1) Flora and the Flamingo, by Molly Idle
Without words, painterly pictures help you tell the story of a friendship blooming between a swim fin-clad girl and a web-footed stranger. When the pair starts to dance, you’ll have no trouble getting carried away.
2) That Is Not a Good Idea, by Mo Willems
When a hungry fox meets a wandering goose, you think you know how the story ends. Not so fast, little bookworms. Willems has a surprise in store — and plenty of laughs along the way.
3) Cheetah Can’t Lose, by Bob Shea
Winning isn’t everything. A competitive big cat misses the lesson, but your kids won’t, as he goofily sets out to be No. 1. We give Shea’s bold graphic art a gold medal.
4) Peanut & Fifi Have a Ball, by Randall de Sève and Paul Schmid
When your toy hog gets the “gimmes,” open this charmer about a sibling that refuses to share. With each sweetly illustrated page, he learns that imagination is the hottest commodity.
5) Inside Outside, by Lizi Boyd
Play an artful game of peekaboo through die-cut “windows.” They give a sneak peek at what’s to come as you ramble along with a boy who plays indoors and outdoors as the seasons change.