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.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.
A dragon resists the urge to eat the animals that approach his cave.
When Shirley’s gingerbread treat leaps out of her lunchbox, a wild chase ensues through the neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Chico the monkey has to step in and save the day when his friend Clark the elephant’s cooking nearly destroys their town.
A boy who likes to dress as a frog and a girl who loves numbers are best friends, despite being so different.
Late one night, a very unusual door-to-door salesman selling vacuum cleaners offers to help lazy Schnitzel with his housecleaning woes.
Max and Lily won’t follow the rules at Ruby and Louise’s home preschool.
Fatima and Galo load the luggage and ride on top while their dad Big Ali drives the bus along the Bobo Road, the most beautiful road in the world.
The city is still asleep as a young girl and her father leave their house and walk to school.
Papillon is a cat who is so fluffy he floats, so his owner tries many silly ways to keep him on the ground.
A boy wants to write a story just like his big sister, but he hasn’t learned to write words yet.
Rosie searches everywhere for her little baby chick. Will she find her before the hungry foxes do?
Pig wants to help rat and cow make soup, but when he chooses umbrellas and galoshes to add to the mix, the others think he’s terribly unwise.
When King Baby’s faithful subjects let him down, he must take royal action.
Hank is a pill bug whose daily routine involves nibbling a dead leaf, climbing up a long stick, avoiding a skateboarder, and playing pretend with his best friend Amelia.
When a group of precocious young students visit Don’s Safari on a school field trip, a missing hippo sends them all scrambling to be the first to spot it.
An old woman wants to be left alone to finish her knitting, so she packs up her yarn and leaves.
The Ghost-Hunters may be the only ones who can figure out what is haunting Farmer Greg’s farm.
Follow the ghosts as they trick-or-treat and cause mischief along the scary-silly way to the tune of The Ants Go Marching.
A teeny tiny woman gets trapped in her teeny tiny house in a very big forest by falling leaves.
When summer gives way to fall and the days grow crisp and cool, there’s something special in the air. Gorgeous illustrations!