I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all, but I can share them. Below are a few recent titles. Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible. Rating System: If I enjoyed just the story, or just the art, I’ve given the book a 🙂 . If I liked both, the book gets two 🙂 🙂 . If I absolutely loved the book, I’ve given it three 🙂 🙂 🙂 . Don’t let my ratings keep you from reading a title just because I didn’t give it a smile. You may absolutely love it.
Many of the following picture books were published the latter half of 2015, but my library has just recently acquired them.
🙂 🙂 🙂 Two sisters look longingly through their window at the snowy sky. One goes out and sculpts a little rabbit, but when she brings it back inside to her wheelchair-bound sister, it begins to melt. So they take it outside and into the forest where enchanted things begin to happen.
A young girl tells readers all about her unique family, comparing them to animals-her mother is tall and beautiful like a giraffe, her father is hairy and fierce like a lion, etc.
🙂 🙂 Rueben and Felix are best friends with one favorite activity-blowing bubbles, and the bigger, the better. But things start to go wrong after Rueben challenges Felix to a bubble-blowing contest and the two friends become each other’s competition.
Once upon a time, high atop the world, there lived a boy named Billy Hightower and the wind. When a new neighbor appears-a girl in a red hat-Billy Hightower can hardly wait to meet her and introduce himself. But the wind has other ideas.
🙂 Rhyming text conveys the special moments that can be shared by just two people throughout the four seasons-playing in the snow, planting seeds, eating ice cream, carving pumpkins.
🙂 🙂 Tired of being asked only about the weather, a sensitive groundhog decides to take a vacation right before the big day in February.
🙂 Election season is here, and Monster is ready to vote! But why cast your ballot when you can run for president and take a stand on important issues.
In rhyming text, Noni the pony and her friends, Dave Dog and Coco the cat, spend the day at the beach.
🙂 One little bear shares his dreams for the future with his adoring parent.
Angelina and the other mouselings at Miss Lilly’s Ballet School perform Cinderella on tour, battling homesickness and bad luck to ensure the show will go on.
🙂 🙂 Groundhog wants to please all the animals, but half of them want spring to come quickly and the other half do not-and all of them think he controls the seasons.
🙂 The rhyming text invites the reader to come along with a loved one and share the simple wonders of the world.
🙂 🙂 When Love Monster receives a box of chocolates as a gift, he has second thoughts about sharing them with all of his friends.
🙂 Each time Willy walks through a particular set of ordinary-looking doors, he’s thrust straight into an adventure.
Hazel Nut wants to sing and dance, but Mama, Papa, and Wally Nut are too busy, so Hazel calls in a special family member to get everyone moving.
The words in this book are playing hide-n-seek and only you can find them!