2019 Picture Books: Bedtime Stories

The series continues! Bedtime stories beat Bodily Functions by 1%. ONE PERCENT. Follow me on Instagram to vote in my weekly polls if you want to have a say in what comes next.

If you do a pyjama storytime or an evening storytime, these books will be perfect. Some will make great read alouds, while others will make a perfect display. I encourage families to try and make reading a part of their daily routine. Bedtime is a great place to start! Here are some books to add to your nightstand about bedtime, sleeping, and the night.

Here are the other posts in my 2019 Picture Book series:

Storytime alert! For all of Sandall’s books., really
Sweet dreams 🙂
Children’s librarians around the world are having their hipster moment: we liked this song way before it was cool.
Say goodnight to 12 colourful cats.
Don’t think that donut escaped my notice.
I love the close-up.
That’s what I say about books.
Baby sloths!!
Everyone has their own bedtime routine.
I guess counting them didn’t work.
Sheep and sleep go together like…zzzz
A rhythmic bedtime wish from caregiver to child.
Yes, the Timbaland you know as the music mogul.
A little girl is full of questions right before bedtime.
Fit in one more game before bedtime. Toddlers will want to read again and again and again…
Always a fan when books are involved.
A nonfiction picture book about how animals rest.
So much more than black and white.

Wingardium Leviosa!
McMullan had one last year about bathtime that is great for storytime.
Fits perfectly on my books about space list too.
If you’ve got a little one who is afraid to turn off the lights.
These illustrations are so unique and captivating.
There’s no way that dinosaur comes to life, no way.
I’m not saying caregivers would grab this one to read at bedtime, but kids probably would!
A companion to A Big Mooncake for Little Star.

Which ones are you looking forward to sharing? Any you’ve read and loved? Let me know in the comments!

2019 Picture Books: Things That Go

First of all, this post won in my Instagram poll battle against Bodily Functions. And I never thought I’d see the day.

Anyways! We’ve got trucks. We’ve got cars. We’ve got bikes. We’ve got motorcycles. We’ve got trains. We’ve got skateboards. We’ve got boats. We’ve got construction vehicles. Your vehicle obsessed toddlers and preschoolers will thank you when they’re older.

Here are the other posts in my 2019 Picture Book Series:

I have a 7-year-old who can’t wait to read this new one from her favourite Canadian author.
100% would wear that helmet.
This makes my inner Californian very happy.
I can’t see this title and not think of the movie…
I want her glasses.
I’m very interested to see what has more than ten wheels!
Little red corvette.
Dinosaurs + Cars = Never on your shelf.
One of them is wearing a bandanna, folks, the international symbol of toughness.
A tale about how even the smallest of us can find a way to help.
Perfect for storytime.
Props for a female tow truck driver!
Will they beat the storm home?
Higgins and OHora, what a great combination!
I know nothing about this one except that apparently rabbit helmets have holes for their ears because of course they do.
Part of the Lyon series on things that move.
Look, I try not to judge celebrity picture books too hard, but sometimes it’s really hard.
Climate change is real.
This is the kind of anthropomorphized truck that kids absolutely love.
Mostly interested in the dog TBH.
So that’s where thunder comes from…
Told only in verbs, this one looks splendid.
I never thought I’d say this but…that is a cute dump truck.
You can fly, you can fly, you can fly, you can fly, you can fly.
A second truck on a leash!
This one will also be on my School Stories list.
Find out what trains do while we sleep.
Lemme guess.
Shout out for female construction workers!
I didn’t realize the orange stuff was her hair at first!
C. Ry is back.

Which ones are you looking forward to reading? Any that you’ve read and loved? Let me know in the comments!

2019 Picture Books: Poetry Collections

April is National Poetry Month! I am a true lover of poetry. My mom says when I was little I had a fascination with certain words, especially odd sounding ones, and loved to sit in her lap and listen to poems read aloud. Do you have a favourite poem? As a kid I loved “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout” by Shel Silverstein. Nowadays I devour contemporary love poems, with those by Ada Limón among my favourite. I’m sure kids will discover many future favourites in these 2019 poetry collections.

