In My Heart by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey

This is an adorable and well-designed picture book on feelings — in particular, the overlapping diecut hearts are genius and have a tactile appeal.

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The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

Good picture books ought not to have an upper age limit, since they usually have something to offer to everyone — and these two extraordinary picture books prove my point. I’ve always been fascinated by the genesis of stories, and if you read enough author interviews, you’ll probably reach the conclusion that stories can grow from the darnedest things, and there’s no telling where each spark may lead.

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I’ll Catch You If You Fall by Mark Sperring and Layn Marlow

As the cover states, no matter who you are, it’s always nice to know that someone is looking out for you. This comforting and concise book indirectly shows us how myriad elements in the universe are all interconnected, and reminds us that rather than leave someone to feel adrift at sea, we all have a duty to look out for one another — to keep each other safe.

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