The best picture books for seeing magic in the world around us

Bethanie Deeney Murguia Author Of Do You Believe in Unicorns?
By Bethanie Deeney Murguia

The Books I Picked & Why

This Is Sadie

By Sara O’Leary, Julie Morstad

This Is Sadie

Why this book?

Sadie sees possibility everywhere she goes. She transforms boxes into ships, lives inside stories, and (of course) she has wings. This book is filled with imagination and the best kind of play. Plus, there are foxes and wolves! Horses! Mermaids! I want to be Sadie when I grow up.


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Frederick

By Leo Lionni

Frederick

Why this book?

Frederick is a classic that continues to speak to me. Frederick is a creative mouse who gathers beauty from the world—he’s a daydreamer and a poet. His talents aren’t appreciated by the other mice at first. By the end of the story, though, they realize that his talents are essential to their survival. I love how this book celebrates creativity and difference.


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If You Want to See a Whale

By Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead

If You Want to See a Whale

Why this book?

This is a book about the importance of looking and wondering. It speaks to patience while seeking magic—in this case, a whale. It’s beautifully illustrated in wood block carvings that echo the quiet, meditative quality of the text. It perfectly captures the simple pleasures of looking and the sublime joy of discovery.


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On a Magical Do-Nothing Day

By Beatrice Alemagna

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day

Why this book?

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day celebrates nature, weather, and all that can be found outside and just beyond a screen. The main character, at first, is distraught about the prospect of a rainy day spent without her video game. But it takes very little time for her to become immersed in the world outside her door, finding magic at every turn.


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They All Saw a Cat

By Brendan Wenzel

They All Saw a Cat

Why this book?

This book speaks beautifully to perspective. It’s a fantastic reminder that we all view the world through our own lenses. Throughout the story, a cat is seen from many different viewpoints. A child sees a cuddly creature. A dog sees a suspicious creature. A mouse sees a terrifying creature. It’s a truly satisfying read and great conversation starter.


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