Check out the other books in my 2019 Picture Book series:

Christina Rossetti is one of my poetry patronuses.
I would love to show this to my Creative Writing group.
How do you give thanks?
Singer is well established as an author so I’m excited to read these.
Singer is having a prolific year.
Hedgehogs always look so timid and shy.
Looks perfect for reading with a child or storytime partner.
This could also be on my upcoming Bedtime books list.
This book is described as “irreverent” which makes me immediately like it.
Serious nonsense.
This one could also be on my outer space list but the title is so *poetry*
American friends, look for this one.
Anyone else sing this title a la Billy Joel?
For all your soccer fans out there.
For all your sports fans, period.
This looks like a great one to choose a poem from to read aloud in storytime.
Rosen’s other poetry and rhyme collections are perfect for storytime.
Perfect for your transportation enthusiasts.
The font on this is SUPERB.
This will be well loved by kids and librarians alike.
Adorbs.

Which ones are you looking forward to reading? Any that you highly recommend? Let me know in the comments!

2019 Picture Books: Magical and Mythical Creatures

My Instagram peeps finally came through and voted for my favourite category! Being *a bit* of a fantasy lover, I couldn’t pass up a chance to feature new releases starring magical creatures. Unicorns, fairies, mermaids, dragons, giant fish monsters. They are all here, folks. You’ll have a hard time keeping these on your shelves.

Check out the other posts in my 2019 Picture Books series:

I lol’d at his little speech bubble. A tale to combat perfectionism.
I can confirm there is a unicorn in this book.
They look so….buff.
You get rainbow cupcakes?
Unicorn is back, ya’ll!
A nonfiction title covering the history of the legends around these mythical creatures.
See, there’s more than just unicorns.
But also more unicorns.
NEW ASHLEY SPIRES!
Clap if you believe!
She wrote Uni the Unicorn so I have high hopes for this one.
Pretty sure I wanted to be that mermaid when I was a kid.
A retelling of The Little Mermaid by Israeli author and illustrator team.
Mermaids with bobs, I dig it.
This parody follows a mermaid as she says goodnight to the creatures of the lagoon.
Is it to be…part of that world!!!
In case you missed it on my Books Featuring Babies list.
A dragon of mixed descent finds her place in the world.
As someone who was obsessed with her blankie as a child, I understand the despair hidden in this question.
They look like pretty nice dragons to me.
Awww, poor dragons.
I really hope this one works for storyime.
A retelling of the classic story behind Chinese New Year’s traditions.
A heroic girl stars in this fantasy.
Spend the summer with this unusual best friend.
Getting Game of Thrones vibes.
This one involves storytelling.
This also belongs on my Feelings and Emotions booklist.
Okay but how can something that breathes fire have a fever?!
This ogre doesn’t have stage fright, no sir.
I couldn’t not include this one.
This is not the tooth fairy I grew up with.
Bob Graham still going strong.
I’m not sure why she’s undersea, but I’ll take it!
Oh boy.
I don’t see why not.

Which ones are you looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments!

2019 Picture Books: Outer Space

To infinity and beyond! Check out these 2019 picture books about space, the moon, stars, planets, and everything else out there in the great void. I am sad to report that Mythical Creatures lost out to this category once again in my Instagram poll. One day!

Which ones are you looking forward to reading? Or have you read one and loved it? Let me know in the comments!

Here are the other books in my 2019 Picture Book series:

