New Picture Books this week

So things are way too busy for my own good. I have been collapsing into an exhausted heap of left over Librarian at the end of the day and I’m sure that there is some major thing I’m forgetting (like showering or something). Fortunately my husband is a huge support (which means he has wine ready when I walk in the door).

Nevertheless, on my lists of things to do –  (I have multiple lists, which I then renew as two or three things get done on them, and then I feel a sudden OCD need to create a new list and re-organize) –  I have ‘write blog post about these new books’ repeated and have had it repeated on various lists for the past three days. So, folks it needs to get done and here it is.


The updated “what’s new” in the children’s picture book world at my library.


Dave’s Cave by Frann Preston-Gannon

Read to ages 3-5 but I loved it too. Grab a copy HERE.

Dave’s Cave is a riot. Not only for the pictures but also the dialog. The story is simple, Dave has a great cave but wonders if the grass is greener on the other…cave side. He goes looking but has a range of problems (too big, too small, to loud, too furry…etc). Finally Dave finds the perfect cave….

Great story, great laughs. Read this to your kids.




Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want To Survive The Cafeteria

by John Grandis and illustrated by Michael Allen Austin

For ages 6-9 years. Grab a copy HERE.

If you liked Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by this author / illustrator duo then this is another great read. The story is a fascinating glimpse into high-school social life and the illustrations are divine. Take a read and have a laugh at the characters in this book. It’ll make your day.




Mouse by Zebo Ludvicek

For ages 3-5 years. Grab a copy HERE.

This is adorable. It’s clever and sweet and the kids will go nuts over it. Mouse gives ‘M’ a bite of his favorite fruit, but when ‘M’ eats it all up shenanigans ensue. Mouse turns ‘M’ into some pretty interesting alternative letters, and at the end they find a friend in each other. Just have a read with your child and see what vocabulary they can come up with.

Very well done.




The Pink Hat by Andrew Joyner

For ages 4-8 years. Grab a copy HERE. 

So in discussion with another Librarian this week, I raised the idea that with the number of texts, literature, poetry, art, film, TV shows and general media coming out which serves to highlight issues of women’s equality, rights for the LGBTQ community and challenges faced by the BLM, it is feeling a little like a second coming of the Harlem Renaissance / women’s rights movement around here. This book is the latest in a slew of books coming out which helps children to understand the world around them and the challenges and issues that many face in today’s society.

This is very clever and quite lovely. The story is empowering and political and daring for a children’s book and I love it and I’ll take it home to my daughter. It says what it has to say without saying it, which basically makes it fascinating to me.

A great read.



Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

by Vashti Harrison

Great for ages 8-11 years, grab a copy HERE.

Awwww we’ve been waiting on this one haven’t we? Well here it is and it’s as great as expected. This book features a range of women who have blazed their way into history as the first, the greatest, and the most. There are scientists and artists, writers and physicians, celebrities and sporting greats. Each page features a powerful and well-known woman. This is another one to add to your children’s reading list.


Hell Goodbye Dog

by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Patrice Barton

For ages 4-8 years, grab a copy HERE.

The story is great, the illustrations are great. Zara has a dog called Moose who loves hellos and hates goodbyes. But sometimes Zara needs to go places (school, for example) and Moose cannot come with her. He’s having a hard time saying goodbye, much to the chagrin of Zara’s parents and teachers. Don’t worry, there’s a plan afoot and a great ending which involves hellos rather than goodbyes.




Invisible Lizard by Kurt Cyrus and Andy Atkins

Great for ages 5-7 years, available HERE.

This is a lovely little story with great illustrations and a funny ending. Children’ will love spotting Napoleon as he quests to be seen (or not to be seen). The colours are vibrant and this is just the kind of book that will have your children talking.



Let the Children March

by Monica Clark-Robinson and illustrated by Frank Morrison

For ages 6-9 years, get a copy HERE.

This is one of those books I talked about earlier, which is aiming to increase awareness among the young of the history of the United States and the search for equality for marginalized populations. This is a recounting of the marches that occurred during the civil rights movement in the 60s and reflects history in a very moving and readable way for children. Fantastic illustrations, bring this story home.

A must read.





Well, I’m done folks. I’m going to go get that wine. Wherever you are, I hope that you are enjoying yours too!


Til next time.






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