It is time to reveal five more not-to-be-missed picture books! While I have not been sharing these books with you in any particular order, I have been sharing books with wintery themes in the winter and books with summery themes in the summer. (Apologies to those of you in the Southern Hemisphere.) All five books below involve outdoor adventures of various sorts.
Here is the full list of 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books.
Peek!: A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho and Holly Meade. A father and daughter engage in a playful game of jut-ay (Thai hide-and-seek). This is one of my children’s favorite books; they enjoy searching for the daughter hidden on each page. Illustrator Holly Meade received a Caldecott Honor for Hush!: A Thai Lullaby, and Meade’s illustrations in Peek!: A Thai Hide-and-Seek are equally impressive — colorful and textured, with unusual perspectives. Ages 2+
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown. A magical story about a young boy who discovers a patch of wildflowers growing on an abandoned railway. When the boy cares for the wildflowers, they begin to thrive and transform the city. Peter Brown has imagined and created a extraordinary green city that my children are delighted to visit. Ages 3+
Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni. A masterfully told story about identity and friendship. In Fish is Fish, a fish dreams of exploring the world outside the water like his good friend the tadpole turned frog. One day, with a great whack of his tail, the fish leaps out of the water only to find himself laying on the grass gasping for air. Ages 4+
Stella: Star of the Sea by Marie-Louise Gay. The story of a boy Sam’s first trip to the sea that features entertaining banter between Sam and his older sister Stella and beautiful illustrations. In Stella: Star of the Sea, Sam is full of questions about the sea, and Stella is full of delightfully absurd answers. Stella: Star of the Sea spawned a series of books about this unforgettable pair of siblings. Ages 4+
Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Cristina Bjork and Lena Anderson. An enchanting story of a girl’s trip to Paris and to Monet’s garden in Giverny. Linnea in Monet’s Garden does a wonderful job of introducing kids to impressionism and Monet as well as helping kids imagine what it would be like to travel to Paris. Linnea’s curiosity is contagious. Ages 6+