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Staff Picks - Best Picture Books of 2016

The following titles are CPL Librarians' choices for the best picture books published in 2016. Check them out today!

1 big salad by Juana Medina

Juana Medina's ingenious illustrations nearly pop off the page in her new counting book, ONE BIG SALAD. One avocado deer saunters across the spread, two radish mice scurry by, until finally ten watercress seahorses swim onto the scene - all of the ingredients in one big salad!

ABC dream by Kim Krans

This stunning and innovative alphabet picture book will dazzle little ones and engage the adults who share it with them! Each page is dedicated to a letter, and clever alliterations are packed into each ink-and-watercolor spread.

Ada Twist, scientist by Andrea Beaty

Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.

Follows suffragettes Nell Richardson and Alice Burke's cross-country journey to campaign for women's right to vote.

Cat knit by Jacob Grant

Cat struggles to adjust and find a way to overcome his disappointment when his best friend, Yarn, is transformed into an itchy, stuffy sweater that Cat initially despises.

Du iz tak? by Carson Ellis

As a tiny shoot unfolds, a myriad of insects peer at it and wonder what it could be.

Little night cat by Sonja Danowski

When Tony, a little boy, bravely offers his stuffed animals--including his favorite toy cat--to the animal shelter to raise money for the needy dogs and cats, it touches his mom's heart. Later that night when Tony misses his toy, she gives him her old stuffed cat. He embraces it with such care and devotion that his mom rewards him in a way that he never imagines.

Love is a truck by Amy Novesky

Graphically appealing two-color illustrations pair perfectly with a spare, rhythmic ode to beloved trucks of all kinds--from fire trucks to dump trucks to ice cream trucks. 

My baby crocodile by Gaëtan Dorémus

One day when a crocodile is out hunting he stumbles upon what he believes to be a baby crocodile.

Nanette's baguette by Mo Willems

"It's Nanette's first trip to get the baguette! Is she set? You bet!"--.

Mr. Peanuts, a most unusual squirrel, is lonely as Valentine's Day nears but he meets Rosie in the bookstore and soon they are nuts about each other.

The whimsical story of a man who has spent his life delivering the messages found in ocean bottles, and the day he receives a message that turns out to be a party invitation.

The worst breakfast by China Miéville

Two sisters sit down one morning and begin describing all of the really gross things that were in the worst breakfast they ever had, until all they can picture is a table piled sky-high with the weirdest, yuckiest, slimiest, slickest, stinkiest breakfast possible. And then they have the best breakfast ever...almost.

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