November is National Picture Book Month, a time for us to celebrate all of the wonderful books that helped us learn to read. To celebrate, Lynnette and I created this video to share with you our top 10 favorite picture books. After you watch, scroll down to check out these books for yourself.

 

Cuddle Monkey by Blake Liliane Hellman & Illustrated by Chad Otis

Lewis loves cuddling but his parents are busy with baby Owen, cuddling with toys does not work out, and everyone at school is too busy for a cuddle.

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Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani

Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, yawn and stretch across the pages of this playful counting book. And every now and then, some of them pile into the purrfect cat stack!

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Macca the Alpaca by Matt Cosgrove

When Macca runs into a llama who tries to bully him, he uses his brains and his kindness to teach the llama some important lessons.

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Space Matters by Jacque Lynn & Illustrated by Lydia Nichols

Can empty space be useful? Can it lead to new perspectives and new appreciation? Might it even be inspiring? Find out in a winsome book that draws on a child’s everyday experiences to prompt readers to look twice at their surroundings and notice the significance of sights, sounds and spaces otherwise taken for granted.

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Margot and the Moon Landing by A. C. Fitzpatrick & Erika Medina

Margot loves space. Astronauts, the stars and especially the moon landing. So she can’t understand why all of her attempts to communicate her passion fall on disinterested ears. How can Margot get everyone to pay attention and—more importantly—to hear what she’s trying to say?

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The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson & Illustrated by Rafael López

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself, but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

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Tikki Tikki Tembo Retold by Arlene Mosel & Illustrated by Blair Lent

When the eldest son fell in the well and most of the time getting help was spent pronouncing the name of the one in trouble, the Chinese, according to legend, decided to give all their children short names.

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Catch the Sky: Playful Poems on the Air We Share by Robert Heidbreder & Illustrated by Emily Dove

What do you see when you look up at the sky? Children’s poet, Robert Heidbreder, shares 30 memorable poems that capture the magic and beauty of all the wonderful things kids can see when they gaze at the sky.

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How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman & Illustrated by Allen Say

An American sailor courts a Japanese girl and each tries, in secret, to learn the other’s way of eating.

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All Because You Matter by Tami Charles & Illustrated by Bryan Collier

A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and Brown children everywhere reminds them how much they matter, that they have always mattered and they always will.

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