Sunday, March 4, 2012

Good Reads Challenge-Best Picture Books

At the beginning of 2012 I decided to participate in the Good Reads Challenge. I challenged myself to read 2012 new to me books.  Wow, I didn't realize how hard it was going to be to read 2012 books that I have never read before.  I'm impressed that I've read 215 books so far this year.  I've come across some great books and some not so great books.  In this post I'm going to list some of the best picture books.  These are my favorites so far.  

I have Twitter to thank for a lot of great suggestions.  If you haven't jumped on the Twitter bandwagon I highly suggest you do.  You can follow me on Twitter, @libraryjo92.  Some other great people to follow on Twitter are, @mentortexts, @donalynbooks, @colbysharp, @100scopenotes, @MrSchuReads.

*Another Brother by Matthew Cordell
*Chicken Dance by Tammi Saver
*We Are In A Book by Mo Willems
*Henry and the Crazed Chicken Pirates by Carolyn Crimi
*Blackout by John Rocco
*Balloons over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet
*The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens
*Betty Bunny Wants Everything by Michael Kaplan
*My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil by Hanoch Piven
*Al Pha's Bet by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
*Big Bouffant by Kate Hosford
*Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals
*The Day-Glo Brothers:  The True Story of Bob & Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand New Colors by Chris Barton
*Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming

My next post two posts will be about some really great chapter books and graphic novels that I've read so far this year.  Stay tuned.



  1. What an ambitious goal! Delighted to discover Compost Stew listed among your favorites so far. Thanks for including it, Stacey, and good luck with the challenge!

  2. Thanks for visiting the site. I loved Compost Stew. I am buying it for my school library. It's a great introduction for our 3rd Grade recycling unit.

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Stacey, and for helping to spread a little green in the world with Compost Stew! Teachers and students might also like to explore the book's teaching resources, lesson plans, and activities for kids on my website at

      Hope everyone will dig in... and enjoy!