Children's books, New arrivals

New children's books published in 2023!

Updated March 21, 2023
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It's Chinese New Year, Curious George
Adcock, Maria Wen
Everyone's favorite curious little monkey celebrates Chinese New Year with his friend Mei in this playful rhyming tabbed board book.  Curious George joins his friend Mei and her family as they prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year! From cleaning house and...
9 kilometers
Aguilera, Claudio
The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) Outstanding International Books List - PreK-2 (2024) Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Books of the Year List (2023) The New York Public Library Best Books for Kids List (2023) ...
An American story
Alexander, Kwame
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Book A 2023 New York Times Best Children's Book A 2023 Publisher's Weekly Best Picture Book An NPR Best Book of the Year #1 New York Times Bestselling and...
Bunnies in a boat
Ardagh, Philip
Surf's up--watch out! Here comes another funny, frolicking read-aloud from the creators of Bunnies on the Bus. Bunnies in a boat! Bunnies in a boat! Dashing and a-splashing! Let's hope they stay afloat! There are...
Harriet spies
Arnold, Elana K.
The unforgettable star of Just Harriet returns for another mystery on Marble Island, from award-winning author Elana K. Arnold. There are a few things you should know about Harriet Wermer: She always tells the truth. She's loving spending her summer on...
Cinderella--with dogs!
Bailey, Linda 1948-
A hilarious picture book featuring a dog-loving kingdom and the most fabulous, far-out fairy DOGmother ever! Here is a Cinderella story like no other. When Cinderella wishes for a fairy godmother, she's not expecting one that barks! And this fairy dogmother has a different agenda...
The Berenstain Bears blast off!
Berenstain, Mike 1951-
The Berenstain Bears are out of this world in this exciting addition to the classic New York Times bestselling series. The Berenstain Bears can't wait to visit the Bear Country Space Center, where rockets blast off into outer space! When the tour guide gives Mama, Papa, and the...
Growing up
Berenstain, Mike 1951-
Honey Bear is growing up! The little cub finally learns to live without her smelly, old blanket in this Berenstain Bears Gifts of the Spirit storybook! The Berenstain Bears Gifts of the Spirit series celebrates the joy of faith, family, and friends-values essential to a wholesome...
A good deed can grow
Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss
Discover the ripple effects of doing a good deed in this interactive picture book about the importance of kindness.   A good deed can grow like a seed. . . .  Join a loving community as they work to create a better...
Simon sort of says
Bow, Erin
NEWBERY HONOR AWARD . LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD . SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARD HONOR . FINALIST FOR THE AUDIE AWARD FOR BEST MIDDLE GRADE AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR "Funny, poignant and-most important-hopeful." -New York Times Simon O'Keeffe's biggest...
Now that you're here : a love poem your baby can see
Brantz, Loryn
From bestselling Feminist Baby and It Had to Be You creator Loryn Brantz comes a fun-filled high-contrast black-and-white board book that celebrates the experiences kids of all abilities may have with their loved ones Now that you're here, there's so much we can do. We've...
Rabbit, Duck, and Big Bear
Brun-Cosme, Nadine
A picture book about three best friends who do everything together, until they each realize that sometimes having time alone can be nice too. Rabbit, Duck, and Big Bear are best friends. They do everything together and go everywhere together except for one place. They never go...
The Library Fish learns to read
Capucilli, Alyssa Satin 1957-
Library Fish returns in this charming picture book about the unusually literary fish learning to do what everyone around her loves--read! Library Fish is very happy in her bowl on Mr. Hughes the librarian's desk. From there, she listens to story time and watches Mr. Hughes teach...
Eric loves animals : (just like you!)
Carle, Eric
Explore the animal kingdom through the eyes of bestselling author and illustrator Eric Carle with this alphabetized treasury of animal illustrations, featuring beloved classic characters as well as exclusive, never-before-seen art. Internationally known for his bright, bold,...
The very hungry caterpillar's Easter egg hunt : a lift-the-flap book
Carle, Eric
Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar on a fun lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt! Meet friendly farmyard animals and lift the flaps on every page to help The Very Hungry Caterpillar hunt for Easter eggs. Will you find them all? This is a delightful seasonal lift-the-flap adventure with...
It's more fun with two
Courtney, Michelle
A Heartwarming Picture Book About the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship "Well, we tried our best, but perhaps we should give this friendship a rest." Elephant and Mouse's friendship starts off strong. Elephant helps Mouse reach his stuck kite,...
Oona in the Arctic
DiPucchio, Kelly
New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Raissa Figueroa are back with another gorgeous and grand tale from the big sea's littlest mischief-maker, Oona! Oona is on a mission! A baby beluga whale has lost her way from...
