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.)
A steamship makes a journey across time from luxury and exclusivity to stewardship and inclusion.
Six little ninjas sneak into Dojo Daycare to surprise their master on his birthday.
No hair is too unruly for Maxwell the monkey barber. Whether his neighbors need their manes styled or mustaches trimmed, Maxwell gets them into shipshape.
Aberdeen is a little mouse with a lot of curiosity, so when a balloon floats by, he can’t help but follow it.
A boy wonders what happened to his dad to change him from cool to just plain normal.
Imagined in the form of a secret agent’s set of instructions, Mason and other children negotiate the first day of school.
Danny will sit anywhere except on the toilet. So the toilet does what any self-respecting toilet would do, he leaves home.
Anya awakens to discover she has grown a tiger tail, and it just happens to be her very first day of school.
Imagines the bedtime rituals of different types of trains.
Buddy does his best to explain to Earl what a baby is, but neither are prepared for the havoc Mrs. Cunningham’s baby wreaks.
Toby likes being a cat more than a boy. When it’s time to go to school, he becomes a timid kitten.
Like most everyone around him, a young boy mocks the strange man with bright red hair, who hauled a paint-splattered easel through the French countryside.
Monsters don’t have friends, but one day, Zander meets Bird and a strange thing happens.
Ned is a pirate whose fondness for knitting annoys his captain–until one of Ned’s knitted blankets saves the ship from a sea monster.
A furry, purple monster named Floyd is annoyed because he doesn’t like being called a monster.
Groovy Joe is a fun-loving dog with a tub full of ice cream–which he shares with his unexpected dinosaur guests.
The king, the knights, and the villagers are desperate to take down an especially terrible dragon.
Bedtime means brushing your teeth, putting on pajamas, and kissing your family good night–but little Monsters like to do things differently.
A young girl witnesses how the seasons change from summer to autumn.
Henry McHenry is one messy rhino. But today is a very important day. Today, Henry is going to avoid spills.