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New Releases in Picture Books

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ag. 26, 2014, 5:47pm

I've created this forum so people can post about new releases in picture books. I'm always looking for new picture books but it's hard to keep up with all the new releases. When/if you find any brand new books, post them here — even if you haven't had a chance to read or review them yet!

Today (August 26) I received four brand new picture books in the mail that I had preordered months ago. They were released TODAY! I love getting books on the day they're released. The books are:

- Quest by Aaron Becker

- Day Dreamers by Emily Winfield Martin

- Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato

- What There is Before There is Anything There: A Scary Story by Liniers

They are all fantastic books. Quest is the second book in the Journey series and Dream Animals is related to Martin's first book Dream Animals. Love love love both of these "series."

Little Elliot, Big City is Curato's first book and when I read it, it instantly became one of my favorite picture books. Here is Amazon's description of the book: "Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter—a friend."

What There is Before There is Anything There is about bedtime/nighttime fears that a little boy has. It has interesting characters and illustrations. I love creepy kidlit so I enjoy this book a lot.

Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager was also released today. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to purchase it yet.

These books make me sooooo excited for contemporary kidlit! Everything I've checked out lately has been exceptional.

ag. 26, 2014, 8:09pm

Specs for Rex by Yasmeen Ismail came out on August 14 in the UK, and is definitely also worth mentioning. I received it for free (and signed by the author!) from The Bright Group and it's a really cute book about a boy learning to love what makes him different.

ag. 26, 2014, 8:39pm

Oh, I am *very* excited to hear about Quest! Journey is such an amazing book.

Also, excellent idea for a thread! Thanks!

set. 8, 2014, 3:34pm

Here are some books that were released in August that everyone should know about:

- Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Bridgette Barrager

- On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah, illustrated by Benji Davies

- Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

I wan finally able to purchase Uni the Unicorn and it is beautiful! Not a style that I typically like, but I definitely do like it! On Sudden Hill was signed and shipped to me for free from Benji, and it's a magnificent story about friendship. Hug Machine is laugh-out-loud funny, and I didn't expect to adore it as much as I do.

This month (September) should be a good month for new picture book releases, so be on the lookout!

set. 24, 2014, 11:15am

The incredible book The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee was released yesterday (September 23)! It is amazing!! I love wordless picture books and this is an exceptional one about a lost clown and a surprise friendship.

set. 24, 2014, 11:24am

I just read Ich will Nudeln! with two second graders who are poor readers, and they loved it. Keep an eye out for Stephanie Blake. She is originally from Minnesota, but lives in Paris so her books are first published in French.

oct. 7, 2014, 6:32pm

I saw that Oliver Jeffers has a new alphabet book out this week - Once Upon An Alphabet. I am looking forward to getting it, early reviews are very good.

oct. 8, 2014, 10:03am

@hannahwhaley - Once Upon an Alphabet will be released next Tuesday (October 14) in the US. I've preordered it and look forward to reading it! It looks magnificent.

oct. 8, 2014, 10:26am

The Storm Whale ( written and illustrated by the magnificent Benji Davies was released in the US on September 30. It is a tale about a beached whale saving the relationship between a young boy and his father. The text is short and simple; the incredible illustrations are what really make the story.