Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picture Books

Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Cover image for Me-- JaneThis author/illustrator also writes the MUTTS comic strip.  The book is about a little girl named Jane who loves nature.  She has a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee. Every day, she enjoys finding out about the animals around her and dreams of one day going to Africa to study and help animals.  At the end of the book we find out it is a book about Jane Goodall. There is some biographical information on her life at the end of the book and a message from Jane to the readers as well. I love the illustrations!


Creepy Carrots! By Aaron Reynolds

Cover image for Creepy carrots!Jasper Rabbit took the best carrots from Crackenhopper Field every time he passed by. That is until he thought he was being followed by the CREEPY CARROTS! Or so he thought. Will he be able to stop them?


Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul

Cover image for Water is water : a book about the water cycleIn Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle, the illustrator, Jason Chin, emphasizes the importance of water and its ever changing and evolving forms using expressive full page illustrations. In these illustrations, we follow children as they experience water in all its forms including snow, rain, fog, running in a stream, and more. These vibrant illustrations include some fun surprises and also are exceptional in their depiction of human emotions. The accompanied text, written by Miranda Paul, adds even more to the book in its lyrical and simplistic poetic form. However, don’t let the simplistic text fool you; this book still contains information on the water cycle. Check out this beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book!

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

Cover image for If you plant a seedThe illustrations are AMAZING in this sweet story of two animal friends who are planting and caring for seeds and then decide to share with others. The book also talks about what you reap if you sow seeds of kindness versus seeds of selfishness.