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.

PICTURE BOOKS

ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME  BUILDERS & BREAKERS  CAPTAIN'S LOG : SNOWBOUND  DAD'S CAMERA  DID YOU EAT THE PARAKEET?

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?  DRAWN TOGETHER  FOUND.  HELLO LIGHTHOUSE  I'LL LOVE YOU TILL THE COWS COME HOME

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  LOVING HANDS  MY PILLOW KEEPS MOVING!  NIGHT JOB  PIE IS FOR SHARING

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.

ROUGH PATCH  WALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BOOK  WE DON'T EAT OUR CLASSMATES!

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.

 

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Elementary Graphic Novels

3X4  MR. WOLF'S CLASS  TIGER VS. NIGHTMARE

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  ESTRANGED  FAKE BLOOD

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  DESCENDER : 5 : RISE OF THE ROBOTS  GRAND THEFT HORSE  HEY, KIDDO  ILLEGAL  LAST PICK

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.

QUICK & EASY GUIDE TO THEY/THEM PRONOUNS  SUPER LATE BLOOMER

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.