50 Best Picture Books for Your Child In 2017

Picture books are still amazing entertainment for kids – and even adults. There’s nothing like immersing yourself in beautiful images that say more than words can. Our list reveals the picture books we believe every child should own in 2017.  

1) Be Quiet!

Be Quiet! Picture Book

By

Ryan T. Higgins

Synopsis

It’s an illustrative story about a tiny mouse named Rupert. Need we say more?

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2) A Greyhound, a Groundhog

A Greyhound, a Groundhog Picture Book

By

Emily Jenkins, Chris Appelhans

Synopsis

The adorable story of two unlikely animal friends and the frantic high jinks they sometimes find themselves involved in.

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3) If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed

If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed Picture Book

By

Denise Vega

Synopsis

So you have a sleepless monster, do ya? Well, this colourful tale has all the tips and tricks to help kiddies send them to the land of nod.

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4) Big Cat, Little Cat

Big Cat, Little Cat Picture Book

By

Elisha Cooper

Synopsis

This is a lovely poignant story of friendship and loss that children and adults alike will love.

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5) Things to Do

Things to Do Picture Book

By

Elaine Magliaro

Synopsis

Wonderous poetry accompanied by amazing images that bring to life the happiness and creativity experienced during childhood.

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6) I Don't Draw, I Color!

I Don't Draw, I Color! picture book

By

Adam Lehrhaupt

Synopsis

I Don’t Draw, I Color! explores the power of expression through the use of different colours. “What colour do you feel like today?”

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7) Spunky Little Monkey

Spunky Little Monkey picture book

By

Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Brian Won

Synopsis

Here’s a monkey with bundles of energy who is guaranteed to be the life of any party. Encourage kids to clap, dance and sing to some energetic rhythm and rhyme activities.

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8) Rulers of the Playground

Rulers of the Playground picture book

By

Joseph Kuefler

Synopsis

Playground politics has never been funnier than with Kuelfer’s instant classic. Jonah wants to rule the playground…but so do a lot of other children. Watch things unfold in the most visually appealing way.

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9) Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3

Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3 picture book

By

Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan, Grace Zong

Synopsis

When the pupils of Room 3 find out that their favourite teacher, Mrs McBee is leaving at the end of the school year, they come together to give her the perfect send-off. But will they get it right in time in this quaint picture book?

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10) Baby's First Words

Baby's First Words picture book

By

Stella Blackstone, Sunny Scribens, Christiane Engel

Synopsis

This picturesque portrayal of living and learning with a young baby is as educational as it is entertaining. Young children can learn along with baby as she explores a host of charming environments.

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11) Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are picture book

By

Maurice Sendak

Synopsis

You’ve no doubt heard of this classic before and marvelled at its unique pictures. Follow the imaginative mind of Max as he ventures into the land of the Wild Things one night.

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12) The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree picture book

By

Shel Silverstein

Synopsis

When a tree loves a young boy so much that it gives him gifts whenever he arrives, you know that the bond is a beautiful one. Silverstein’s illustrations breathe life into a connection that melds reality and make-believe.

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13) The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day picture book

By

Ezra Jack Keats

Synopsis

Peter’s day exploring the snowfall turns into one with endlessly magical possibilities. And this important picture book delves into how a typically mundane setting can be transformed into an adventure.

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14) If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie picture book

By

Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond

Synopsis

Be careful what you give to a mouse – one thing is sure to lead to another. There’s never been a more humorous way of teaching kids about cause and effect than this story that avalanches out of control.

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15) XO, OX A Love Story

XO, OX A Love Story picture book

By

Adam Rex, Scott Campbell

Synopsis

XO, OX is what you get when a hopeless romantic Ox chases after the affections of a graceful gazelle. Scott Campbell’s images give this cute chronicle of the Ox’s efforts expressions that many of us can identify with.

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16) Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site picture book

By

Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld

Synopsis

If you enjoyed ‘Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site’, then you’ll absolutely love another jaunt into the friendships and teamwork of the plucky characters from the book.

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17) A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day picture book

By

Lane Smith

Synopsis

It’s a perfect day in Bert’s garden for Dog, Cat, Squirrel and Chickadee…that is until Bear comes along and breaks up the beautiful bliss in this unique brush stroke-style picture book.

