New & Notable Picture Books

Last updated on November 25.

Elevator Bird Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525648819
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 24th, 2020

By day Elevator Bird cheerfully tends to the myriad animal guests at the hotel — shepherding them up and down the elevator, offering advice on the sights and doling out kindness all around — but by night he “longs for dark nights filled with city lights.” So his coworkers come together to help Bird’s fresh air dreams come true. The story is lovely but it's the illustrations that really make it into something special. The colorful and adorably drawn critters will elicit squees of delight. (Rainbow porcupine is my personal favorite.) --Elese


What We'll Build: Plans For Our Together Future Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593206751
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Published: Philomel Books - October 6th, 2020

If You Come to Earth Cover Image
By Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452137797
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2020

Written as a letter to a visitor from Outer Space, Sophie Blackall's new book doesn't disappoint. She covers all the major points of contemporary life using a diverse cast of characters from all over the world. While she covers helping others, going to school, etc., she also doesn't shy away from tough topics (poverty, violence, natural disasters). As always, her beautiful illustrations matched with the sweet text makes for a completely endearing, heartwarming, and important book for anyone--child or adult. --Jen


Our Little Kitchen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419746550
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

Jillian Tamaki's text & illustrations offer a joyful peek inside the controlled chaos of an inclusive community food kitchen. Pair it with Harlem Grown by Tony Hillery (also on this list), and you've got a powerful duo of food justice picture books. --Elese


Sun Flower Lion Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062866103
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 22nd, 2020

A sweet, slightly quirky picture book reminiscent of Kevin Henkes's beloved Kitten's First Full Moon.


I am a Capybara Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616899455
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 6th, 2020

This book is worth it simply for the capybara cuddle clump. Adorable.


Red Shoes Cover Image
By Karen English, Ebony Glenn (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338114607
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 15th, 2020

I Am Every Good Thing Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525518778
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

Signed copies available.


Little Fox Cover Image
By Edward van de Vendel, Marije Tolman (Illustrator), David Colmer (Translated by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140077
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

Hands down one of my favorite picture books of the year. The colors simply leap off the page. Alternating between wordless pages and text, Little Fox tells the story of a playful fox who has gotten himself into a pickle (more than once, really) and relies on the help of a little boy for rescue. All turns out well in the end. What a joy to read.


Round Cover Image
By Jennifer Ward, Lisa Congdon (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534431195
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 29th, 2020

A celebration of all things round!


The Bear and the Moon Cover Image
By Matthew Burgess, Catia Chien (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452171913
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 29th, 2020

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story Cover Image
By Tina Cho, Jess X. Snow (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984814869
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Published: Kokila - August 4th, 2020

Young Dayeon wonders if she's brave enough to be a haenyeo - a free-diver - like her Grandma. As she works up her courage to try, the reader is treated to gorgeous illustrations awash in lush purples and vibrant oranges. Complete with beautiful messages about working in partnership with other women and in harmony with the sea, this grandmother-granddaughter story is a delight to read aloud and a welcome addition to the picture book world. --Elese


All Because You Matter Cover Image
By Tami Charles, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338574852
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Published: Orchard Books - October 6th, 2020

Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon Cover Image
By Simran Jeet Singh, Baljinder Kaur (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525555094
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Published: Kokila - August 25th, 2020

Butterflies Belong Here: A Story of One Idea, Thirty Kids, and a World of Butterflies Cover Image
By Deborah Hopkinson, Meilo So (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452176802
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 4th, 2020

This book inspired my family to work on creating a Monarch butterfly garden!


A Family for Louie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984813213
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - June 9th, 2020

Louie, the most-adorable dog, has perfected his ideal day on the town -- pancakes, fish tacos, fettuccine and hot cocoa -- well, almost perfected. Louie is lonely! Kids will giggle at the ever-expressive Louie's idiosyncrasies as he navigates through a Goldilocks array of families until he finds the one just right for him. So much to love on these pages. --Elese


Maud and Grand-Maud Cover Image
By Sara O'Leary, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399554582
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

Your Name Is a Song Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781943147724
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Published: Innovation Press - July 7th, 2020

Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood Cover Image
By Tony Hillery, Jessie Hartland (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534402317
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 18th, 2020

A joyful book about community, perseverance and good food. Mr. Tony's spirit and gentle leadership shines through the pages and is sure to inspire young gardeners everywhere --Elese (Ages 3-6)


How to Find a Bird Cover Image
By Jennifer Ward, Diana Sudyka (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481467056
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Published: Beach Lane Books - August 4th, 2020

