As the year winds to a close there are a few more books that were released this year that we just have to share. This list covers everything from adventuring animals to laugh out loud situations. There is a little bit for just about everyone and we hope that you see some favorites as well as discover some new gems. Enjoy!
“The Antlered Ship” by Dashka Slater and Terry Fan- A daring tale about a fox and his hodgepodge crew of curious and determined animals who are off to explore the unknown for answers to life’s biggest questions.
“I Wanna Be a Cowgirl” by Angela DiTerlizzi and Elizabet Vukovic- A short and sweet story about a little girl with a big imagination who wants to be a cowgirl. Perfect for all the little country fans out there.
“Warts And All” by Lori Haskins Houran and Sydney Hanson- This book about unconditional love is absolutely adorable. Oozing with sweetness it is a lovely follow-up to “Next to You”.
“Shooting Star Rider” by Genevieve Core and Nayoung Jin- This thought provoking book is about a little girl who goes on a magical journey to remind the shooting stars why they are needed to grant wishes.
“Mud Book: How To Make Pies and Cakes” by John Cage and Lois Long- This tiny book contains instructions for making mud pies and cakes that you can actually follow. (At least it seems that way to me, test it and let me know!) Perfect for inspiring a little outdoor play.
“Beauty and the Beast” by An Leysen- A gorgeously illustrated retelling of an old classic, but with a spin or two that I haven’t heard before. Plus, there is an addition to the ending that makes for interesting predictions.
“Locomotive” by Julian Tuwim and Lewitt And Him- A beautiful new edition of a 20th century classic originally published in the 1930’s. It includes three short stories with the most darling vintage illustrations.
“Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books” by Michelle Markel and Nancy Carpenter- This wonderful nonfiction gem tells the story of John Newbery and how he popularized entertaining books for children. A definite must for every “kid lit” enthusiast!
“What Are You Waiting For?” by Scott Menchin and Matt Phelan- This calm and soothing story tells of a bunny who is patiently waiting for something quiet yet spectacular. Badger joins in and is rewarded with not only with what they are waiting for, but a new friendship.
“A Book for Benny” by Judith Koppens and Marja Meijer-In this story Benny the puppy wants to play, but Sam is intent on reading her book. Can she find the perfect book for Benny to convince him to read with her?
“Where, Oh Where, is Baby Bear?” by Ashley Wolff-This charming story follows a mother bear and a baby bear as they head out to look for food. It is playful and wonderfully illustrated. The perfect bedtime story.
“What’s Cooking?” by Joshua David Stein and Julia Rothman-This tongue-in-cheek book plays around with different concepts and word play surrounding food. It is fun to read and the design is outstanding.
“The Great Puppy Invasion” by Alastair Heim and Kim Smith- This one is bunches of fun! It is about a city that is incredibly predictable and somewhat boring until one day they are overrun by some puppies! It is sure to make you smile and appreciate the bit of chaos in your life.
“This Is a Good Story” by Adam Lehrhaupt and Magali Le Huche- I love this book for budding authors. In it the narrator is explaining the different parts of stories as she writes a story. Such a brilliant format that is both educational and entertaining.
“Betty’s Burgled Bakery: An Alliteration Adventure” by Travis Nichols- This book makes the perfect read aloud! It is packed with alliteration that starts with the letter “a” as it moves through the entire alphabet. All the while it tells the mystery of what happened to Betty’s baked goods.
“The Big Sticker Book of Beasts” & “The Big Sticker Book of Bugs” by Yuval Zommer- These two are sticker activity books, but I had to include them because they are big, fantastic, and sure to entertain for hours on end!
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