So far we've shared some great reads that came out this year for adults (Fiction, More Fiction, Nonfiction), but we can't forget about the kids! Here are a few of the best new picture books for the little readers you love.
For the kid (or kid at heart) in your life who:
Is a master at bedtime avoidance-
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by David Roberts
Have you ever tried that trick of trying NOT to close your eyes as a way to feel sleepy? This clever picture book is built on that idea. Every time you blink, you have to turn the page, and soon enough, you (and any reading buddies) will be fast asleep.
Is working through big feelings-
THE RABBIT LISTENED
By Cori Doerrfeld
When tragedy strikes, Taylor’s friends have all kinds of suggestions on how to feel better – shouting, hiding, rebuilding – but Taylor doesn’t need suggestions. What he needs is company and a listening ear. With sweet illustrations, this picture book is a great primer on helping others (and ourselves) in hard moments.
Is secretly an artist (and doesn't even know it)-
By Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Barnett and Klassen are a beloved picture book duo, and for good reason. Their spare pictures and text are deceptively simple and always hilarious. SQUARE will have you laughing out loud and wondering what it really means to be an artist.
Sometimes wonders how to make friends-
By Minh Lê
Illustrated by Dan Santat
A young American boy has a hard time relating to his Thai grandfather; they like different shows, eat different food, and can’t even speak the same language. When they discover their shared love for drawing, however, a whole new world of communication opens up to them.
Loves to chat (but not always listen)-
By Tammi Sauer
Illustrated by Dave Mottram
Wordy Birdy has lots to say, so much that she doesn’t let anyone else get a word in. When there’s a bear on the loose, that chattiness gets her in trouble. This picture book’s a great reminder that talking is great, as long as we listen too.
Doesn’t usually see their life in picture books-
By Matt de la Peña
Illustrated by Loren Long
You might expect a picture book called LOVE to be saccharine, but this new release is honest as well as touching. De la Peña and Long show that love has a million faces (some expected, others surprising) and that sometimes it’s pain that reveals them.