR KIDS, CRP
FARMER MCPEEPERS Rising Moon

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A couple of my favorite picture books, mainly for their illustrations, published in 2014 are:

Three Bears in a Boat : David Soman  :goldstar :goldstar :goldstar :goldstar
Winter is Coming: Illustrated by Jim La Marche  :goldstar :goldstar :goldstar :goldstar :goldstar

#11 - February 08, 2015, 12:31 PM
Fur Balls & Feathers & Fins, Oh My! Animals Are My Kind of People
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THIS BOOK JUST ATE MY DOG by Richard Byrne
#12 - February 08, 2015, 04:42 PM
NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, GRIMELDA series,
CITY SHAPES, DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS, ONE SNOWY DAY, PIZZA PIG, and more...
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It's from 2013, but I love our own Deborah Freedman's THE STORY OF FISH AND SNAIL.
#13 - February 08, 2015, 08:23 PM

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A couple of my favorite picture books, mainly for their illustrations, published in 2014 are:

Three Bears in a Boat : David Soman  :goldstar :goldstar :goldstar :goldstar
Winter is Coming: Illustrated by Jim La Marche  :goldstar :goldstar :goldstar :goldstar :goldstar



Wow, I love the textures in Jim La Marche's work. Beautiful!

Carter, I'm well aware of your blog and it's wondrousness! And in fact I've ordered many books as a result of reading it (and it's one of the few blogs I do keep up to date with) but for now I was just looking for quick recommendations by the GWPP (that's General Writerly Picturely Public!). The wider the range of people I ask, the more varied the recommendations I get, which is nice! That's also why I didn't just want to check any 'best' lists (even Caldecott winners), I was looking more for personal recommendations.

Thanks all!
#14 - February 09, 2015, 07:52 AM

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Thanks for all the PB recommendations everyone! I'm adding those I was unaware of to my ever-growing list of PBs for ReFoReMo (March 2015).

http://www.carriecharleybrown.com/reforemo

I plan to read 10 PBs per day throughout that month. The event has daily posts from amazing authors/educators. Sign-up closes soon.

Join us!
#15 - February 09, 2015, 08:00 AM

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