My All-time FAVE Picture Books from 2019-2021

As I mentioned, I read over 600 books this summer—three-years-worth of submissions for the Margaret Wise Brown Prize the week before I start teaching at Hollins University. Here were my absolute faves out of all of them. Happily, two of these were our 2022 Margaret Wise Brown Prize winners as well: Wishes and The Longest Letsgoboy!
     What made these books special? Some were beautifully illustrated. All were superbly clever. Some handled difficult subjects with grace and care. And some made me laugh so hard, while I actually learned something too! Kudos to these creators for creating works that, I feel, are the best of what picture books can be!
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