21 of the Best New Picture and Board Books

We have been so, so fortunate to receive a lot of picture and board books lately.  We are delighted when these boxes arrive and the books get so much love here.

Below I’m sharing some of the ones that we liked the best from these recent groups.  I’m hopeful you’ll find ones that make the little ones in your life a little extra happy!  They are in approximate age order, from board books to ones that have more text.  The publishers are tagged and the links are affiliate, so thank you for using them, shopping through them on your way to other items ; ), or shopping small.

  • Lea Redmond’s and Flora Waycott’s Made with Love: Pancakes!
    • Thank you to Chronicle!  Our daughter is pancake obsessed, so this one is extra special, but any kid is going to love this sweet (pun intended) board book.
  • Brendan Wenzel’s Hello Hello
    • Thank you to Chronicle!  A board book of opposites, but with increasingly abstract concepts and the inclusion of animals that are much more unusual than in your typical board book and will provide for fun learning opportunities.
  • Kenneth Kraegel’s This is a Book of Shapes
    • Thank you to Candlewick! An unexpected combination of bold graphic shape teaching and silly, kooky scenarios.  A picture of a star with the words “this is a star” followed by a page with “this is a rhinoceros wearing a jetpack and skateboarding across the desert singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’. Good silly fun.
  • Aaron Becker’s My Favorite Color: I Can Only Pick One?
    • Thank you to Candlewick!  If you, too, have ever been in awe standing in front of all the beautiful colors of paint strips or felt very Anne of Green Gables over the spectrum of nature’s colors, this one is a stunner.
  • Peppa Pig’s Day of Giving Thanks
    • Thank you to Chronicle! What little one does love Peppa Pig? This is a really sweet one that will definitely help encourage the practice of gratitude in a straightforward, lovely way.
  • Simona Ciraolo’s If Winter Comes, Tell It I’m Not Here
    • Thank you to Candlewick! This one is my favorite of the group.  A boy’s sister warns him of the pains of winter to come, but this book turns those complaints on their head in a very sweet way.  I know a lot of us are feeling a little bit warier of winter as the pandemic goes on, so maybe this one can be a small bright spot.
  • Jory John’s and Pete Oswald’s The Couch Potato
    • Thank you to Harper Kids! From the duo that brought you The Bad Seed, you’ve got a new spuddy to remind you of the glories beyond our couches. I love the potato puns galore and the reminder that “there’s a great big world out there…and I want to be a part of it. In person” (masked up) and our daughter is really tickled by the book as a whole.
  • Carson Ellis’s In the Half Room
    • Thank you to Candlewick! I absolutely love Carson Ellis’s work.  I’m looking at a framed print of hers as I type and I remember listening to her talk about this book when I went to the signing of her last one, The Shortest Day.  The idea for this book was her son’s, and it’s definitely one that I think you’ll either be scratching your head over or smiling about, since the whole idea is based around a world of halves. For those who enjoy the more surreal and creative!
  • Jessica Love’s Julian at the Wedding
    • Thank you, Candlewick!  This follow-up to Julian is a Mermaid is full of joy and the needed message of what it is to be affirmed for who you are.  If you’re looking to have more inclusive bookshelves, this one is a gem.
  • Kasya Denisevich’s Neighbors
    • Thank you to Chronicle! The contemplative nature of this one is really lovely, as are the transportive illustrations.
  • Mac Barnett’s and Shawn Harris’s A Polar Bear in the Snow
    • Thank you to Candlewick!  The torn-paper illustrations in this one are such a visual delight and the sparse, atmospheric story is one you’ll be reading through a lot.
  • David LaRochelle’s and Mike Wohnoutka’s See the Cat
    • Thank you to Candlewick!  Maeve really likes this “silly one”, as she dubbed it, and we do, too.  It turns the classic “see the cat” type of lines into unexpected fun with a dog who does not understand what the narrator is doing. Good giggly fun.
  • Romana Romanyshyn’s and  Andriy Lesiv’s Sound: Shh…Bang…POP…BOOM
    • Thank you to Chronicle! The way this book visually communicates sound is such a fascinating way to introduce kids to a topic that I think can often be overlooked.  Definitely one for all the inquisitive minds!
  • Neil Packer’s One of a Kind: A Story About Sorting and Classifying
    • Thank you to Candlewick!  This book is such a beauty.  This book is on the large side but, personally, I think that makes it all the more fun.  This one walks your child through classifications, starting with the idea of the animal kingdom and going on to cheese and art.  I really love this one and know that my younger self would have felt so sophisticated reading it and learning from it. Highly recommend!
  • Mireia Trius’s and Joana Casals’s Me and the World: An Infographic Exploration
    • Thank you to Chronicle!  This vibrant book is packed with amazing infographics to help your kid (and you) learn about cultures all over the world.  We’re going to be spending a lot of time with this one.
  • Laurel Snyder’s and Emily Hughes’s Charlie and Mouse: Even Better
    • Thank you to Chronicle!  We love Charlie and Mouse- two cute brothers who, this time, are getting ready for their mom’s birthday.  We consider Charlie and Mouse a staple for readers who like a longer picture book read aloud or for early readers.
  • Ana Gallo’s and Victor Escandell’s Sleuth & Solve History: 20+ Mind-Twisting Mysteries
    • Thank you to Chronicle!  This one is so cool.  Our daughter is too young to try to use deduction skills to solve this historic mysteries, but I can’t wait until she can because it is such a fun concept and so well executed.
  • Colin Stuart’s and Ximo Abadia’s The Language of the Universe: A Visual Exploration of Mathematics
    • Thank you to Candlewick! This huge book is both fascinating and inspiring.  I’m in absolute awe of the way it takes the reader through things like fractals and chromosomes and gravity.  This would make such a special present for a little one in your life who is captivated by math and science (or who you think should be!).  A very unique, thoughtful one! Also, know that it’s huge.
  • Jennifer Z. Paxton’s and Katy Wiedemann’s Anatomicum
    • Thank you to Candlewick! I have distinct memories of poring over the pages of some encyclopedia-type book that we had as kids that diagrammed the human body.  I was so interested by the complexities.  This book would have been perfect for me. Heck, I’d probably be a renowned doctor now (just kidding, I could never be a doctor).  Really, though, I cannot speak highly enough of the way that this book lays out the human body.  It’s so richly informative with such beautifully moody illustrations. One you’ll want to own for sure!
  • Susan Goldman Rubin’s and Richie Pope’s Mary Seacole: Bound for the Battlefield
    • Thank you to Candlewick!  This biography tells the story of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican woman who was a nurse on the frontlines of the Crimean War.  I really appreciate when people highlight historical figures who deserve more due and this is certainly an excellent one.

Any of these catching your attention?


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