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Best Picture Books of 2019

Although we are only a few months into 2019, there have been SO many amazing picture books! Check out some of our favorites, all available from the Cape May County Library system.


Love by Stacy McAnulty: Love can be seen every day, everywhere, and everyone can show it.” A beautiful book celebrating love in every form - perfect for storytimes and one-on-one sharing!


The Babysitter from Another Planet by Stephen Savage: "The kids are in for a treat when their parents leave them with an extraterrestrial babysitter." Perfect for this year’s CSLP theme, patron favorite Stephen Savage delivers a comical and fun twist to the classic babysitter tale!


How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps by Nicola Winstanley: “A little girl and her cat make an escalating mess while respectively trying to follow and resist the cat-bathing instructions of a bossy narrator.” This book is guaranteed to make readers of all ages laugh! Featuring a diverse protagonist, readers will adore the contrast between the narrator’s instructions and the comical illustrations.


Poop or Get Off the Potty! by Margaret McNamara: “Mason and Mia look ahead to official big-kid territory.” Hands down the best potty training book in years! McNamara’s latest book will encourage new potty-users in a fun and comforting way.


Princess Puffybottom and Daryl by Susin Nielsen: “Princess Puffybottom has the perfect life -- her subjects serve her delicious meals, clean up her "delicate matters" and wait on her hand and foot. Life is good ...until Darryl arrives. Princess Puffybottom thinks he's disgusting, horrid and a true animal. Though she tries everything in her power to banish him (including hypnosis, trickery and even sabotage), it looks like this puppy is here to stay. Can Princess P. and Darryl find a way to coexist?” There are so many amazing things about this book - adjusting to a new family member, humor, as well as an LGBT couple. Readers of all ages will be waiting for Princess P. and Darryl’s next team-up!


Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets: an Unusual Alphabet by Sara O’Leary: “A book of little-known animal 'facts' -- one for each letter of the alphabet.” This is an absolutely fantastic alphabet book - beautiful illustrations, short, alliterative sentences, filled with diverse personalities that will beg multiple rereads!


Found by Jeff Newman: “While Jenn is seeking Prudence, her big, sleek and shiny, black and white dog, she meets and falls in love with Roscoe, a scruffy little golden dog.” This beautiful, wordless tale illustrates the indescribable bond between humans and their pets.


Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish by Beth Ferry: “A child presents ten essential rules of birthday wishes, from planning the right party through having the right dessert--with a light to blow out--to keeping the wish secret.” You’ll want to have this book handy during the next birthday celebration - it certainly lists the best way to wish!


Wings by Cheryl B. Klein: “Follows a baby bird on its first flight, one that starts cautiously and ends with delight.” An adorable read just in time for spring, each page features one word related to a baby bird’s first flight.


Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman: “Tiny T. Rex wants to cheer up his friend, Pointy, with a hug, but he is frustrated because even as he gets bigger, his arms remain too small for proper hugging--but he is determined to practice, even when he gets into trouble.” A sweet story of friendship, readers will root for Tiny throughout his quest to support his best friend.


Just Read by Lori Degman: “Rhyming text celebrates reading in its many forms as it follows a diverse group of children who read wherever and whenever they can.” Whether you’ve been reading for a day, a year, or a hundred years, readers will celebrate the adventure that comes with each page of a book.


Because by Mo Willems: “A series of events, some seemingly very insignificant, lead to a young girl attending a life-changing concert.” A stunning new picture book from best-selling author Mo Willems, Because celebrates the entire culture of creativity, from the bus driver who transports the orchestra, to the ushers that seat attendees, to the composer, to the young audience member whose life was forever changed.


We hope you enjoy these books as much as we have!

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