Welcome back to the blue manatee book blog! As you know, every few months we like to dedicate a blog post to some of our favorite new picture book releases. There are so many picture books published each month, and it can be tough to know which titles are the real standouts. Luckily for you, that’s our job as booksellers: to keep up so you don’t have to!
This week we’ve got a pretty long and diverse list—everything from a dog who needs glasses to a mud fairy, from a couple of kids exploring the wilderness to a girl who likes to view the world in shapes. If you’re aching for some fresh read-aloud material, try any or all of the books listed below! (Click the book covers for more information.)
Our Favorite New Picture Books
Douglas, You Need Glasses! by Ged Adamson
Humorous illustrations add extra entertainment to this story of a nearsighted dog who does not want glasses. Kids will laugh at Douglas’s antics, but empathize with his apprehension.
Good Night, Baddies by Deborah Underwood & Juli Kangas
Have you ever wondered what all of the classic storybook villains do when they go home for the day? Turns out, they’re not so scary when they’re taking bubble baths, reading stories, and checking fearfully for princesses under each others’ beds!
City Shapes by Diana Murray & Bryan Collier
Who knew how many different shapes can be found on a simple walk around your city? From skyscrapers to kites to stars in the sky, this book will have readers viewing their own cities (or towns, or suburbs) in a whole new shape-filled way.
Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty & Julia Sarcone-Roach
It seems like everyone in the Ellis family is excellent at something—except Ed, the dog. Every time he thinks he’s found his talent, someone else in the family outdoes him! Will Ed ever find a way to be truly excellent on his own?
Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd & Abigail Halpin
“What is wild? And where can you find it?” Beautiful illustrations compliment a narrative about discovering the surprising beauty of nature, in all its wildness, everywhere you go.
Chicken Lily by Lori Mortensen & Nina Victor Crittenden
Lily is a chicken. Yes, the animal, but she’s also afraid of everything. So when she has to read a poem in front of her entire school, Lily wonders how she can overcome her fear.
Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill
Homer is a dog, but he wants to be a wolf. A REAL wolf. So when Homer is invited to Wolf Camp, he jumps at the chance to go—only to find out that being a wolf (a REAL wolf) is a lot harder than it seems!
Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen
Fans of Jon Klassen’s hat books will certainly enjoy this book about a little pufferfish who is bullied by a big octopus. Unfortunately, the octopus forgets what pufferfish are known for!
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
Idle’s third book involving the dancing Flora is just as charming and fun as the first two. Bonus points for having gorgeous illustrations, no words, AND lift-the-flaps!
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom & Brendan Wenzel
One day in the shade of the eucalyptus trees, a merry little boy is snatched up by a snake. Undaunted, the boy devises a clever plan to free himself from the snake’s deep, dark belly, involving animals of ever-increasing size. A bouncing narrative, a colorful cast of characters by Wenzel, and a jaunty young hero complete this wonderful book.
Bloom by Doreen Cronin & David Small
Fairy-tale fans will enjoy this story about a mud fairy named Bloom, who is banished from her shiny glass kingdom for leaving trails of mud and dirt wherever she goes. But when the kingdom falls into disrepair, Bloom’s earthy magic might be the only thing that can save it!
Ten Hungry Pigs by Derek Anderson
A follow-up to the clever bathtime book Ten Pigs, Anderson’s latest proves that there is such a thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. Adults as well as kids will enjoy the clever ending!
Raybot by Adam F. Watkins
Raybot is a robot, searching for his best friend. He doesn’t know what this friend looks like—only that it says “bark.” Along the way, he meets a variety of other animals, whose fun animal sounds will certainly appeal to young readers.