12 best new children's picture books

From cave paintings to book thieves to presidential libraries, the best of this season's children's picture books cover intriguing ground.

8. "The Tortoise and the Hare" by Jerry Pinkney

Famed author-illustrator Jerry Pinkney gives the old tale of the tortoise and the hare a new outing in this wonderful watercolor version set in the Southwestern United States, where the hare proves a surprisingly sweet loser.

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