A little girl rallies her neighbourhood to come see a comet. Side note: I want her earrings.
A gorgeous cover! A girl tries to count all the stars in the sky.
This book would help her along.
Is it just me or is that dog giving some serious side eye?
After all…
A little girl dreams of being a star.
Fun Fact: The author’s sister is my colleague and fellow children’s librarian here in Vancouver!
Funny shenanigans ensue when Pluto finds out it is not a planet after all.
Stars. They’re what’s for breakfast.
A little girl finds a star for a pet.
A magical story about the power of imagination. I love the metaphor.
Mostly just empty space, amirite?
A mother travels to the moon to find a cure for her sick son.
Send Curiosity right over.
Curiosity has a birthday.
Apparently everyone is having birthdays in space!
Someone meets a new friend in outer space.
A little girl accidentally knocks the moon out of the sky. Whoops.
A nonfiction title about a chemist who made a difference.
Yolen is back in the house, ya’ll.
Come back here!
A nonfiction pick featuring the history of the moon told by the moon itself.
Learn about Apollo 11’s historic mission.
Whoa, it’ s like if you combined the two books above this one you’d get this exact book.
Moon travel is getting so much love this year.
Apollo 12 gets some attention.
The Year of the Astronaut.
Seriously, folks, you could refresh your entire space exploration collection this year.
I told you.
I love the colours used here!
This will also be on my School Stories list.
There’s gotta be!
And maybe it’s your babysitter!
The astronaut stuffie!!
Sequel to How To Find Gold.
Please let this be sung to “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.”
A girl searches for another planet with life.
The C is yellow because it looks like a crescent moon, get it?
A celebrity author takes on self-esteem in this exploration of the night sky.

There you have it! I’d love to know which ones you are eager to read!

2019 Picture Books: Feelings and Emotions

I ran an Instagram poll this week asking which booklist you wanted to see next: Feelings or Mythical Creatures. I have to admit, I was rooting for the magical, but I stick to my word!

Social emotional learning is the process by which children understand and manage their emotions, show empathy towards others, and maintain positive relationships with the people around them. Asking children how a character feels when reading a book is a great way to help them develop these skills. Here’s some 2019 picture books that make it really easy to do just that.

See the other posts in my 2019 Picture Book series:

This might be my favourite book cover of the year. THE HAIR. THE OVERALLS.
Yay for more Todd Parr books!
Ya for even more Todd Parr books!
#choosekind
Okay but can we all agree that’s the cutest cactus you’ve ever seen.
Lizzy Rockwell writes amazing nonfiction that works perfect in storytime.
You go, girl.
A story about kindness and self love.
A great story about being brave and overcoming fears.
Written by a poet.
Happy girls in yellow dresses are having a year.
We’ve all been there.
I really want to know what the MM stands for.
A nervous little dog overcomes his fears.
Poor buddy.
A bad mood threatens to sweep through the whole town.
A poetic expression of love through the seasons.
Superbuns might be my new favourite nickname.
Bullies come in all shapes and sizes.
Third book in the series after I’m Bored and and I’m Sad.
I recommend all of the books in this series.
Part of his series. A lion family celebrates a new arrival.
A story of loneliness and exclusion.
A story of building confidence and getting reassurance.
I love Woodcock’s illustrations so much.
Hunger is definitely a feeling and one of the very first babies learn to communicate.
The tagline reads: Being bored has never been so much fun.
A little girl struggles with self doubt.
Frustration. Grumpiness. This bear looks like it is about to lose it.
Everyone should be able to express their emotions freely. Also works as a starting school story.
A German import about waking up on the wrong side of the bed.
Gurl, if I had your hair I’d be happy too.
This cover is everything.
Melvin has another one out this year about family.
I get asked a lot for books about worry and anxiety. Glad to have another one to recommend.
A book about grief and loss.
Feeling left out is no fun at all.
A perfect introduction to Norse mythology.
Did anyone else think that was Charlie Brown on the cover?
A girl uses art to deal with anxiety.
You go, Mousie!
Written by a psychologist to help kids battle negative thoughts.
The Beatles are back, baby.
A story about facing your monsters.
Do you see the butterfly wings?!
A sequel to the title character.
I sang this title to the tune of “Fear the Reaper” and that says a lot about me.
A bluebird narrates their year and all the things that bring them joy.
Includes 12 sayings of affirmation.
*heart eye emojis*

Which ones are you most looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments!

2019 Picture Books: Women Biographies

You all said you liked posts where I showcase new picture books based on a theme so I’m making this a huge series! Seriously. There will be about 15 more of these.

I’m kicking the whole thing off with a list perfect for International Women’s Day. Check out these 2019 picture books featuring fierce girls and women. Get your collection development budget ready, friends, because you’re going to want them all.

