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.
LORRAINE, THE GIRL WHO SANG THE STORM AWAY: When Pa Paw and Lorraine’s instruments come up missing during a fearsome storm, Lorraine finds the music inside herself to get them through.
A KISS FOR AKARAKA: A girl spends time with her father who playfully includes his daughter’s imaginary friend Akaraka. Lovely art!
ZOLA’S ELEPHANT: A girl hesitates to initiate friendship with her new neighbor Zola because she imagines Zola is busy with her elephant friend. Beautifully illustrated and unique!
HOW THE SQUID GOT TWO LONG ARMS: A mischievous squid steals clothes from the other animals until they fight back, leaving him with two long arms in the process.
MAX AND THE SUPERHEROES: Max is crazy about superheroes, especially Megapower, who is someone very special to him.
QUIET: Two children learn from their grandfather how to be quiet and still and appreciate the world around them.
A VERY LATE STORY: After several creatures show up and realize they’re in a book, they decide to wait for their story to begin.
A GOOD DAY FOR DUCKS: A brother and sister play outside on a rainy day.