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30 Best Picture Books of 2013

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We love books for boys around here! At the end of a long day, spending time at home with Mike and Sam makes all the work worth it. Sam’s snuggles energize me and encourage me to keep going. During the cold winter months, I love curling up on the sofa with both my guys, a fleece blanket {yes, it has Lightning McQueen on it}, and a good book. We enjoy lots of great Christmas movies during this season, but a good, old fashioned night of book reading makes my heart happy. The older Sam gets, the more fun it is to read with him as he is recognizing words and talking about the story line with us more. These picture books are nominated as the bests of 2013. They are certainly Sam approved! I hope your family enjoys some family reading time with these picture books as much as we have.

30 Best Picture Books of 2013


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Here are the best picture books of 2013 — perfect for Christmas gift ideas for you boys!

  1. The Matchbox Diary
  2. The Day the Crayons Quit
  3. Steam Train, Dream Train
  4. Journey
  5. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
  6. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
  7. Mr. Wuffles!
  8. If You Want to See a Whale
  9. Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton
  10. Ol’ Mama Squirrel
  11. Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey
  12. Llama Llama and the Bully Goat
  13. Hello, My Name Is Ruby
  14. The Bear’s Song
  15. Count the Monkeys
  16. Toys in Space
  17. Tap the Magic Tree
  18. Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg
  19. I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love
  20. Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street
  21. Alphabet Everywhere
  22. Numbers Everywhere
  23. Yankee Doodle Dandy (Ellis the Elephant)
  24. Land of the Pilgrims Pride (Ellis the Elephant)
  25. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…)
  26. I’m a Big Brother
  27. Dragons Love Tacos
  28. Snowflakes Fall
  29. Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella
  30. Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary Edition (Purple Crayon Books)
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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.