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.
Since the author is asleep, the illustrator decides to take over writing the story, but she may need some help.
Neighbors and community workers alike work together when Big Tree, their favorite local landmark, is downed during a lightning storm.
When something sad happens to Taylor, all the animals think they know how to help.
Bob doesn’t like the chaos of New York City, so he decides to build a tree house in the cool, green calm of Central Park.
After visiting the aquarium, Oliver decides to be an otter and tries to copy otter behavior at meals, while playing, and at bath time.
A young girl joyfully creates art from everyday objects.
Murray Bear is afraid to visit the waterfall, so with the help of his big sister, he makes a worry box and puts his worries inside.
A little girl imagines all the things she can be and defies the negative voice inside that says she can’t succeed.
Follow a boy through a day filled with the noisy joy of imaginative play. Fun!
A girl is determined to express herself–no matter what. Lovely lyrical ode to creativity!
Raccoon doesn’t want to be alone on a stormy night, but his neighbors each tell him they have no room to spare. Nice art!