Some Great Recent Picture Books for Little Guys

Michael Dahl, Christina E. Forshay. Goodnight Football. (Picture Window Books, 2014)
I’ll say it: “Goodnight Moon” is a a wonderful picture book, but it is a little cutesy. Why not tuck the little guy in after a rousing college football game instead?

Derek Munson, illustrated by Melody Wang. Bad Dad. (Cannonball Books, 2013)
Dad is always doing things with his kids that get him in  trouble… which means he is always doing things with his kids!

William Bee. “Stanley” (Series)
Stanley the Builder. (Peachtree, 2014)
Stanley the Farmer. (Peachtree, 2014)
Stanley’s Diner. (Peachtree, 2014)
Stanley’s Garage. (Peachtree, 2014)
Stanley is one helpful hamster, with lots of great tools  and equipment. In simple text and bold pictures, Stanley spends his days helping one friend after another. A perfect little series of little books for little doers.

Artie Bennett, illustrated by Pranas T. Naujokaitis. Belches, Burps, and Farts, Oh My! (Blue Apple, 2014)
What’s better than a book about gas? One with unforgetable pictures and easy-to-memorize rhymes! In typical Artie Bennett fashion (Do you remember The Butt Book and Poopendous?) this book puts the logical in scatological, making sense of the things we all have in common without ever lessoning the gut-busting humor. Watch out! If your kids laugh too hard they might slip up and learn something!

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Zachariiah Ohora. Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014)
Now here is a destructive force of nature that many little guys can relate too! Even when he is trying to be good, Tyrannosaurus’s energy, and the damage, just can’t be contained. In a classroom of good little dinosaurs, T-Rex puts the terrible in terrible lizards.

Alan Lawrence Sitomer, illustrated by Abby Carter. Daddy’s Zigzagging Bedtime Story. (Disney Hyperion Books, 2014)
It is bedtime, and Jake wants one book; Jenny wants another. Jake wants one kind of story; Jenny wants another altogether. Never fear, Dad is here, with a story unlike any his kids have ever heard.