Beneath
Doerrfeld, Cori
In this stunning story from New York Times bestselling creator Cori Doerrfeld, a child and their grandfather take a walk in the woods and discover more about themselves. Finn is in a horrible mood and doesn't want to talk about it. After some persuading, though, they...
Baby-sitters little sister. 6 Karen's birthday
Farina, Katy
Another graphic novel in this fun series spin-off of The Baby-sitters Club, featuring Kristy's little stepsister! It's Karen's birthday! She can't wait for all those presents. Karen is even going to have two parties -- one at Daddy's house and one at Mommy's. But what Karen really wants...
Bluey. Easter
Celebrate Easter with Bluey and Bingo in this fun storybook!  Based on the wildly successful animated series Bluey, as seen on Disney+ It's Easter! Bluey and Bingo are worried that the Easter Bunny has forgotten them, until they find a clue that takes them on an egg...
Learning with Llama Llama : shapes
Anna Dewdney's New York Times bestselling series continues with a new Llama Llama concept board book about shapes and all the places to find them! Llama Llama spends the day at home, surrounded by shapes. From his bedroom to the sandbox, children will enjoy this look-and...
The sleepy bunny : a springtime story about being yourself
This picture book is an adorable introduction to Easter for pre-readers. Meet a sleepy bunny with an unlikely talent, that will remind little ones their differences can also be their superpower. Benji snoozes all day long, while the other animals bounce about and have the best...
Beak & Ally. #4 Snow birds
Feuti, Norman
When noisy neighbors move in for the winter, will Beak & Ally ever find peace and quiet Find out in Beak & Ally: Snow Birds, the latest in this Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award-winning series from cartoonist Norm Feuti! Winter is coming! Beak loves the snow, but his hopes are...
The green piano : how little me found music
Flack, Roberta
This autobiographical picture book by the multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Roberta Flack recounts her childhood in a home surrounded by music and love- it all started with a beat-up piano that her father found in a junkyard, repaired, and painted green. Growing up in a Blue...
All the beating hearts
Fogliano, Julie
A tender and compassionate exploration of the shared experiences that bring us all together, be they sweet, painful, or both. On a morning brimming with possibilities, a gentle narrator muses on everything the day might bring, from work to play to all the little moments in...
The museum of lost teeth
Friedland, Elyssa
Find out where the tooth fairy takes all those lost teeth in this laugh-out-loud new picture book, perfect for fans of School's First Day of SchoolToothy lives in Liam's mouth next to his best friend Fang. He's a good tooth--sparkly and strong, and he loves doing the floss.One day, Toothy notices...
How many squirrels are in the world?
G, Mister
A lively, humorous counting book featuring a kid trying to keep up with a load of sassy squirrels. Some days it seems like there are squirrels everywhere! When a curious little girl decides she must find out exactly how many there are, her mission has her searching high and low,...
Whale done : a FunJungle novel
Gibbs, Stuart 1969-
In the eighth novel in New York Times bestselling Stuart Gibbs's FunJungle series, Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle's resident sleuth to find the culprits behind a blown-up whale and a string of beach sand thefts. After an escaped kangaroo starts a fire that burns down...
Miss Banks pulls lots of pranks
Gutman, Dan
With more than 32 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading! In this opening installment of the newest My Weird School arc, mischief, mayhem, and pranks galore await! A.J. and his friends are starting fourth grade. A new school year means a new...
Pepper & Boo : paws up for joy!
Harper, Charise Mericle
Charise Mericle Harper (Crafty Cat, Just Grace, Fashion Kitty) delivers another hilarious and charming early graphic novel series starring Pepper and Boo, two darling dogs, and their suspicious housemate, the Cat. Pepper and Boo are two dogs who love to...
Watch out for the lion!
Hartman, Brooke
Readers beware--there's a ferocious lion in this book! The book warns that it has seen the lion already. First its bristly tail, then clashing claws, twitchy ears, fearsome fangs... and it's lying in wait to turn any unsuspecting passerby into a child cheeseburger or rugrat ravioli. ...
Linus
Hausmann, Stuart
In the spirit of All Are Welcome, this gentle picture book about being yourself and inspiring change in others follows sweet, plucky Linus who doesn't fit into the rigid confines of his straitlaced world--and learns that that's okay. Linus is trying his very best to stay...
Not a book about bunnies
Henke, Amanda
Debut author Amanda Henke shines a funny, fact-filled, and heartwarming spotlight on one of nature's most overlooked and misunderstood creatures - the loveable (but not-so-huggable) Porcupine! There are no books about the most underrated, majestic forest creature of all time ......
Take a bow
Holabird, Katharine
Angelina Ballerina dances in the finale in Miss Lilly's ballet recital in this original 8x8 storybook featuring holographic foil on the cover! Angelina Ballerina is so excited that she has been chosen to dance in the finale in the spring recital! But when the male lead dancer,...
