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2018 Staff Picks: Picture Books to Share with our Youngest Readers

By Skokie Staff Bibliocommons Youth Services

Our favorite books for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

  • The Big Umbrella

    2018 by Bates, Amy June

    The simple text and watercolors work together to tell the story of how a single, smiling umbrella offers shelter from the rain to all those who need it, no matter who they are. This book provides a great way to talk to very young kids about the importance of kindness and inclusion.

    Recommended by Laura Antinossi

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  • Run Wild

    2018 by Covell, David

    The pictures in this book practically move in this vibrant ode to being barefoot in the great outdoors, and the text has a nice rhyme scheme that makes it a great read-aloud.

    Recommended by Caitlin Savage

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  • Cycle City

    2018 by Farrell, Alison

    For those who love Richard Scarry and other look-and-find books. This one is all about different kinds of bicycles. Recommended by Gudrun Priemer

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  • Julián Is A Mermaid

    2018 by Love, Jessica

    The art in this book is stunning—there's so much to look at. It's a perfect book about being yourself, and the joy of dressing up.

    Recommended by Caitlin Savage

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  • Hip-hop Lollipop

    2018 by Montanari, Susan McElroy

    I'm always looking for expressive read-alouds with a great rhythm, and I'm picky about rhyme schemes. This adorable book fits the bill! It will have you and your little one dancing through it. Recommended by Caitlin Savage

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  • Don't Blink!

    2018 by Rosenthal, Amy Krouse

    It's time for bed, but if you don't blink, you will not have to go to sleep.

    Recommended by Meleesa Sullivan

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  • Mommy's Khimar

    2018 by Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah

    Beautiful bright illustrations, and a super sweet story about a little girl playing with her mother's head scarf.

    Recommended by Caitlin Savage

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  • Hello Hello

    2018 by Wenzel, Brendan

    Gorgeous mixed-media illustrations of animals encourage readers to celebrate differences while exploring and protecting the world around them.

    Recommended by Shelley Sutherland

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