The Best Picture Books of 2017! One's you'll want to read to your kids, and some that will actually have them laughing out loud.

Our Favorite Books of 2017 – Part Two

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Many people have been asking me and I'm happy to announce that the weekly picture book lists are back!

I decided to take a break from writing them for the summer and meant to get this one up last week but then Ephraim came down with tonsillitis and had a fever for a few days and wasn't sleeping well so it just didn't happen. So here it is today!

You may have noticed I've changed up the day; instead of posting book lists on Fridays I'm going to try to have them up on Tuesdays and then have another non-book list post on Thursdays, I think this will just work a little better with our personal schedule.

We are kicking off the weekly book lists with some of the best picture books of 2017 thus far. I wrote a part one to this post before the summer and had originally intended to just keep adding to that post but I was afraid it would get lost in the archives and people would miss out on some really great books.

You can check out the part one to this list here.

There have been so many good picture books published this year that I am actually already drafting a part three, stay tuned for that!

Out of all the books on this list I'd have to say that my personal favorites are BE QUIET! and The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors. I'd love to hear if you have different favorites.

Also, as always, if your family has a favorite picture book that has been published this year that isn't on this list, leave me a note in the comments because I know we're going to want to check it out!

The Best Picture Books of 2017! One's you'll want to read to your kids, and some that will actually have them laughing out loud.

THE BEST PICTURE BOOKS OF 2017 - PART TWO

Monster's New Undies

These are my undies!
A sweet work of art!
Uh-oh! My undies!
They just fell apart.

Monster is JUST FINE with his old undies, thank you very much. But when his undies fall apart, what's a monster to do? His mommy takes him shopping, of course! But finding the perfect pair of undies is not going to be easy. . . 

Come on already!
Can't you just see?
There are no new undies
just right for me.

Uh-oh! Will monster ever find the perfect pair of undies? 

Be Quiet!

All Rupert the mouse wants is to star in a beautiful, wordless picturebook. One that's visually stimulating! With scenic pictures! And style! He has plenty of ideas about what makes a great book, but his friends just WON'T. STOP. TALKING.

Nerdy Bird Tweets

Nerdy Birdy and his best friend, Vulture, are very different. Nerdy Birdy loves video games, but Vulture finds them BORING. Vulture loves snacking on dead things, but Nerdy Birdy finds that GROSS. Luckily, you don’t have to agree on everything to still be friends.

One day, Nerdy Birdy joins Tweetster, and the friend requests start flying in. Vulture watches as Nerdy Birdy gets swept up in his new friendships, but when she finally gets angry, Nerdy Birdy knows just what to do to make things right.

Rulers of the Playground

One morning, Jonah decided to become ruler of the playground.

Everyone agreed to obey his rules to play in King Jonah’s kingdom . . . 

Everyone except for Lennox . . . because she wanted to rule the playground, too.

A gloriously rendered, hilariously deadpan tale of playground politics.

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals. But one day, when they're looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou's friend has an idea: Up there! The tree can be our ship! Ummm ... says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she's sure she can't do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn't work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them --- her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn't climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn't want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?

Little Excavator

Here come the BIG RIGS 
rolling down the street. 
Thumpa-thumpa
bumpa-bumpa
BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!

There's Loader and Dump Truck, Backhoe and Crane. They're ready to transform a vacant lot into a neighborhood park. And who wants to help most of all?

Little Excavator! But are there any jobs for someone so small?

Escargot

Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:

1. To be your favorite animal. 
2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.

But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there's a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one―with a little help from you!―he discovers that it's not so bad after all

The Book of Mistakes

One eye was bigger than the other.  That was a mistake.
The weird  frog-cat-cow thing? It made an excellent bush.
And the inky smudges… they look as if they were always meant to be leaves floating gently across the sky.

As one artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in quirky and unexpected ways, taking readers on a journey through her process. Told in minimal, playful text, this story shows readers that even the biggest “mistakes” can be the source of the brightest ideas—and that, at the end of the day, we are all works in progress, too.

We're All Wonders

Countless fans have asked R. J. Palacio to write a book for younger readers. With We’re All Wonders, she makes her picture-book debut as both author and artist, with a spare, powerful text and striking, richly imagined illustrations. Palacio shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world—a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way. 
 
We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

 

The Giant Jumperee

Rabbit arrives home one day to hear a loud voice coming from inside his burrow:

"I'm the Giant Jumperee and I'm scary as can be!" shouts the stranger. 

Rabbit's friends Cat, Bear, and Elephant come to help, but they're no match for the mysterious, booming voice. But who is the Giant Jumperee? Find out in this new read-aloud classic from internationally bestselling author Julia Donaldson, beautifully brought to life by award-winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury.

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