New Picture Books We Love

When’s the last time you read a picture book? Whether you just finished reading one moments ago or it’s been thirty years since you last picked one up, your life may be brightened a bit by these new picture books we’ve added to our collection lately. We just love them and we hope you’ll love them, too!

Follow That Line! Magic at Your Fingertips by JaNay Brown-Wood, illustrated by Rob Justus

Follow That Line! Magic at Your Fingertips by JaNay Brown-Wood, illustrated by Rob Justus

Interactive picture books are so much fun. In Follow That Line!, readers are prompted to use their fingers to trace lines that create art. At first, it’s straight lines, then curvy lines, then swirling lines, then a whole artistic spread! This book is a great way to warm up your fingers right before breaking out the crayons or markers. (Crayons and markers not included with the book.)

If you like this book, also check out books by Hervé Tullet and Christie Matheson.

The Curiosities by Zana Fraillon, illustrated by Phil Lesnie

The Curiosities by Zana Fraillon, illustrated by Phil Lesnie

One day, Miro is visited by the Curiosities, spirit-like creatures that accompany him and show him the wonderments of the world. Sometimes they are loud and wild, and other times they empower him and allow him to see elements of life he never noticed.

In the author’s note, Zana Fraillon discusses how this story was inspired by her child, writing, “While I wrote this book based on our experience of Tourette’s syndrome, I hope it can equally be read as a story for anyone who feels different, anyone who feels lost and alone, and anyone who has been found.” Paired with Phil Lesnie’s enchanting illustrations inspired by the folklore of the Philippines, this picture book is nothing short of a work of beauty.

I'm Not Missing by Kashelle Gourley, illustrated by Skylar Hogan

I’m Not Missing by Kashelle Gourley, illustrated by Skylar Hogan

You see that missing poster? That dog’s not actually missing. How do we know? Because he narrates this book, detailing his escape from his owner. Apparently, being a pet dog is pretty demanding: rolling over, shaking hands, wearing ridiculous costumes… It’s too much. So that’s why this dog has gone rogue, taking his life back into his own paws. Or so, that’s his plan.

Hilarious and adorable, I’m Not Missing will give you a new appreciation for the antics our good boys put up with.

Poopsie Gets Lost by Hannah E. Harrison

Poopsie Gets Lost by Hannah E. Harrison

Recommended to us by one of our patrons, Poopsie Gets Lost is a charming picture book about a pampered little Poopsie feline who leads a comfortable life. The narrator grows bored of chronicling her cushiony existence and pressures her to go on an adventure and get her paws dirty, which consequently gets herself into a “fine pickle.”

With lush illustrations, a silly narrative voice, and an adventurous plot, this book can easily be enjoyed by all ages of humans and cat companions.

Tell Me a Lion Story by Kara Kramer

Tell Me a Lion Story by Kara Kramer

Our Youth Services Supervisor says her son couldn’t get enough of this interactive storytelling book! It begins with a child asking their father to tell a story. However, as the father attempts to tell a story, the child continues to critique his narrative, demanding a story about a lion. Finally, he says, “Let’s tell it together.” From then on, the father leaves blanks in the story for the child to make it their own.

This picture book enables the readers to make it their own tale, perfect for imaginative storytellers–and we’re not lion!

Let's Do Everything and Nothing by Julia Kuo

Let’s Do Everything and Nothing by Julia Kuo

An ode to the love between parent and child, Let’s Do Everything and Nothing depicts the beauty of spending time together, whether climbing a mountain or watching the clouds. The sparse yet thoughtful text and stunning illustrations pair perfectly for a simple yet meaningful read.

The Pet Potato by Josh Lacey, illustrated by Momoko Abe

The Pet Potato by Josh Lacey, illustrated by Momoko Abe

Albert desperately wants a pet: a cat, a dog, a giraffe–any pet. Instead, he gets a potato, and while at first, he is bummed out by this, he soon discovers that maybe a potato is the perfect pet after all.

With colorful and bold illustrations, this sweet and silly tale about a boy and his bond with a potato will bring you joy (and maybe make you crave a baked potato).


Thanks for reading!

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