Our Favorite New Picture Books, Vol. IV

It’s that time of year again—the time to spotlight some of our favorite new releases in picture books!

We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again, because it’s true: we see SO MANY great picture books come through the store, and it breaks our hearts that they don’t always get the recognition they deserve. There are some not-so-great ones, too, of course. But most of the time we see new books that make us laugh and capture our hearts just as much as the old classics did. 

So without further ado, we present: our favorite new picture books for fall 2016! We hope you love them as much as we do!


They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

This book has quickly become a staff favorite. The way a child sees a cat is different from the way a mouse sees a cat, which is different from the way a bee sees a cat… even though they’re all looking at the same cat! If the remarkable illustrations alone aren’t enough of a reason to pick up this book, it can also be used to teach an excellent lesson about perspective.


Dear Dragon by Josh Funk & Rodolfo Montalvo

George and Blaise are pen pals, and they write to each other about everything. But there’s one thing they don’t know about each other: George is a human, and Blaise is a dragon. Each boy thinks he is writing to a pen pal that is just like him. What will happen when they finally meet in person?


We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp & Julie Flett

This beautiful board book is the perfect way to welcome a new baby into the world. With lyrical text and colorful illustrations, We Sang You Home celebrates the special bond between parent and child.


Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch & Mia Posada

A great book for the child who is always in motion! You may not realize it at first, but plants (like many children) cannot sit still. “Plants can wiggle. As seedlings start to grow, they squirm out of spring soil, unfold their leaves, and reach for the warmth and the light.” Offering endless opportunities for movement and learning, this book is great for energetic kids who like to know more about the world.


This Is My Book by Mark Pett

Meet Mark Pett. He’s the author and illustrator of this book. But after drawing a panda to showcase his skills, things start to unravel. The panda (who Mark names Percy, but who prefers to be called Spike) starts making all kinds of decisions and ruining the story! Will Mark ever get his book under control? The interactive nature and laugh-out-loud humor of this book makes it a hit with readers of all ages.


A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards & G. Brian Karas

Mrs. Goldman is an expert knitter. Sophia is okay at knitting, but her favorite thing to do is make pom-poms for Mrs. Goldman’s hats. One day she realizes that Mrs. Goldman has been so busy making hats for everybody else, she has no hat of her own to keep her warm! Sophia decides something must be done, but she’s going to have to work extra hard to make a hat special enough for Mrs. Goldman.


Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts

Ada Twist is finally here! Like her predecessors, Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck, Ada is a resourceful, curious kid. She has a lot of questions about how the world works, and she wants to answer them with science. But then Ada runs up against a question that has her stumped. What do scientists do when they can’t figure out an answer?


Real Cowboys by Kate Hoefler & Jonathan Bean

You may think you know what makes a cowboy, but there’s a lot more to cowboys than meets the eye. Real cowboys are gentle, safe, patient. They’re good listeners, and quiet in the morning. Sometimes they cry. And they aren’t just cowboys—they are cowgirls too! Hoefler’s lovely text pairs well with Bean’s unique illustrations, creating a book that turns the “Wild West” theme on its head to teach kids about all kinds of virtues.


Shy by Deborah Freedman

A book for all the quiet boys and girls out there who have trouble talking to others. We don’t see Shy, the main character, for the first part of the book—he prefers to hide between the pages. When Shy finally musters the courage to step out in search of a bird, he discovers what a wonderful world is waiting for him. The surprise reveal of Shy’s identity adds a fun twist!


The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh

A retelling of a legend surrounding two of Mexico’s volcanoes, this is the story of a princess named Izta and a warrior named Popoca. They fell in love, but before they could be together, Popoca was sent to fight the evil Jaguar Claw. We won’t spoil the entire story, but as with most legends, it does not have quite the traditional happy ending. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful (and brilliantly illustrated) version of the lengend of the volcanoes Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl that readers of all ages will enjoy.


Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol

Anyone who comes from a busy household can relate to this humorous story of an old woman who lived in a very small house… with a VERY big family. Unable to get any work done as winter approaches, she leaves her house with a yell: “LEAVE ME ALONE!”But the forest proves no less distracting, and neither do the mountains, so the old woman continues to travel farther and farther away. But when she finally finds some peace and quiet, she also finds that being alone isn’t all she thought it would be.


Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

We’re pretty sure you’ve never read a book like this before. Told entirely in dialogue between insects who speak a made-up language, the story is surprisingly understandable, as they marvel at the progress of a little sprout growing into a large tree. The illustrations are filled with humor and life, and imaginative kids will enjoy “translating” the insects’ language.

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