A wonderful picture book introduction to the world of birds. There are a lot of bird books out there but this one has joined Kevin Henkes' Birds as an absolute favorite.--Elese


Alien Tomato Cover Image
By Kristen Schroeder, Mette Engell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781624149764
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Published: Page Street Kids - July 14th, 2020

Love by Sophia (The Sophia Books) Cover Image
By Jim Averbeck, Yasmeen Ismail (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481477901
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 16th, 2020

A story about art, family, love and perspective. -Elese


Tad Cover Image
By Benji Davies, Benji Davies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062563590
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Published: HarperCollins - June 9th, 2020

Gustavo, the Shy Ghost Cover Image
By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536211146
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Published: Candlewick - July 14th, 2020

Gustavo is a normal ghost...except he's very shy and anxious. Will he be able to overcome his shyness and make friends with the other monsters? The cutest Halloween story with a great message! --Jen


Unstoppable: (Family Read-Aloud book, Silly Book About Cooperation) Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Laura Park (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452165042
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 5th, 2020

A silly read-aloud that will have adult readers chuckling, too. --Elese


Spacebot Cover Image
By Mike Twohy, Mike Twohy (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534444362
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - May 19th, 2020

An odd but lovable space dog in an odd but lovable picture book. Short and silly. --Elese


Everyone's Awake: (Read-Aloud Bedtime Book, Goodnight Book for Kids) Cover Image
By Colin Meloy, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452178059
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chronicle Books - March 3rd, 2020

What a quirky picture book! The members of this unusual household stay awake all night in increasingly absurd ways. Had us all laughing out loud. --Elese


How to Be a Pirate Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681197784
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - March 3rd, 2020

A heartwarming and gorgeously illustrated book about the stories behind tattoos and realizing you can be whatever you decide to be. HOW TO BE A PIRATE will make your day. It will have readers young and old laughing and smiling from ear to ear. --Zach


Snail Crossing Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062878007
Availability: Backordered
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

A hilarious read-aloud about one very determined snail. --Elese ("Oh, Snail Crossing is so funny" says my 8-year-old as he saw me making this list.)


Lift Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368036924
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

Young Iris has been her family's designated elevator-button-pusher for as long as she can remember, until the day when her role is unceremoniously usurped by her upstart of a baby brother ... --Elese


Overground Railroad Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823438730
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Published: Holiday House - January 7th, 2020

In a story of the Great Migration, a young girl travels with her family by train from North Carolina to New York. How James Ransome hasn’t been awarded a Caldecott yet is beyond me … his art is divine and the accompanying words by Lesa Cline-Ransome are poetic. A wonderful and important picture book for elementary school-aged children.


A New Kind of Wild Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525553892
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Published: Dial Books - April 21st, 2020

A story of homesickness, memory and discovery. With the help of a new friend, Ren learns how to find the beauty & possibility in the city around him, while keeping space in his heart for the magic of the place he left behind. Lush, rainbow-filled illustrations are rife with small details that will delight upon repeat readings. --Elese


Nana Akua Goes to School Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525581130
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - June 16th, 2020

It's Grandparents Day and a young girl wonders what her classmates will think of her beloved Nana Akua. A powerful story skillfully told, with magnificent illustrations. --Elese


We Are Water Protectors Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

This Way, Charlie Cover Image
By Caron Levis, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419742064
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2020

A picture book for slightly older readers about the friendship between Jack & Charlie, a skittish goat and a blind horse, who together find a way to face life's challenges. --Elese


¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328557049
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Published: Versify - March 24th, 2020

A follow-up to the fantastic ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market!


My N.C. from A-Z Cover Image
By Michelle Lanier, Dare Coulter (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780865264991
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Published: North Carolina Division of Archives & History - January 15th, 2020

This colorful board book celebrates pride of place, creates connections to North Carolina's rich African American heritage, and teaches children about human equality and social justice. P is for Pauli Murray!


Roy Digs Dirt (David Books) Cover Image
By David Shannon, David Shannon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338251012
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Published: The Blue Sky Press - April 7th, 2020

David Shannon, author of the No, David books, is back with the story of an earnestly naughty terrier. --Elese


Antiracist Baby Picture Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110508
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Published: Kokila - July 14th, 2020

In a Jar Cover Image
By Deborah Marcero, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525514596
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

A joyous riot of color with a pair of ridiculously cute bunnies ... Llewellyn and Evelyn are the best of friends, collecting memories of the wonders of their world. When the day comes that Evelyn's family has to move to a new town, the two bunny friends endeavor to find a new way to share their experiences with each other across the distance. --Elese