If there was one big trend in picture books this year, I would say it's birds. Last year I started noticing a trend in publishing across all ages about books being published featuring bird watching. Birds have always been a popular topic, yet this year it seems as though 2014 year of the bird in picture books. Take a look:
-A silly story about a bird who is tired of the same old song, only to be met with some opposition. A nice simple commentary on accepting change and adapting that's great for storytime.
-A sweet and funny story about a chicken who sets off on a big adventure to the city. Also, I love the illustrations.
-Another bird on an adventure story with gorgeous illustrations.
-A chicken with arms? Odd but adorable! Another good choice for storytime and a sweet book about being different.
-This one is fiction and has great rhyming text, but I love that is includes a lot of great facts about the birds and the homes they build.
-A future with no birds so you can order a mechanical bird that you can design and create. Probably the most unusual addition to the bird trend.
Two Parrots by Rashin
-A retelling of a classic tale from an Iranian author/illustrator. I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to more from Rashin.
Any bird titles I missed?