Tracey’s 2018 Favorite Picture Books and Graphic Novels
Happy holidays! It’s that time of year again, which for me means it’s also time for my annual favorite books of the year posts.
I think choosing the picture books is the hardest, because there are so many that are funny or charming or touching. My longlist always starts out with about three times as many books as the final list, and it is an agonizing process to decide which ones to remove. Let me know in the comments if I left out any of your favorites.
I’ve combined graphic novels and picture books in the same post, because both forms so nicely blend text and art.
Enjoy! And check back the rest of the week for my favorite nonfiction and fiction.
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal. 9780763693558. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Builders and Breakers by Steve Light. 9780763698720. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Captain’s Log : Snowbound by Erin Dionne (ill. by Jeffrey Ebbeler). 9781580898256. 2018. Gr PK-3.
Dad’s Camera by Ross Watkins (ill. by Liz Anelli). 9781536201383. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Did You Eat the Parakeet? by Mark Iacolina. 9780374305888. 2018. Gr PK-1.
Do You Believe in Unicorns? by Bethanie Deeney Murguia. 9780763694685. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Drawn Together by Minh Le (ill. by Dan Santat). 9781484767603. 2018. Gr PK-3.
Found. by Jeff Newman (ill. by Larry Day). 9781534410060. 2018. Gr PK-3.
Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall. 9780316362382. 2018. Gr PK-3.
I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home by Kathryn Cristaldi (ill. by Kristyna Litten). 9780062574206. 2018. Gr PK-3.
Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love. 9780763690458. 2018. Gr PK-3.
Loving Hands by Tony Johnston (ill. by Amy June Bates). 9780763679934. 2018. Gr PK-2.
My Pillow Keeps Moving! by Laura Gehl (ill. by Christopher Weyant). 9780425288245. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Night Job by Karen Hesse (ill. by G. Brian Karas). 9780763662387. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Pie Is for Sharing by Stephanie Parlsey Ledyard (ill. by Jason Chin). 9781626725621. 2018. Gr PK-1.
The Rough Patch by Brian Lies. 9780062671271. 2018. Gr PK-3.
The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee. 9780525555452. 2018. Gr PK-3.
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates! by Ryan T. Higgins. 9781368003551. 2018. Gr PK-1.
Elementary Graphic Novels
3X4 by Ivan Brunetti. 9781943145348. 2018. Gr K-2.
Mr. Wolf’s Class by Aron Nels Steinke. 9781338047691. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri. 9781626725355. 2018. Gr K-2.
Middle School Graphic Novels
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol. 9781626724440. 2018. Gr 6-9.
Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge. 9780062653871. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner. 9781481495561. 2018. Gr 5-8.
High School Graphic Novels
Broken Vow (Spill Zone : 2) by Scott Westerfeld. 9781626721500. 2018. Gr 10-12.
Descender : 5 : Rise of the Robots by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen. 9781534303454. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri (ill. by Corban Wilkin). 9781620148556. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. 9780545902472. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Illegal by Eoin Colfer (ill. by Andrew Donkin). 9781492662143. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Last Pick by Jason Walz. 9781626728905. 2018. Gr 7-12.
A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson. 9781620104996. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Super Late Bloomer by Julia Kaye. 9781449489625. 2018. Gr 9-Adult.