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.
When Chunk goes missing, Yeti has to go to bed all by himself. Bedtime can be scary without your best friend.
In a village on the African plains, a little girl stalls bedtime by saying good night to various animals and objects. Gorgeous illustrations! This could be a Caldecott contender for next year!
Fox has lost a sock. Ox is on the case, but his silly antics frustrate Fox.
Mr. Fuzzbuster the cat sets off to prove he’s the favorite pet in the house.
At bath time, Marlo the dog is thrust into an underwater adventure filled with fish and predators.
A boy shrugs off cleaning up after himself, and his lack of cleanliness meets with disastrous results, an infestation of barbarians!
A little bear learns from his mother what it means to make and break a promise, as well as the lesson that some things in life simply cannot be promised.
A bird wants to make friends with a bear, but the bear already has a friend.
Three great warriors, Rock, Paper, and Scissors meet up for an epic battle that continues to this day.
After a long winter, ferns uncurl, cherry blossoms pop, animals wake up, and birds return.
A girl befriends a bee and together they fill their city with beauty. Incredibly imaginative!