Waiting on Mr. Sloth
Hudson, Katy
The sun is out. The temperature is hot. And Sasha has everything packed and ready for a full day of swimming! But Mr. Sloth is taking for-eh-ver! Sasha does NOT like to wait. However, her best friend is never in a hurry. Will Sasha learn to be patient, or will her quick temper ruin a memorable...
A crown for Corina
Kemp, Laekan Zea
A charming story about a girl who learns a beloved family tradition and the symbolism behind the Mexican flower crown, from two Pura Belpré award-winning creators. Today is Corina's birthday, and she's excited to wear the biggest crown with the most beautiful flowers...
The superteacher project
Korman, Gordon
From Gordon Korman, the bestselling author of Restart and The Unteachables, comes a hilarious new story about a mysterious new teacher who turns out to be an AI robot from a secret experimental program. Oliver Zahn, spitball champion and self-declared rule-wrecker of...
Winston Chu vs. the whimsies
Lee, Stacey (Stacey Heather)
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents best-selling author Stacey Lee's modern reimagining of a classic Chinese folktale--replete with magic, boba, and lots of trash talking. Twelve-year-old Winston Chu is supposed to learn impulse control at the cooking academy his mom...
Once upon a book
Lin, Grace
A Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2023! A Smithsonian Magazine Best Kids Books of 2023! From Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Grace Lin and bestselling author Kate Messner comes a modern folktale about the joy of reading. ...
I am not an octopus
McLaughlin, Eoin
Can a scaredy octopus in denial embrace his true identity? A goofy octopod finally dares to take the plunge--and dip his tentacles into the water he fears. Terry is definitely not an octopus. He's just a regular guy who happens to have a few extra limbs and a love of canned tuna....
Sunny and Oswaldo
Melleby, Nicole
A moving story of friendship, family, and the importance of empathy from award-winning author Nicole Melleby, expertly rendered with vibrant, expressive illustrations from Alexandra Colombo. Sunny does not like cats--especially Oswaldo. He's cranky and mean. Sunny's dad loves...
Rare birds
Miller, Jeff R.
Jeff Miller's heartbreaking, coming-of-age middle-grade novel--inspired by his personal experience living through his own parent's heart transplant--invites readers into the world of a twelve-year-old birdwatcher looking for a place to call home and a way to save his mother, even if it means...
The kindest red : a story of hijab and friendship
Muhammad, Ibtihaj 1985-
The sequel to the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Proudest Blue shows the power of friendship and kindness, from Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad. It's picture day and Faizah can't wait to wear her special red dress with matching hair...
Rhinos at recess
Osborne, Mary Pope
The #1 bestselling Magic Tree House series is ready to whisk you away across the world with Jack and Annie--this time to the African savanna! Jack and Annie are on the playground at recess when they feel the magic tree house calling them. They sneak away and are whisked off on an...
The bright side
Otis, Chad
This endearing picture book about making the most of any situation is also a heartfelt and meaningful portrait of houselessness that's just right for young children. Sometimes it's hard to stay positive- when you live in an old school bus instead of a normal house; when you have...
If you sailed on the Titanic
Patrick, Denise Lewis
What do you know about the sinking of the Titanic? What if you lived in a different time and place? What would you wear? What would you eat? How would your daily life be different? Scholastic's If You Lived... series answers all of kids' most important questions about events...
Mrs. Peanuckle's Earth alphabet
Peanuckle Mrs
Explore our wondrous planet while learning the ABCs with Mrs. Peanuckle! With playful text, bright illustrations, and sturdy pages, this alphabet book will engage toddlers, and take them on an alphabet adventure through the natural world! Mrs. Peanuckle shares everything that...
One tiny treefrog: a countdown to survival
Piedra, Tony
The red-eyed treefrog of the Costa Rican rain forest stars in this bold and visually arresting countdown book, which is both a captivating read-aloud and a resource. Deep in the tropical forest of Costa Rica, ten sticky frog eggs cling to a leaf. Only nine eggs hatch. Only eight...
Baby boy, you are a star!
Pinkney, Andrea Davis
From bestselling author and illustrator duo, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney comes the fifth in the Bright Brown Baby series! Baby boy. Precious boy. Yes! You're a STAR! A joyful celebration and ode to all bright brown baby boys. With bouncing and rhythmic...
Hey Otter! Hey Beaver!
Pinkney, J. Brian
Best friends Otter and Beaver both love their stream--but for two completely different reasons! While Otter loves to play in the water, Beaver works hard to build a dam. Hey Otter! Hey Beaver! is a funny and action-packed book about competition, cooperation, and friendship,...
