picture books to read again and again

I was putting together my wish list recently and a few picture books rose to the top (a few picture books rise to the top every year.) So I thought I’d share some ideas for anyone looking for book-gifts for the young ones in your life.

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day, by Beatrice Alamegna

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This book is everything I love in a picture book: gorgeous illustrations of a kid exploring nature, plenty of rain and mushrooms and fun patterned foliage. It’s beautiful through and through with a story about what happens when you put down your electronics/screens and go outside. A message that I hope hope hope my kids internalize.

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Old Robert and the Sea Silly Cats, by Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Jan Jutte

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We came across this book randomly at the library and Aki grabbed it because he’s into all things cats. I wasn’t expecting much but I was very pleasantly surprised about this gentle, silly, poetic story. We read it dozens of times and renewed it twice! Incredibly, I only liked it more with all the repeat readings.

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1,000 Things to Eat, illustrated by Nikki Dyson

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I’m going to throw this in here too because we’ve actually owned this book for a few years and it’s still a bedtime favorite for all of us, especially Lucy who LOVES food. Sometimes it’s a fun game to choose your favorite thing from a given page. Sometimes it’s just fun to hear the encyclopedic listing of cakes, seafood, and traditional dishes from around the world.

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Sonya’s Chickens, by Phoebe Wahl

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This is another book that we’ve owned for a few years but I’m still in love with it. This simple but very impactful story about a girl who is raising chickens has resonant themes of family, love and taking care of one another. And then there are the lush collaged and painted images. I admit that I sometimes read this book without the kids. For illustration inspiration, of course!

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