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.
In this retelling of the classic “Gingerbread Man” story, a ninjabread man with a cookie sword and cookie throwing stars escapes from the oven and runs loose.
A crew of dinosaur pirates searches for treasure but finds another band of pirasaurs instead.
Several animals tell a small child how much they care for him.
Farmer Falgu is tired of his noisy farm so he takes a trip to find some peace and quiet.
The ripple effect of one child’s small action–placing a can into a recycling bin–shows how we can all make a big environmental difference.
The apple is up high, but Toto is down low. Toto wants the apple. Toto has a plan.
A child is awoken in the night by the sound of snow tapping upon her window.
A magical blue bird grants the wish of a spoiled young girl in order to teach her compassion and generosity.
Kai is a small, green and white pumper truck who does not fit in with the other fire trucks at Firehouse #10.
This book is a rhyming ode to unconditional love and the ups and downs of family life.
All the forest animals hide in a tree after hearing a loud AAA-OOO sound and thinking it’s a monster.
Bat thinks he’s found a perfect new home, except that squirrel already lives there.
An ailing grandfather and his helpful granddaughter play a unique game of seek and find.
When a boy doesn’t get what he wants because he didn’t say please, he makes up his own magic word.
With a little bravery, a dash of creativity–and some paints–Little Mouse figures out how to tame even the scariest beasts.
Cat has made a big mess, but she’d rather move it, jump on it, or hide it rather than clean it up.
When Bob turns out the light, he sees two eyes in the dark. Who’s that peering in the window?
When Bear can’t sleep, he goes on an adventure and discovers the wonders of New York City.
A girl at the beach searches everywhere for her trumpet amid all the animal beachgoers.
The boy’s alien friend returns and this time the boy goes back with him to his planet where he begins to feel a bit alienated.
Squirrel meets a bird and at first it seems they have nothing in common, but each encourages the other to try some new things.