Favorite Picture Books I Read in 2023

Here are the top 7 pictures books I read in 2023. I chose them based on how much I personally enjoyed them and how much the kids I read to (during my preschool-aged public library story time, and during my volunteer reading to my kids’ kindergarten and 2nd grade class). These books weren’t necessarily published in 2023, but I used them all in my story times this year. Apparently I really like picture books that feature animals! 

Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson. My pre-schoolers and kindergarteners just LOVE this book. The surprise ending it super-fun and I’ve even had parents and teachers genuinely gasp at the ending!

Stretchy McHandsome by Judy Schachner. I love orange cats so it’s no surprise that I picked up this story. It’s a sweet tale about a quirky girl and her quirky cat. 

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins. My daughter’s second grade class begs me for more Bruce stories each week. This one is one of my favorite. Grumpy Bruce and his lovable, clueless animal family always makes the kids laugh.

Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Dave Mottram. I love doing fast, squeaky voices for the characters in the Wordy Birdy series. The kids think it’s hilarious (especially my own children because I’m usually very reserved). 

Fluffy McWhiskers: Cuteness Explosion by Stephen W. Martin and Dan Tavis. This is a slightly messed-up, hilarious book. It’s best for the second graders because they get the humor. My kindergarteners just thought it was sad! You’ll have kids saying “KA-BOOM!” for days after reading this.

Don’t Splash the Sasquatch by Kent Redeker and Bob Staake. I love the bright, colorful graphics and the absurdity of a swimming Sasquatch. Guaranteed laughs.

The Bear in My Bed by Joyce Wan. I’m a big fan of Wan’s books- especially this one. I love how they lead into her other stories and the illustrations are adorable.

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