Gift Guide :: Toddler Picture Book Edition

picturebook gift guide via besottedblog

Honestly this picture book gift guide could have been pages longer, but I thought that these books are a great start because they will please both the child and the design inclined parent. They all have wonderful illustrations and charming stories and you will be happy if you have to be the one reading them over and over again. The way it works in my house is that we check books out from the library first, if they get requested to be checked out more than a few times I end up buying them and adding to my daughter’s library.

The Little People, Big Dreams series is focused on women that accomplished great things overcoming obstacles (Amelia Earhart, Maya Angelou, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo…), it’s so important to have strong role models and I suggest this series for both girls and boys. The Fan Brothers are wildly talented in the illustration vein of Edward Gorey, if Gorey was light-hearted and optimistic. I love, love, love all Kyo Maclear’s books, Julia, Child is another fave. The Day I became a Bird is excruciatingly charming both the story and the illustrations. K.G. Campbell’s Mermaid and the Shoe shuns the traditional mermaid stories and is about self discovery and building confidence. Sara O’Leary is a fave, she usually works with illustrator Julie Morstad and together they create new classics, hipster parents around the world will rejoice. Speaking of hipster any Oliver Jeffers book would be welcome on our shelf, you can’t go wrong! Our great friend Sanae Ishida is on her second book and it’s even better than the first (which seems impossible) so make sure to take a peak!




01. Isabel Sanchez: Little People, Big Dreams

02. The Fan Brothers : The Night Gardener

03.Kyo Maclear : Virginia Wolf

04. Ingrid Chabbert : The Day I became a Bird

05. K.G. Campbell : The Mermaid and the Shoe

06. Sara O’Leary : This is Sadie

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Sanae Ishida : Chibi Samarai wants a Pet

Emily Winfield Martin : Dream Animals

Benjamin Chaud : The Bear’s Song

Philip Simon : I Don’t Know What to Call my Cat

Mike Curato : Little Elliot in the Big City

Peter Brown : Mr. Tiger goes Wild

Sara O’Leary : When you Were Small

Jane Yolen : Dinosaur book series