Last year I wrote a few posts featuring 2017 picture books I was excited to see based solely on their covers. I had a request to do a 2018 version so here it goes! I know little or nothing about these books unless I’m familiar with the author or illustrator. This is based purely on cover love.
There is 99.9% chance that I will love any book illustrated by Julie Morstad. Just a fact.
We have been blessed twice this year. Hallelujah.
I’m sorry but those miniature ponies are so freaking cute. Especially the one in the glasses!
Do you see how her hair looks like the crows?! Canadian author and illustrator bonus points.
A book about synesthesia? Right on.
When you have a 6-year-old who loves all things spooky, books like this suddenly become much sought after.
My library just updated our preschool STEM booklists so I’m bookmarking this one for next year.
And this one too. Girls in STEM are finally getting their space in picture books.
I’m drawn to the alternating colours in the title text.
Love the rhyming name and hoping for some bilingual action in this one. Also, those hoop earrings gurl.
Smash those gender stereotypes, Teddy!
Is it just me or are there relatively few picture books starring octopuses? I love any book that promotes writing. Could be a CLEL Bell Award nominee!
I’ve seen tons of good buzz about this one. Had me at mermaid.
I’m drawn to the subltleness of the art work here. And the title is a great oxymoron.
Noted for a child wearing a head scarf on the cover. Could be a good one to recommend to parents looking to talk to kids about race.
I hope this book is about the power of imagination. One of my favourite covers this year.
I loved Little Red and read it to every single class I visited to promote the Summer Reading Club last year. Can’t wait for more feminist fairy tales.
I’ve been loving the recent picture books about grandparents and grandchildren.
I’m adding this one slightly begrudgingly because I have had it UP TO HERE with the rain in Vancouver this winter, but I love the cloud image and think many interesting conversations with kids could be started from that alone.
Just wow. Yes to dark skinned girls on book covers. Yes to hair love.
Stack the Cats was one of my 2017 Favourite Storytime Picture Books so you bet I’m looking forward to this next one!
I love her powerful stance and the power in the title. Always looking for books that encourage kids to speak up for themselves.
All-star duo, ’nuff said.
I’m getting distinct Maybe Something Beautiful vibes which was one of my 2016 Favourite Storytime Picture Books and I ain’t mad about it.
This one reminds me of my niece Sophie to the highest degree. She is a little creator and I love seeing girls featured as makers.
Oooh, I wonder if this one takes place out on in the bayou. I love Preston-Gannon’s illustrations
This book speaks to the part of me that has watched every single nature documentary on Netflix.
Whoa. Sometimes you see a cover that pretty much blows your mind. Ain’t seen nothing like this before.
If you follow me on Twitter you know about my obsession with love poetry so I am here for this.
I actually feel like I’m in space when I look at this cover. Stunning.
If you follow me on Twitter you may also know about my mermaid obsession so I am doubly here for this.
New Patricelli, yay! She’s one of my toddler storytime authors to know.
Oh god. Is it a children’s librarian best friend or worst nightmare?
I can’t help but see Hagrid in this cover. Three cheers for diversity in body representation!
A superhero kid librarian? TAKE MY MONEY.
We have a huge Indian community here in Vancouver and I am always looking for books with more Indian representation.
I recently wondered about the amount of car-centric picture books I read in storytime and am happy to see more eco-friendly options be published.
Where will Becker take us this time? I love how the stone is glowing.
Okay, how many times did you have to look at this cover before you spotted the horse? Because mine was at least 10 times.
What 2018 picture books are you excited about? Let me know in the comments!