Best of 2021

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Best of 2021

Dec 8, 2021, 9:50 am

Post five or so picture books that delighted you this year.

Since I’m not exposed to much of what’s new anymore, most are from my own collection, read to grandbaby or just newly appreciated.

Tops & Bottoms - a sly rabbit makes a deal with his neighbor, a lazy bear.

The Street Beneath My Feet - this is a fold-out book that takes you to the center of the earth and back out again. It stretched across the entire living room.

Willy Whyner, Cloud Designer - very clever and should have been a bestseller in its day. Glad I have a copy.

Let’s Go Home - Rylant’s books are all favorites. This is pictures of a very much loved and cozy home place.

Water Is Water - This is a new book, and the cover caught my attention on Pinterest or Instagram and I bought it sight unseen. Jason Chin is the illustrator, and I am in love with his treatment here. His pictures depict the story focusing on one family. They are beautiful paintings.

Edited: Dec 12, 2021, 8:48 am

Another illustrator I’m in love with goes by the pseudonym Soosh, and I discovered her(?) on Instagram as well. I bought the board book Dad By My Side. She’s got great character sketches and the warmth of her friend and family groupings is tangible.

Huh. The first book LT suggests is by illustrator Gregorio De Lauretis. The similarities are enormous! He illustrated Made for Me

They even show up together on a list of best books about dads: