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.
Count down to bedtime as sleepy animals tiptoe to bed, curl up tight, and whisper “nighty-night.”
Madeline Finn does not like to read, until she meets Bonnie, a library dog.
A penguin complains about his life–he’s cold, the ocean is too salty, he looks the same as everyone else.
Wearing his perfectly clean suit and living in his perfectly tidy room, Edward the pig avoids getting messy, until a tub of paint falls on his head.
A baby owl leaves the nest one night, explores the world around him, sees his own reflection, and then returns to the safety of home.
Life isn’t perfect and things don’t always go as planned. But that’s what makes life interesting.
Shy loves birds, but when one comes along singing her beautiful song, he’s too shy to come out and say hello.
The children want to go to the park with Grandad, but they can’t leave until they find his lost socks, shoes, teeth, and more.
Pug is happy at home until Pig arrives, when he must share his bowl, yard, and bed.
Stripes is a tabby cat with big dreams to be a tiger.
Mervin the sloth is about to do the best thing in the world, but none of his friends have the patience to wait and find out what, except for one.
A girl in a wheelchair looks down from her balcony and calls to passersby below: “Look up!”
Lucy is devastated when her favorite doll Smelly Baby goes flying out of the car window on her way home from her grandmother’s house.
Running through town to get a pizza for himself and his mother, Pinky unwittingly becomes covered in snow and everyone thinks he’s a walking snowman.
Bird is hiking with his friends when his tummy rumbles. But none of his friends have packed him a snack.
When the snow comes, Samson worries about the little red bird, so he sets off to find her.
When Little Bot is thrown out with the garbage, he lands in a strange new world. But Sparrow is there to take him under her wing.
Roxy’s trying to help Mom with the shopping, but when she sees her favorite cake, she wants it…and she wants it now!
Two turtles have found a hat and it looks good on both of them. So who gets the hat?
An old dog and a baby spend time together on the kitchen floor.