Choosing just one was too hard: find my overall favorite picture book for 2013 here.
I read 3-4 picture books each week to my boy H’s Montessori class, and I work hard to choose engaging, interesting stories for the students and their teacher. With an interactive nature (“Tap the magic tree, then turn the page”), this book invites all listeners to create. The “magic” is how the tree changes during the seasons, and how the reader helps create those changes: tapping the tree grows buds, while blowing on it causes leaves to fall. The art is simple and stunning, with bold colors on white backgrounds. Bonus: this also comes in a board book for the littlest readers.
Share with ages 2-6.
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting
Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier