I first began reviewing picture books on this blog in January 2016. Since then, I’ve posted over 50 reviews each year. Beginning in 2018, I’ve been pairing two picture books weekly as well.
Although that’s quite a few books, I’ve read many more picture books than I’ve reviewed, and I also was reading many picture books before I began this venture. Interestingly, the first review I posted, Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation, contains two of the themes which run through several of the books I’ve reviewed: immigration and family separation. Note that I posted this review, and this book was published, prior to the political changes that encouraged my focus.
I’ve heard that these past several years have been a renaissance in picture books. I agree! When I looked back through my posts and perused my shelves, it was wonderful to see the blossoming of this craft.
Several of these picture books of this past decade have stuck with me. Here, in no particular order, are a baker’s dozen (the magic 13, my favorite number) that first came to mind:
The first of, sadly, many of the picture books chronicling the refugee experience
So thought provoking
The arduous journey through Mexico to the US
A photograph illuminated via poetry
Brilliant new insight into a seminal moment in history
Explaining memory loss to children & their adults
Bilingual, poetic & I loved learning about this Cuban hero’s sojourn in NY
Reflections on the loss of a loved one
Pure fun! I felt like I was on the soccer field with the players
A reassuring bedtime story, filled with bird facts & back matter
Best title ever: so simple yet so profound
Possibly my favorite picture book of all time – we can change the world for the better, one word at a time.
Happy New Year, dear readers! Here’s to a wonderful year and decade ahead of reading, writing, and positive changes!