Tried & True and New: Picture Books
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Tried & True and New: Picture Books

Our storytime experts are bringing you reviews of the latest from our Easy collection (or picture books) as well as some of their favorites used during storytime. We have thousands of picture books at each library, so this is just a small introduction to the collection. See all of our Tried & True and New reviews here on the blog.

The Bad Day by Frann Preston-Gannon 

Reviewed by: Brittnee Emerine

Squirrel, Bird, Snake, Tortoise, and Fox are all having a really bad day. Squirrel is left hanging from a branch when their search for a snack goes wrong, Bird’s beak is caught in a tree trunk, Snake is all twisted in a knot, Tortoise has managed to get turned upside down, and Fox has a suspicious stomachache.

You know who’s having an even worse day? Mouse! Mouse is having the worst day of them all! But never fear – Mouse’s friends are here, and if they all work together, they just might be able to turn this bad day around. 


  • The Sour Grape by Jory John and Pete Oswald 
  • I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey 
  • Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman 
  • Sloth Slept On by Frann Preston-Gannon 

Sun Flower Lion by Kevin Henkes 

Recommended by: Sarah Deay 

This is a wonderful and unique example of a picture book which is also a chapter book! Young children will enjoy this short and sweet chapter book about the sun, some flowers, and some lions. Positive experiences with fun chapter books like this one can help young children gain confidence as they build a strong foundation and identity as a reader, and as they prepare to read on their own. 


  • Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson 
  • Dandelion’s Dream by Yoko Tanaka 
  • Black Bird Yellow Sun by Steve Light 
  • Color the Sky by David Elliott 

The Train Home by Dan-ah Kim 

Recommended by: Laura Hargrove 

Nari’s home is a little too crowded and a little too noisy and she would really like to live somewhere else. Spying a train out her window, she starts to daydream about all the places she could visit riding the train. Readers will enjoy visiting everywhere Nari’s imagination takes here. There is so much to soak in on each page; readers will relish finding all the details in the illustrations.


  • Imagine! By Raul Colon 
  • A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers 
  • If I had a LIttle Dream by Nina Laden 
  • Once Upon a Book by Grace Lin 
  • The Boy and the Blue Moon by Sara O’Leary 

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