The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers

William has found an art form for which his admiration is unrivaled. Every morning he discovers what the Night Gardener has created with spectacular topiaries of wise owls, friendly rabbits and fearsome dragons. His quiet little town gets an awakening and so does William as he finds a passion within himself he didn’t know was there. It’s a story of inspiration breeding new talent. The illustrations are rich, classic in style, and just plain beautiful. If you’re looking for picture books that inspire passion, add this one to your library. 


Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (Illustrated by Ward Jenkins)

Product DetailsJust when you think you’ve got the little ones all tucked in, they’re eyes are closed, you close the door and you’re ready for some quiet time, those CHICKS RUN WILD! They are not ready to go to sleep, so Mama has to tame some wild chicks. This is a great read aloud to which any parent can relate!

Wolf! Wolf! by John Rocco

A classic with a twist. The hungry but not yet guilty old wolf is tending his weedy vegetable garden when he hears the young boy call his name. He hurries to the scene, but stays hiding while he watches the villagers get upset with the boy for making them run to the pasture for no good reason. The third time he hears the boy call him, he concocts a plan. Knowing the villagers won’t believe the boy this time, he figures he can get one of those tasty goats to fill his hungry old stomach. But this old wolf is a reasonable character. He cuts a deal with the boy to rebuild trust with the villagers and still satisfies his hunger (in an unexpected way).

What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada (Illustrated by Mae Besom)

This book is beautiful and poignant. A child has an idea. But he doesn’t know what to do with it. He tries to ignore it.  He walks away from it. But it follows him. And soon, he discovers that he’s happiest when he is around his idea, and so he decides to take care of it, share it with people, nourish it, until one day his idea takes flight! The illustrations are simple and yet crafted with care – the thoughtful use of color adds an unexpected emotional appeal.





The Friend Ship by Kat Yeh (Illustrated by Chuck Groenink)

This one is new to the shelf, released just this spring (2017).  It’s a simple sweet story that will inspire a child to recognize who his/her friends are.

Lonely hedgehog is curled up in a ball, feeling sad when he hears someone say “Friendship is out there.” He pops up and gets busy building a ship to sail the seas in search of the friend ship. No one seems to be able to help him find it, but they are all interested in joining the search. Several stops later, and with a boat full of animals, they soon discover that what they are searching for has been right in front of them all along. Reminds me of Kermit on his quest toward Hollywood. Cute. Succinct. Beautiful illustrations.