Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Picture Books I Read In 2019

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I wonder how many other Top Ten Tuesday bloggers love picture books? They’re something I often turn to when I don’t know what else to read or need something gentle for my mind. There are so many amazing picture books out there. Here are just a few of the ones I enjoyed reading or rereading this year.

1. Do I Look Odd To You by Rebecca McDonald

My extended family is multiracial. Every child in the family eventually asks about the various races that are represented in our family and why we don’t all look alike. I love this book’s approach to those questions.

2. Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari

What a beautiful story this was. It made me wish I could have a dog.

3. Islandborn by Junot Díaz

Lola was seriously one of the cutest protagonists I’ve met all year. I adored her.

4. The Water Princess by Susan Verde

I live in a part of the world that always has enough water and occasionally has far too much of it. This made me grateful for all of the rainy and snowy days I’ve known.

5. Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules

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6. Dragon Dancer by Joyce Chng

Chinese New Year sounds like such a fun holiday.

7. Sing to the Moon by Nansubuga Nagaddya Isdahl

I totally empathized with this character’s boredom on a rainy day, and his solution for it was delightful.

8. Looking for Lord Ganesh by Mahtab Narsimhan

There were so many delightful plot twists in this tale that I immediately went back and read it again after the first time I finished it.

9. Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young

If you ask me, there’s always room for more adaptations of classic fairy tales. I can’t get enough of them, especially with illustrations as eye-catching as these ones were.

10. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

It isn’t always easy to discuss slavery with small children. I like the approach taken here. It’s honest but doesn’t go into more detail than little ones need. And Harriet Tubman is someone everyone should know about!


  1. Sweet! Hope there are great reads in 2020 as well!

  2. What a lovely list. I definitely could use more picture books in my life. Have a happy new year!

  3. My favorite picture book this year was Nobody Likes a Goblin. Happy New Year!

  4. Such a great list. It’s been ages since I read a picture book, but all of these are very tempting for me. Happy New Year! 🙂

  5. Nice twist on the topic! My favorite picture book this year was A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The poetry of Mister Rogers. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT

  6. I haven’t read a picture book in ages, other than graphic novels, but these look nice. Love the look of the Water Princess!

  7. I don’t think I’ve read any picture books this year (so I haven’t read these) but every time I walk past P is for Pterodactyl I want to check it out.

  8. Kerry @ The Reading Anomaly says

    Great list! I love seeing so many picture books ?

  9. !!!! How gorgeous are these! I need to get these for my nephews!!

  10. I’m so excited for my niece to be older so I can read more books to her. Right now, she has about a 5-page attention span.

  11. What a creative take on the TTT this week – and you chose such great books! Very nicely done. I enjoyed this one. 🙂

  12. I love picture books but I don’t have any kids so I don’t have much of an opportunity to buy or read them. My nephew is finally getting to the age where he can absorb picture books so I think I know what one of my 2020 resolutions is going to be!

  13. ooo that was so interesting!!! I read one or two picture books this year I think, included one with actually no word and it was so emotional just through the pictures!

  14. Lon Po Po! A favorite from my childhood that I loved so dearly. I remember being scared the first time I saw the cover, but once our school librarian started reading, I was completely mesmerized. Happy New Year!

  15. I cannot remember the last time I read a “new” picture book. I have paged through some of my old ones, but these days, I don’t read anything new in the genre. Glad you found some great ones – and like you, I know all about the allure of reading something sweet and simple sometimes. We all need those. 🙂

  16. Stopping by here a little late! But so glad I did. This gives me a lot of recommendations for the school library; much-needed as the year comes to a close! Thank you.

    • No worries! There’s always time to come over to Long and Short Reviews and say hello. 🙂

      I’m thrilled that you found this list so useful.

  17. A lovely post! I can’t say I have read a picture book in a long time

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