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18) Goodnight, Numbers

Goodnight, Numbers picture book

By

Danica McKellar, Alicia Padron

Synopsis

Colours, shapes, words and numbers all go into this secretly educational bedtime picture book that many important skills so that children are set for success. Kids will be dreaming about gorgeous numbers in their sleep.

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19) We’re All Wonders

We’re All Wonders picture book

By

R.J. Palacio

Synopsis

‘We’re All Wonders’ teaches a valuable lesson in a very child-friendly way: that we must be accepting of all people, even if we’re different.

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20) The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne picture book

By

Carole Boston WeatherfordElizabeth Zunon

Synopsis

Teach you kids about the legendary entertainer and civil rights activist.

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21) Pip Sits

Pip Sits picture book

By

Mary Morgan

Synopsis

When Pip sits on Mother Ducks eggs as a favour, they hatch sooner than expected and immediately believe that Pip is their mum!

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22) Feminist Baby

Feminist Baby picture book

By

Loryn Brantz

Synopsis

Is there a picture book more 2017 than one about a baby girl who does her own thang? Loryn Brantz warm “baby’s first steps” into the feminism world is an absolute must-have.

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23) Rock Away Blues

Rock Away Blues picture book

By

Dandi Daley Mackall, Mike DeSantis

Synopsis

The great thing about the eye-catching ‘Rock Away Blues’ is that it encourages readers to participate in the japes. By the end of the book, you’ll be wishing you had a grandma like the one in this picture book.

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24) Can You Keep a Straight Face?

Can You Keep a Straight Face? picture book

By

Élisa Géhin, Bernard Duisit

Synopsis

‘Can You Keep a Straight Face?’ when you read this amusing pop-up picture book? It’s very hard to when kids are mimicking the outlandish facial expressions that they can activate on the page.

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25) Sometimes It's Storks

Sometimes It's Storks picture book

By

L.J.R. Kelly, Brothers Hilts

Synopsis

‘Sometimes It’s Storks’ takes a weird and wacky look at the world of baby delivery as an inept stork misplaces the baby en route to the baby’s mother.

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26) I Am a Unicorn!

I Am a Unicorn! picture book

By

Michaela Schuett

Synopsis

“You’re not a unicorn!” Goat keeps telling Frog, but Frog never doubts his magical gifts.

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27) Perfectly Norman

Perfectly Norman picture book

By

Tom Percival

Synopsis

Percival’s uplifting tale explores a supernatural event that turns an ordinary boy into a very special one.

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28) Raisin, the Littlest Cow

Raisin, the Littlest Cow picture book

By

Miriam Busch, Larry Day

Synopsis

When you’re the littlest, loveliest cow of the lot, like Raisin is, you’re used to having all of the attention and love directed at you. But when Raisin finds out that she is due a sibling, she has to come to terms with no longer being the littlest cow. 

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29) Laundry Day

Laundry Day picture book

By

Jessixa Bagley

Synopsis

Delightful imagery is the order of the day here, giving Bagley’s cautionary fable about a hectic laundry day an attractive and memorable veneer that children will learn from.

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30) We Are Family

We Are Family picture book

By

Patricia Hegarty, Ryan Wheatcroft

Synopsis

No matter the issues you may go through with your children, siblings or parents, family is always something special.

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31) General Relativity for Babies

General Relativity for Babies picture book

By

Chris Ferrie

Synopsis

For the bitesize geniuses in your gene pool, Ferrie’s outrageously informative picture book actually explores Einstein’s famous theory! Only using a lot more colours and baby-specific drawings.

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32) Malala: Activist for Girls' Education

Malala: Activist for Girls' Education picture book

By

Raphaële Frier, Aurélia Fronty

Synopsis

See the uplifting story of Malala Yousafzai visualised and inspire the next generation of intelligent female activists with this arresting biography.

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33) The Lines on Nana's Face

The Lines on Nana's Face picture book

By

Simona Ciraolo

Synopsis

Italian-born Ciraolo brings some Sardinian flare to this imaginative story. The picture book follows a young girl and her elderly nana as they take trips down nana’s wonderous memory lane.

