One thing that gives me hope for a good 2017 is that there are SO MANY wonderful books arriving in the coming year. Here are a few picture books that I am particularly excited about (so far), one for each of the first three months of the year.
A Greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Chris Appelhans
Combine delicious, tongue-tying wordplay with gorgeous yet goofy illustrations, and you have my absolute favorite book so far of 2017. My review is here. And this one comes out on Tuesday, 1/3–HOORAY!
Tony by Ed Galing, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
It would be very, very difficult for me to not love a story illustrated by Erin E. Stead, but the story behind this one gives it an extra specialness. On his blog, Philip Stead gave the origin story of Tony, and I guarantee if you read it you will find yourself a little misty-eyed. I think for 2017 we should all remember “that there are beautiful things happening in the world that go unnoticed.” And start noticing them–this book is a good start. My review is here.
Out February 7th.
Bird, Balloon, Bear by Il Sung Na
This one’s for all those shy kindred spirits out there–may you find this lovely book helps you find the courage to find and cultivate friendships with those who are kind, loving, and understanding. My review is here.
Out March 14th.