The Brittany Awards Part One: Picture Books


For my blog, I decided to create end of the years awards for my favorite books. I decided that there will be four categories (picture books, middle grade books, young adult books, and overall favorite books) with five winners and three honorable mentions in each category. For each winner, I will include a link to my review, what I rated the book, and an excerpt from the review (if there is a review for the book on my blog).

For the first part, I will select my top five picture books that I read in 2016. For this category, I did not select any honorable mentions. Here are my top five choices, in no particular order:

1.) All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)


“If you love this song, Mariah Carey, or are looking for a cute Christmas book for your children, All I Want for Christmas is You is the perfect book…”

2.) Good Morning, Superman! by Michael Dahl (★ ★ ★ ★)


“Overall, I think Good Morning, Superman! is an enjoyable book that colorfully illustrates a monotonous subject. While I do think this is a great children’s books, I think some additional features, like pop-out pictures of the tasks would enhance a student’s learning experience.”

*Check out this review during my 12 Days of Blogmas later this month!

3.) Isabella in Charge by Jennifer Fosberry (★ ★ ★)


“Isabella takes charge as inspirational character for young girls.”

4.) Fancy Nancy… Halloween or Bust! by Jane O’Connor (★ ★ ★ ★)

Fancy Nancy Halloween... or Bust!

“Fancy Nancy: Halloween… or Bust! will definitely be a treat for young readers on Halloween.”

5.) Happy Halloween, Biscuit! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (★ ★ ★ ★)


“Overall, Biscuit is a fun and appropriate book for its target age range. While this consistency is great for younger readers, older readers might become bored with the predictable sentence structure and situations.”


What was the best picture book that you read in 2016?

#ThrowbackThursday: Fancy Nancy, Halloween… or Bust! Review


Fancy Nancy: Halloween… or Bust! will definitely be a treat for young readers on Halloween.

In Fancy Nancy: Halloween… or Bust! Fancy Nancy prepares for a Halloween party. Of course, her costume must be fancy! After trying on several costumes, Nancy decides to go to a Halloween party as a grape. Fancy Nancy runs into trouble, however, when the purple balloons on her costume start popping.

Even though many picture books take the main character and throw together a holiday book, I think this book definitely stands out among the rest. Nancy’s fashion sense fits perfectly in with the plot of the book–finding the most fabulous Halloween costume. Even though the book isn’t written by Fancy Nancy’s creator, the book appears consistent with the other Fancy Nancy books.

One of my favorite aspects of the Fancy Nancy series is Nancy’s colorful language. She always sneaks in synonym within her speech. I think this is a great way to expose young readers to more advanced vocabulary in a fun way, but also give Nancy an interesting and unique personality.

Another aspect of this book that I really enjoyed was the sticker activity in the end that involved the reader in the story. Even though my used copy already had the last page filled out, I think readers will love dressing up one of their favorite children’s book characters in an amazing costume.

Fancy Nancy is a solid Halloween book for young readers. With a fun main character and additional sticker activity, I give this book four out of five stars.