Picture Books


Each year fifty newly published  books are selected to be on the Villa Library “50 Nifty Picture Books” recommended book list. These titles are selected to appeal to a wide range of interests and reading abilities at Villa Academy. 


The reviewing sources and recommendations used include: American Library Association, Booklist, School Library Journal, National Book Award, Newbery Award, Caldecott Award, Young Reader’s Choice, Washington Children’s Choice Award, Sibert Award, CS King Award, Evergreen Award, and Printz Award.  


Fifty Nifty Picture Books

Agee The Wall In The Middle of the Book
Angleberger The Princess and the Pit Stop
Baker Highest Mountain, Smallest Star
Becker Counting on Katherine
Blackall Hello Lighthouse
Clanton Rot The Cutest in the World
Clark Let the Children March
Clarke The Patchwork Bike
Compoy Maybe Something Beautiful
Cummings Can I Be Your Dog
De Seve Zola’s Elephant
DiCamilla A Piglet Named Mercy
DiCamillo Good Rosie!
Donaldson The Ugly Five
Florian Friends and Foes
Frazee Little Brown
Gehl I Got A Chicken For My Birthday
Higgins We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
Hoffman Fruit Bowl
John Giraffe Problems
Jones Izzy Gizmo
Keller Potato Pants
Kregenow Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I Know Exactly What You Are
Kurtz What Do They Do With All That Poo?
Le Drawn Together
Lies The Rough Patch
Lin A Big Mooncake for Little Star
Love Julian Is a Mermaid
Malbrough Marigold Bakes a Cake
Maloney Philomena’s New Glasses
Martinez-Neal Alma and How She Got Her Name
Maynard Saving Fiona
Milner The Bee Book
Montgomery Inky’s Amazing Escape
Thank You OMU
Morales Dreamers
Parsley Neck and Neck
Paul The Field
Penfold All Are Welcome
Rashin Saffron Ice Cream
Reynolds The Word Collector
Scanlon Dear Substitute
Sima Not Quite Narwhal
Soudee The Hen Who Sailed Around the World
Stein Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise
Stewart What’s On Your Plate
Tamura Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters!
Tetri Tiger vs. Nightmare
Valentine I Want That Nut!
Wittenstein The Boo-Boos That Changed the World
Woodson The Day You Begin