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Each week the Broke and Bookish host this fantastic weekly feature that poses different bookish questions. I think I’m slowly getting the hang of this, though these girls have definitely picked some tricky topics to discuss. At least it gets my brain thinking, which is a great thing!

This weeks topic? Top Ten Tuesday Freebie — Use this week to write a top ten list about ANYTHING in literature. Maybe you have a more specific list you want to do (Top Ten Dystopians, Top Ten Creatures in Paranormal Lit, Top Ten Classics, etc) or something completely your own?
So, being inspired by the recent 10 for 10 Picture Book Event hosted at Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community as well as Enjoy and Embrace Learning I decided that this would be the best time to seize the moment. Now, because I have the discretion to choose the Top Ten Picture Books how I’d like, I’m going to go with this topic…Top Ten Favorite Picture Books Published This Year So Far! Here goes (just click on the titles to go to our reviews)!

1. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen – Perfect! This is by far our favorite picture book this year. I don’t care if you’re an adult (especially adults actually), you need to read this book. We loved it so much we made our own photo version of the book! Take a look!

2. Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant & Piggie Story) by Mo Willems – Another fantastic addition to the series that Littlebug can’t stop requesting. Love it!

3. Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng – Gorgeous book. This is one of the only picture books that has had me sobbing through most of the story, it’s incredible!

4. Big Bouffant by Kate Hosford – Littlebug loved this one! Not only are the illustrations perfect, but the message is wonderful for little ones.

5. Tia Isa Wants A Car by Meg Medina – What can I say? I’m a serious car girl and I love being able to share that with my kiddos, especially when the book has a wonderful message as well. Love this one!

6. Pirate vs. Pirate by Mary Quattlebaum – Argh! Who doesn’t love pirates, really? My Turkeybird and Littlebug love pirates and in fact have embarrassed me by pointing at a man with an eye patch and saying “pirate ship!”, not too long ago. Yeah, how do you apologize for that one? Still, this is a fantastic book with gorgeous illustrations and of course…pirates!

7. About Habitats – Grasslands by Cathryn Sill – This has long been one of our favorite non-fiction children’s book series. Turkeybird especially loves the one about frogs, but this one and now the Butterfly edition are quickly becoming new favorites. Love this series!

8. The LOUD Book! by Deborah Underwood – Is there a kid on the planet who doesn’t like to be loud at some point? Seriously, this is so fantastic! Both of my kiddos love discovering new “loud” things and sounds. And don’t get me started on the illustrations…beautiful!

9. Felicity & Cordelia by Lisa Jahn-Clough – This is a favorite of the Turkeybird, I think mostly because of the hot air balloon, but I’m so happy he loves it! It’s all about these two friends who are complete opposites, but still manage to be the best of friends. It’s a lesson I think everyone deserves to learn at some point in their lives and this is the perfect medium.

10. Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby – Another favorite of the Turkeybird. All about a groundhog who outsmarts a fox and instead of being eaten gains a friend. The illustrations are also unbelievably gorgeous. Love this one!

Do I really have to stop? Honestly, there are so many more I could add and quite a few that haven’t even been released yet that we’re dying to review!
You’re never too old to pick up a picture book, so why not try one of these?

If you’re participating this week, which Top Ten post did you choose?

15 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Picture Books Published This Year So Far!

  1. Bea says:

    I’ll be checking my local library for these. I’m always on the lookout for new books for my classroom

  2. These all look so good. I love the Ladder to the Moon cover.

  3. Pam T says:

    Oh my gosh, I’ve not read “I Want My Hat Back” and it is soooo me! (except maybe I’m looking for car keys… but you know what I mean)

    Love the pics of Littlebug and Turkeybird. They are really getting big.
    Pam

    • I Want My Hat Back is on my Top Ten List for all-time favorite children’s books ever as well, it’s that good! You definitely need to pick up a copy, because I’m sure you’d love it. :)

      Thanks! They are getting quite big, it’s crazy! Pretty soon they’ll be reading middle grade books…how time flies.

  4. Jenni Elyse says:

    Fantastic list even though I haven’t read any of these books. I almost did a children’s book list for my top ten, but most of mine would’ve been Dr. Seuss books, so I decided to go another route.

    Have you read the book I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont? For mutual last week, one of the advisors read it for a lesson on Individual Worth. I loved the pictures and the book was just so good. If you haven’t read it, I’m sure you and your kids would love it.

    • I could definitely see how you’d put tons of Dr.Seuss on a children’s book list. Did you know there’s a new book of “lost” stories being released soon? I can’t wait to read it!

      I’ve never read I Like Myself! but it sounds fantastic! I’ll have to look it up because I’m sure the kiddos would love it. Thank you!

  5. Love it! Some of these I have heard of but not seen up close. I’ll need to track them down! My list is similar. I did top ten favorite children’s illustrators: http://sharingsoda.blogspot.com/2011/08/top-ten-tuesday-20-freebie-topic.html

  6. Beth Hoffman says:

    I love to buy books for my friend’s children, and these all look wonderful!

  7. ‘I Want My Hat Back’ sounds hilarious! I’d love to check these books out soon. Thank you so much for putting together this list.

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