(because we heart them)
Do you know Lark Pien? If your answer is no, then you are missing out! You can tell just how much by the level of cute you find this author self-portrait.
Lark just made this picture book called Mr. Elephanter; it is adorable and well worth your time and energy, even if you don't have elephants of your own.
(and for those of you craving another picture book about elephants that came out this year, here is one for you.)