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Bestselling Picture Books | January 2020

The Children’s Book Review | January 16, 2020

The Children’s Book Review’s Best Selling Picture Book

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is super exciting to us! A bunch of you have pre-ordered our most anticipated picture book of 2020, Don’t Wake the Dragon—an interactive bedtime picture book written by bestselling author and the founder of The Children’s Book Review, Bianca Schulze.

Order a CopyDon’t Wake the Dragon

Written by Bianca Schulze

Illustrated by Samara Hardy

Publisher’s Synopsis: Shhh! Be very quiet. The rascally dragon is finally asleep. But, when the page turned, the breeze blew the door shut with a BANG! Did it wake up the dragon? Create a fantastic bedtime experience by reading this interactive story featuring a reluctant-to-sleep dragon—a character that children will surely relate! Designed to be read aloud, parents will take pleasure in the playful text as much as children will enjoy hearing it. When the story finally comes to an end, and the gentle lullaby is repeated, the dragon – and your child! – are encouraged to drift off to sleep.

Ages 2-6 | Publisher: Clever Publishing | May 19, 2020 | ISBN-13: 978-1949998641

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Nationwide Best Selling Picture Books

You’ll also find our hand-selected titles of the most popular picture books from the nationwide best-selling picture books listed by The New York Times. We’re happy to see Mo Willems’ new Pigeon story on this list—everyone loves Pigeon!

Grumpy MonkeyGrumpy Monkey

Written by Suzanne Lang

Illustrated by Max Lang

Publisher’s Synopsis: The hilarious New York Times bestselling picture book about dealing with unexplained feelings…and the danger in suppressing them!

Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can’t understand it–how can he be in a bad mood when it’s SUCH a beautiful day? They encourage him not to hunch, to smile, and to do things that make THEM happy. But Jim can’t take all the advice…and has a BIT of a meltdown. Could it be that he just needs a day to feel grumpy?

Suzanne and Max Lang bring hilarity and levity to this very important lesson. This picture book is an excellent case study in the dangers of putting on a happy face and demonstrates to kids that they are allowed to feel their feelings (though they should be careful of hurting others in the process!).

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Ages 5-6 | Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers | May 15, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-0553537864

Buy the BookThe Crayon’s Christmas

Written by Drew Daywalt

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Publisher’s Synopsis: A brand-new Crayons book from the #1 New York Times best-selling duo Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, just in time for the holidays. This special book has letters, games, ornaments, a poster, and even a pop-up Christmas tree!

‘Tis the season for all of us to write our holiday wishlists. But everyone–even the crayons–know the best presents are the ones that you give. In this unique book, readers get to see how Duncan, the crayons, and their families celebrate the holidays. With real, folded letters from the Crayons that you can pull from their envelopes and read, games, punch-out ornaments, a poster, and a pop-up tree, this book is the perfect gift for fans of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home.

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Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Penguin Workshop | October 15, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-0525515746

Good Night, Little Blue Truck

Written by Alice Schertle

Illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Publisher’s Synopsis: Beep! Beep! Beep! It’s time for sleep. Say goodnight with Little Blue Truck and friends—a perfect bedtime read-aloud in this bestselling series!

A storm is brewing and Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are hurrying home for bed. But who can sleep with all that racket? It’s not long before other friends show up seeking safety from the storm. Thunder and lightning sure can be scary, but it’s easy to be brave together. When the clouds roll on and the sky is clear, it’s all aboard for a bedtime ride! Beep! Beep! Shhh…

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers | October 15, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1328852137

The Wonderful Things You Will BeThe Wonderful Things You Will Be

Written and Illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin

TCBR Review: Every child is unique, and parents can’t wait to see what they will one day be!

Emily Winfield Martin’s delightful book dreams of what children will someday grow to be.

This is a gorgeous book with warm and playful illustrations featuring a diverse set of children. Little ones will be drawn to the pictures, quickly pointing out which one matches what they themselves want to be. The surprise of a double foldout page at the end is a very exciting treat for children too, and my daughter wanted to look at it over and again. The prose is sweet and rhyming, drawing children in and lulling them (hopefully) to sleep before bedtime. A charming book that I highly recommend for young children. Read the full review …

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Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Random House Children’s Books | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-0-385-37671-6

Sulwe

Written by Lupita Nyong’o

Illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Publisher’s synopsis: From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong’o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | October 15, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1534425361

The information for the best-selling picture books was gathered from the New York Times Best Sellers list, which reflects the sales of picture books sold nationwide, including independent and chain stores. It is correct at the time of publication and presented in random order. Visit www.nytimes.com for their most current and up-to-date list.

The best-selling picture books by Emily Winfield Martin and Bianca Schulze are truly great choices. Follow along with our Picture Book category for more great titles to peruse.

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  • I’m looking for a book The Vancouver Province newspaper reviewed in 2020 about a butterfly or bee? that gets all the animals in the forest to help put out a forest fire. Can you help me find this book? Many thanks.

    May 18, 2020

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