With the year wrapping up, I wanted to share a few of my favorite books that I came across in 2015, and decided I’d start with picture books. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the great picture books that came out in 2015 or guesses at which books will be winning awards. It’s simply a short list of the books I enjoyed the most and the ones that stuck with me over the year.
I love Lois Ehlert! Maybe it’s because she’s a Wisconsin native like me, or maybe it’s just because she’s amazing, but either way I’ve always loved her books. Have you seen The Scraps Book: Notes on a Colorful Life that came out earlier this year? It’s like an autobiographical artist’s notebook. It’s beautiful and inspiring. There are notes about her life, where she gets ideas for her art, and how she makes her art. All of it is arranged in a way that feels like you are stepping into her studio or her home to see all the beauty she’s collected to work with. Anyways, I was inspired by this book and a fellow librarian in my system to do a paper collage workshop this past weekend.
It’s Hug a Book Week! What, you’ve never heard of something so adorable?! Well, we have Scott Campbell and the folks at Simon & Shuster to thank for spreading this cuteness into the world. Scott Campbell’s newest book, Hug Machine just came out and as Library School Journal says, it really is absolutely irresistible.