Here are the other posts in my 2019 Picture Book series (links will be added as as each post goes live):

Meet the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.
A must have for all libraries!
One of the few I could find featuring an Asian woman.
Of particular interest to my American friends.
This one is only based on a true story but it fills a gap in stories about Hawaiian women.
Hamilton fans rejoice!
Meet the lady who flew.
Glamorous movie star and brilliant inventor all in one!
Travel through the alphabet to meet Broadway’s leading ladies.
Meet the English surrealist artist Leonora Carrington
I imagine this story will particularly well loved on the East Coast.
Apparently Emily is having a year!
I am loving the focus on contemporary women this year.
The illustrations are giving me Disney flashbacks in the best way.
Learn about one of the first entomologists and scientific illustrators .
What’s that? TWO books about famous entomologists?!
Good to see Ada still getting lots of picture book love.
Meet the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.
They’ve been getting a lot of book love lately!
Told you so.
How one girl proved that girls can ride bikes too. (duh?)
An animal rights activist story.
This cover is absolutely gorgeous!
Discover tons of female athletes who broke barriers.
For dinosaur lovers everywhere.
From French orphan to style icon.
Inspired by Mary Edwards Walker, a 19th-century doctor who was arrested many times for wearing pants.
A heroic escape from slavery from a very brave woman.
There are so many women I’ve never heard of. This is one of them.
The story of the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera,.
Part of a series!
Billie Jean is also having a year.
A unique artist from the 1950s.
Discover how Betty Snyder, Jean Jennings, and Kay McNulty used a computer to aid in WWII.
Perfect for fans of Hidden Figures.
Two Katherine Johnson books this year!
Learn about the first first female member of the Royal Geographic Society.
A touching story about a conservationist and her rhino friend.
Add this to your Malala collection.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Frida as a child on the cover before.
This is another woman I’ve never heard of!
I am loving all these books featuring women in science.
I wish this would have taken off!
A dynamic author + illustrator duo. A must buy.
Meet Maria Mitchell, America’s first professional astronomer.
Learn about famous women from different countries and time periods.
You get a book! You get a book! You get a book!

Which ones are you looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments!

2019 Picture Books Featuring Babies

Do you have a favourite moment of your work week? I feel like 99% of the time mine happens in babytime. I mean, I got high-fived by a 10-month old today. Hard to beat that in my opinion.

I’m always on the lookout for new books to share in babytime, either to read aloud or to put on display. Here are some 2019 picture books that I think will be great to share at babytime. I haven’t read any of these yet. They just got that cover appeal. Let me know in the comments what new releases you are looking forward to sharing in babytime this year!

And don’t miss the other books in my 2019 Picture Book series!

I am always looking for ways to incorporate more languages in storytime.
Bilingual with a beat? Yes, please!
I hope this one is singable!
This looks perfect for pointing out body parts.
A sequel to the lift-the-flap feminist guidebook for babies that came out last year.
Baby animals still count as babies.
Finally a baby mermaid book! By a classic author too.
I’ve seen lots of good buzz about this one and think it would be great to give to parents at babytime who have multiple children.
A story about expecting parents and bonding with a newborn.
I think some parents would love this one. Or love to pass it to older siblings.
Babies AND dogs?!
This book instantly reminded me of the way my niece used to say “shoes” which was a very drawn out “shooooeeeeessss.”
Follow the baby orangutan as it goes on a wild adventure through the jungle.
You wouldn’t know it from the cover but this is an alphabet book!
A rhyming jaunt through the busy life of a little one.
Perfect for all those future activists.
Diverse depictions of families fill this story of a stroller that gets passed along to people in the community.
Is this the only book about twin babies in existence? Fills a gap regardless.
I’ll cheer to that!
I am always on the lookout for books set in places outside of North America. This one takes place in West Africa.
I’m crossing my fingers this one makes a good read aloud.
Babymoons. They are all the rage these days.
It’s actually about baby moons!!
Can we please take a moment to appreciate the side eye that baby in the stripes is giving?
A great gift for new parents.

On a side note, I’d love to get feedback from everyone regarding these types of posts. They are fun and easy for me to write, allowing me time to work on my more meatier posts in the meantime. Do you enjoy them? Do you like seeing what’s coming out soon? Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts or requests!