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.
Big Bob likes trucks and throwing balls, Little Bob prefers dolls and bracelets. Can they be friends?
Inspired by the true story of how the first international flight was in a balloon across the English Channel.
Sophia knits a special hat for her elderly neighbor Mrs. Goldman.
This book wants to be the happiest book ever, but what’s up with the frowny frog?
A reluctant mother to four young geese, grumpy Bruce the bear loses his temper when he migrates home in the spring to find three mice have turned his home into a hotel.
Fox really wants to win the jumping contest and take home the trophy, but he’s not a very good jumper. So he comes up with a clever scheme.
Real cowboys are gentle, patient, and creative as they move hundreds of cattle, make camp, and dream under the stars.
Grumpy Pug Man is having a terrible day. But when he’s offered three wishes by an overly eager fairy, what he wishes for is a bit unexpected.
Every story needs a character and that character needs a problem to solve, so why not an octopus who wants to build a spaceship.
A determined mouse makes his way up, up, up to the palace tower to find out if the cat is a friend or a foe.
An increasingly frustrated narrator tries to put a stop to all the silliness in what is supposed to be a serious book.
As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder.
Nino’s little sisters get in on the wrestling action.
The little bears are ready to go sledding, but their sled is too small to carry them all.
A little girl named Lizzie meets an old man and his dog at the park, but she is afraid of dogs.
If you give a mouse a brownie, he’s going to ask for some ice cream, and then a spoon, and then…
With winter on the way and no money for new clothes, Mama stitches a coat for her little girl from a donated box of rags.
If snowflakes tasted like oatmeal, honey, cocoa, gingerbread, or fruitcake, would you do what this child does?
Mother and father trucks show their youngsters how to build in this variation on the classic “Over in the Meadow”.
An ode to snow–how it forms, how it changes, and how it transforms everything it covers. Simply lovely!