Just Jerry : how drawing shaped my life
Pinkney, Jerry
An inspiring memoir of a Caldecott-winning artist and one of the most acclaimed children's book illustrators of all time, sharing the story of a young artist who finds the courage to follow his passion against all odds. * "A moving work from a...
Mister Kitty is lost!
Pizzoli, Greg
A fun and interactive preschool adventure (with cutout surprises on almost every page!) that explores counting and colors, from the award-winning creator of The Watermelon Seed and Good Night Owl. Mister Kitty is missing somewhere inside this...
You are a story
Raczka, Bob
An empowering reflection on the many things we are and the ways we relate to the world. Poet Bob Raczka's You are a Story highlights all of the nuance and potential of a growing person's identity, delighting in the things that make us special and connect us to others. Text...
Nubby
Richards, Dan 1966-
A beloved but overworked toy strikes out on his own to find glory-only to find that the best rewards were at home all along in this sweet and funny picture book that is perfect for fans of Toy Story and Knuffle Bunny. Nubby the stuffed rabbit is his owner's favorite...
This book is my best friend
Robinson, Robin 1986-
When two young readers reach for the same book at the library, they set off on a charming romp through the stacks in this rambunctious and endearing picture book. Sunny and Aarush both love to read. In fact, it is their favorite thing. For Aarush, a book is like a refuge for when...
When a friend needs a friend
Roozeboos
Good friends stick together in fun times and hard times. When a Friend Needs a Friend is a gift for friends of all ages. "This thoughtful book is sure to spark conversations between child readers and sympathetic adults." -- The Horn Book "A...
Good night, sister
Schwarzenegger, Katherine
An instant New York Times bestseller! From New York Times bestselling author Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt comes a beautiful bedtime read, celebrating the power and comfort of sisterhood. This sweet title is the perfect gift for sisters or anyone with a special bond!<...
Rock out!
Shaskan, Stephen
Besties Pizza and Taco are ready to rock out! They have a cool band name! And some instruments-sort of. Songs? Well, even without mad musical skills, how hard can it be? This super-silly graphic novel series by Stephen Shaskan hits a new high note! Pizza and Taco love...
Very good hats
Straub, Emma
The first picture book by bestselling novelist Emma Straub, author of This Time Tomorrow, this is a joyous, inventive, adorably illustrated read-aloud that will inspire kids to see ordinary objects in a whole new way. Some people think hats are fancy things you can buy at...
Leprechaun vs. Easter Bunny
Tarpley, Todd
St. Patrick's Day and Easter go head-to-head in this hilarious holiday mash-up (with a special sparkly cover)! It was only a matter of time. When two holidays are this close together, there are bound to be a few...disagreements. Now two sneaky rivals,...
Pick a perfect egg
Toht, Patricia 1960-
The creators of Pick a Pine Tree and Pick a Pumpkin return with another seasonal celebration, one that deserves a spot in every Easter basket. Pick a perfect egg with care-- Choose a white one nestled there. Gather more and softly...
Just the right cake
Tosi, Christina
From Christina Tosi, the playful creator of the popular bakery Milk Bar, comes this story of a boy finding his comfort and creativity again after his parents' divorce. Original cake recipe included! For Phil, every day is the perfect day to bake a cake, especially with his Mom...
Sprout branches out
Von Innerebner, Jessika
Discover the unbe-leaf-ably adorable story of a young plant with mulch to learn in this feel-good tale perfect for fans of The Bad Seed and Grumpy Monkey. Sprout the plant lives on a small porch, in a little town. She's only been able to grow two...
A is for Affrilachia
Walker, Frank X. 1961-
The people and places in Appalachia make it a rich, multifaceted, and diverse region. When author Frank X Walker first coined the phrase "Affrilachia," he wanted to ensure that the voices and accomplishments of African Americans in that region were recognized and exalted. A Is for Affrilachia<...
Sugar pie lullaby : the soul of Motown in a song of love
Weatherford, Carole Boston 1956-
Celebrate family love with this heartwarming and soulful bedtime book perfect for toddlers 1-3! Shoo-be-do-wop along with your little one as you introduce them to the legendary music of the Motown era. Heartfelt text and whimsical illustrations will touch the hearts of sentimental parents...
You are my pride : a love letter from your motherland
Weatherford, Carole Boston 1956-
In this powerfully written and beautifully illustrated picture book by award-winning author and illustrator team Carole Boston Weatherford and E. B. Lewis, Mother Africa addresses her offspring of all colors in all corners of the earth, reminding us of our timeless bond. Written...
Elbert in the air
Wesolowska, Monica 1965-
A heartwarming story about unconditional love and rising above those who stand in the way of being who you are. Shortly after he is born, Elbert floats up into the air. Before long, his mother must stand on her tip toes to reach him and toss toys into the air at playtime. While...

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