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34) I Am Not Scared

I Am Not Scared picture book

By

Anna Kang, Chris Weyant

Synopsis

Tickle yourself and your child with striking illustrations that underline the fraught emotions two cuddly buddies as they try to conquer their fears.

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35) Meg in the Jungle

Meg in the Jungle picture book

By

David Walser, Jan Pieńkowski

Synopsis

‘Meg in the Jungle’ is another from the ‘Meg and Mog’ series of books that have been entertaining tiddlywinks for decades. This time, Meg’s causing all sorts of mischief, making some animal friends and foes along the way.

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36) Lucy Loves Sherman

Lucy Loves Sherman picture book

By

Catherine Bailey, Meg Walters

Synopsis

Lucy loves a lobster named Sherman so much she wants to keep him and prevent him from being the main course in a restaurant in this adorable escapade.  

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37) Groggle's Monster Valentine

Groggle's Monster Valentine picture book

By

Diana Murray, Bats Langley

Synopsis

The twosome of Murray and Langley bring a monstrous world to the page and, somehow, make it very palatable for kids of all ages.

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38) Zebra on the Go

Zebra on the Go picture book

By

Jill Nogales, Loraine Rocha

Synopsis

Zebra wants out of the circus but lion isn’t about to let him get away that easily.

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39) All Kinds of Cars

All Kinds of Cars picture book

By

Carl Johanson

Synopsis

A vivid take on transportation and what functions different kinds of vehicles play in society.

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40) The Land of Nod

The Land of Nod picture book

By

Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Hunter

Synopsis

Making the night time bright and beautiful for little children is no mean feat. But ‘The Land of Nod’ does it beautifully to accompany the famous the Robert Louis Stevenson poem of the same name.

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41) The Happiest Book Ever

The Happiest Book Ever picture book

By

Bob Shea

Synopsis

This interactive book is visually striking with striking alterations on some recognisable animals. We promise that there won’t be a sad face to be had with this one.

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42) Bear Likes Jam

Bear Likes Jam picture book

By

Ciara Gavin

Synopsis

The easiest way to convince fussy eaters to change their dietary habits is to get them this pictographic picture book and hope for the best. If this yarn of a jam-eating bear doesn’t change their minds, nothing will…probably.

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43) How to Trap a Leprechaun

By

Sue Fliess, Emma Randall

Synopsis

Kids often hear stories about leprechauns that grant wishes when they’re caught. Well, a group of friends set out to see if the centuries old belief is real or myth.

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44) Magic Spell

Magic Spell Picture book

By

Julie Paschkis

Synopsis

This is a sophisticated picture book in both illustration and reading. A real literary highlight for American author Julie Paschkis.

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45) Snail and Worm Again

Snail and Worm Again picture book

By

Tina Kugler

Synopsis

As you can probably tell, this is a sequel. We recommend that you read ‘Snail and Worm’ also. In whatever order you like. It doesn’t really matter as both a chock full of outrageously clever laughs.

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46) Love Is

Love Is picture book

By

Diane Adams

Synopsis

An enchanting picture book that chronicles the relationship between a young girl and her duckling as they learn more and more about one another.

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47) It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk

It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk picture book

By

Josh Funk, Edwardian Taylor

Synopsis

Jack knows he is in the storyline of a fairy-tale and wants no part of it. Instead, he decides to create his own with silly results.

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48) Lola Gets a Cat

Lola Gets a Cat picture book

By

Anna McQuinn, Rosalind Beardshaw

Synopsis

Young Lola wants to own her very own cat so badly that she’s actually prepared to do her homework on cats! This picture book is so attractive, your little one may hear the call of kitty purrs beckoning too, so be careful.

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49) Little Excavator

Little Excavator picture book

By

Anna Dewdney

Synopsis

The most helpful little excavator on the planet is here, ready to make a BIG impression.

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50) Out!

Out! Picture Book

By

Arree Chung

Synopsis

This hilarious pencil colour caper is laugh out loud funny. Arree Chung create a big adventure in the domesticity and quiet of a typical night at home…but nothing is typical about night for baby and his caring companion, Jo Jo.

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