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.)
Lucy and her dog, Mr. Barker, find themselves lost in a fairy tale where they meet new friends and find surprises around every turn.
As crickets sing in the breeze, hunting owls watch over the bay, and sea otters doze on the tide, two children on different continents go to bed.
Every day after school, Hannah sees her classmate’s dog, Sugar. Hannah is afraid of dogs. But one day, Sugar goes missing and it’s Hannah who finds him.
Mr. and Mrs. Barleycorn find something unusual growing on their land. And when Mr. Barleycorn decides to bring it inside, he brings the outside along with it.
This story follows the everyday life of two dancers, one a professional ballerina, the other a very young student, both of whom love ballet.
Two mouse friends have two distinctly different uses for leftovers: one builds, the other eats.
Three noisy foxes are always banging and clanging and singing and stomping until one day they decide that it might be nice to move somewhere very quiet for a change.
Presents animals acting out the verbs made from their names, including hogs hogging, slugs slugging, and others.
A young boy and girl, with very different ideas about what they want to play, face off during a playdate.
Simple, playful haiku offer clues about the animal hiding on he next page.