Best Picturebooks of 2013

These picturebooks, published in 2013, are some of our favorites! Think one will win the Caldecott? Virtually vote for your favorite by liking, commenting or repinning (but just like with paper ballots, you only get one vote).
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A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light. This brilliant mind will one day offer up some of the most revolutionary ideas ever conceived. From a boy endlessly fascinated by the wonders around him, Albert Einstein ultimately grows into a man of genius recognized the world over for profoundly illuminating our understanding of the universe. Written by Jennifer Berne; illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky.

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein: Jennifer Berne, Vladimir Radunsky A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light.

Mitchell loves to knock things down. So one Saturday, his dad takes him bowling. Written by Hallie Durand; illustrated by Tony Fucile.

Mitchell Goes Bowling by Hallie Durand Illustrated by Tony Fucile {Children's Book Giveaway Winner Announced} - Just a Little Creativity

Before curling up with his mother in their cozy den, Baby Bear counts other animals preparing for winter. Written and illustrated by Ashley Wolff.

Before curling up with his mother in their cozy den, Baby Bear counts other animals preparing for winter. Written and illustrated by Ashley Wolff.

A punctuation mark feels bad that he doesn't fit in with the others until a friend reveals the possibilities that exist when differences are accepted. Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.

A punctuation mark feels bad that he doesn't fit in with the others until a friend reveals the possibilities that exist when differences are accepted. Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.

A boy who looks ordinary transforms into grumbling Crankenstein when faced with a rainy day, a melting popsicle, or bedtime but everything changes when he meets a fellow Crankenstein. Written by Samantha Berger; illustrated by Dan Santat.

Crankenstein (Book) : Berger, Samantha : A boy who looks ordinary transforms into grumbling Crankenstein when faced with a rainy day, a melting popsicle, or bedtime but everything changes when he meets a fellow Crankenstein.

An energetic young dinosaur figures out her own way to give a kiss. Written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein.

"Dinosaur Kisses" by David Ezra Stein: Enjoying the excitement of the world, newly hatched dinosaur Dinah stomps and chomps through the day before seeing a kiss, then resolving to kiss someone herself without whomping, chomping, or stomping them first.

Discusses frog vocalizations and behavior in locations all over the world. Written by Brenda Z. Guiberson; illustrated by Gennady Spirin.

Frog Song - NPR Summary With onomatopoeic text by Brenda Guiberson and illustrations by Gennady Spirin Frog Song introduces young readers to frogs around the globe.

A little girl refuses to brush her hair, but when a team of mice takes up residence in her tangled locks, she faces a tough decision--to brush or not to brush. Written by Kate Bernheimer; illustrated by Jake Parker.

She has a little mouse nest in her hair. The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair: Kate Bernheimer, Jake Parker:

Discover the true story of how Naismith invented basketball in 1891 at a school in Springfield, Massachusetts. Written by John Coy; illustrated by Joe Morse.

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball (Carolrhoda Picture Books): John Coy, Joe Morse:

Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor. Story and illustrations by Aaron Becker.

Journey, by Aaron Becker (children's picture book). Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.

While following their mother through town, five little ducklings, Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin and Little Joe, all fall into a storm drain. Written by Eva Moore; illustrated by Nancy Carpenter.

Lucky Ducklings: Eva Moore, Nancy Carpenter: Great for narrative elements and retell

Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens. When Mr. Wuffles plays rough with the little ship, the aliens must venture into the cat's territory to make emergency repairs. Story and illustrations by David Wiesner.

Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens. When Mr. Wuffles plays rough with the little ship, the aliens must venture into the cat's territory to make emergency repairs

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