Jona's Favorites: Picture Books We Loved in 2017

On Wednesday I recapped my 5 favorite books of 2017, but today's list is all about Jona (age 4). Just as I do with my own books, I keep track of the picture books we read, and this year we read 89 different books (that doesn't include books that we already owned--I just wrote down new-to-us titles). Here are the 7 that stood out as absolute favorites. Most of these he pretty much memorized because we read them so much.

{Favorite Picture Books Read in 2017}

{Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis} Yelfred and Omek are best frints who live on planet Boborp. Sometimes they use their teef instead of their words, but with a sturpler, some glume, and a little taypo, they might just be able to flix their frintship. This silly book was Jona's number one pick this year. (Originally blogged here). 

{Nanette's Baguette by Mo Willems} Mo Willems books are always a hit around here, and Jona loved this rhyming adventure about Nanette's first trip to get the baguette. The baguette is warm, it smells wonderful... can she keep from eating the baguette? (Originally blogged here.) 

{The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz} We got this one at the library pretty early in the year, but Jona was excited to get this one for Christmas. No doubt we will be reading this rhyming, ninja-filled retelling of the three little pigs over and over again, again, soon. 

{Penguin Problems by Jory John} This one was both a kid and parent favorite, because penguin problems (the sun being too bright, it being freezing, etc.) sounded an awful lot like preschooler problems to us. This one brought laughs all around. (Originally blogged here.) 

{We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems} This one has been our favorite so far from Willems' Elephant and Piggie series. Gerald and Piggie discover that they are in a book, which is so exciting! But then they realize the book will end... oh no! Silliness ensues. Jona loved it. (Blogged here.) 

{This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World by Matt Lamothe} As the title indicates, this book is about the daily lives of seven kids--from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia. It shares what they eat for meals, where they go to school and how they get to school, and other parts of their regular routines. Although Jona didn't quite understand the concept of the countries (he kept thinking Italy, Uganda, etc. were the kids' names) he was fascinated by the details of these kids' lives. I was surprised by how much he loved this; we read it every day we had it checked out from the library. 

{Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage} A walrus escapes from the zoo, and the zookeeper has a heck of a time finding him as he makes his way around town. He's not all that well hidden, but the way he blends into his surroundings is particularly entertaining to a preschooler. Jona loved this one. 

What were some of your favorite picture books from this year? 

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