Stacey Loscalzo

Oct 14

Picture Books: Our New Loves

by Stacey

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the power of picture books. I loved hearing from so many of you who also love these books.

I thought I would share a few more titles we have found since we last chatted about the great literary genius of the picture book.


The Book With No Pictures  (written by B.J. Novak) because this is hands down the funniest book we have read in a long time. Trust me on this one and find it. If you have any classrooms full of children to read to in the near future, this is the book you should bring. And if you have a family of small children read it to them too. Laugh out loud funny.


The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade (written by Justin Roberts and illustrated by Christian Robinson) because it turns out that our favorite children’s song writer is also an awfully good author.

Telephone (written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jen Corace) because who doesn’t love a good game of telephone played by birds?


The Right Word: Roget and his Theasaurus (written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet) because it proves there is good non-fiction to be had. One of my main worries about the Common Core is the emphasis on non-fiction reading at the expense of fiction. If all non-fiction were as great at The Right Word, I needn’t worry.


Circle Square Moose (written by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinksy) because it is just as funny as it’s predecessor Z is for Moose.


My Teacher is a Monster (written and illustrated by Peter Brown) because it is a reminder to get to know a person before we judge them.




  1. Nina says:

    I walked by Novack’s at B&N, but didn’t have time to see what it was all about. I will grab it next time!!

    • Stacey says:

      Nina- I think that The Book With No Pictures will make you laugh out loud! Let me know what you think when you read it!

  2. Stacey says:

    I can’t wait to read The Right Word! I haven’t seen it yet, but I know that the Bryant-Sweet team is a strong one.

    • Stacey says:

      Stacey- The Right Word is truly gorgeous! Strangely, my daughter didn’t love it but I did so it made our list 🙂

  3. Tamara says:

    A moose book! And also, Scarlet IS the smallest girl in the smallest grade so I’d like to read that one.

    • Stacey says:

      You would love, love, love The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade! And if you don’t know Justin Robert’s music, be sure to check that out too- I think it would be right up your alley!

  4. Reserving all of these from the library!  I need a break from easy readers about legos and superheroes.  =)

  5. pamela says:

    I LOVE your picture book posts. My boys are 5 and I and I worry that they are getting too old for picture books … then I read your posts and am so comforted by the fact that there are GREAT books out there and I have more time. Thank you!!

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