60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books (April)

This year, I am recommending five not-to-be-missed picture books on the first of each month. See the full list of not-to-be-missed picture books here.

This month I have two springtime stories to share: My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell and Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco. In addition, I am pleased to recommend my very favorite alphabet book, a series of humorous stories about two best friends, and a touching story of a young boy who adopts a grandfather.

My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell. As a young girl searches her backyard for her “spring robin,” she notices many signs of spring — a bee taking honey from a crocus, a yellow forsynthia bush, fuzzy fiddleheads sprouting, etc. This is a perfect story for toddlers, without a word out of place. Ages 2+

Creature by Andrew Zuckerman. An amazing alphabet book that stands out both due to Andrew Zuckerman’s phenomenal photographs and the book’s engaging format. Many of the spreads in this alphabet book include a picture of an animal body part and the first letter of the animal’s name on one page and a picture of the entire animal on the following page. My kids love guessing which animal they will see next. Ages 2+

George and Martha by James Marshall. A delightful collection of humorous stories about two best friends. These remarkably pithy stories make my kids and I laugh out loud and contain wonderfully accurate descriptions of the imperfect interactions between two true friends. Ages 3+

Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco. An engaging tale about an old woman who witnesses two miracles while decorating eggs for an Easter festival. As with other Patricia Polacco books, Rechenka’s Eggs features a creative storyline and beautiful, energetic illustrations. Ages 4+


Can you whistle, Johanna? by Ulf Stark and Anna Hoglund. A charming and memorable story about a boy without a grandfather who adopts one from the old people’s home. Ages 5+


  • Which of these books is your favorite, and why?
  • How have children you have shared these books with reacted?
  • Is there another book by one of these authors or illustrators — Anne Rockwell, Andrew Zuckerman, James Marshall, Patricia Polacco, or Ulf Stark — that you particularly like?

I look forward to hearing from you!

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2 Responses to 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books (April)

  1. musiclovers1234567890 says:

    George and Martha and Rechenka’s Eggs … read these two from your list. Loved Polacco’s book but am not as enthralled with George and Martha as most are. They puzzle me.

  2. Happy April! Another great list of new books for me to read. I think I want to read Creature the most — I love unique ABC books.

    I hope things are well with you and your family!

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