New Picture Books for the Whole Family to Enjoy


New Picture Books for

the Whole Family to Enjoy


Time for some new picture books. Most in this group are newly published. Lots of good ones!


The Full Moon at the Napping House

by Audrey Wood and Don Wood 

The Napping House is a classic picture book that I’ve read over and over. This is its sequel and it’s quite wonderful. While The Napping House is all about sleepers jumbled in a bed, disrupted by a flea, this one is about restless people and animals and it’s a chirping cricket that changes everything.


The Little Shop of Monsters

by R. L. Stine, illustrated by Marc Brown

R.L. Stein is best known for his really scary horror stories. And while this picture book isn’t really scary, it does have some parts that might make you a bit nervous. Perhaps it’s best to not read it right before bed…


The Day the Crayons Came Home

by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

In the first book by these two, The Day the Crayons Quit, the unhappy crayons walk out on their boy, Walt. Now they are ready to return. How do we know this? Each sends Walt a postcard—from the basement, from Egypt, from under the sofa…all sorts of places. These are clever crayons!


There was an Old Dragon

by Penny Parker Klostermann, illustrated by Ben Mantle

In the tradition of There was an Old Woman, this book is about a dragon who swallows a knight, a steed, a squire, a cook… It has lively rhymes and funny illustrations. If you know the tune, you’ll find yourself singing it, for sure.


Lizard from the Park

by Mark Pett

Leonard finds an egg in the park and brings it home. When the egg hatches, Leonard discovers his new friend is a lizard. Buster the lizard grows and grows and grows. Leonard sees Buster is getting more and more unhappy in the apartment that is now way too small for home. No problem, Leonard finds a clever solution.


Betty Goes Bananas

by Steve Antony

Betty has VERY little tolerance for frustration. In fact, one innocent banana causes tantrum after tantrum. Her friend Mr. Toucan tries to help, but the tantrums happen anyway. Funny!


The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

by Dan Santat

Beekle is an imaginary friend who wished mightily for a child to choose him. After a long wait, he and Alice meet. A perfect match! As a kid, I never had an imaginary friend. After reading this book, I now wish I did.



by Kevin Henkes

Five friends wait on a window sill. Each waits for something different. Each finds something to be happy about. One day, a new friend joins them. At first, she doesn’t seem to be waiting for anything, but then surprise!


I Will Chomp You!

by John Jory, illustrated by Bob Shea

A monster threatens some little creatures: If you turn any more pages…I will chomp you! They don’t pay attention to the monster and so it gets more and more upset. The monster’s reason become clear at the end of the book. Actually, it seems like a pretty good reason…



by Isabelle Arsenault

The NATO alphabet is the one you may have heard used before. It’s the one used by firefighters, police, and others who want to communicate exactly what they mean. So Charlie-Alpha-Tango would be cat. Or Gulf-Alpha-India-Lima would be my name. The pictures are neat and some take some figuring out. I love ABC books!


Happy reading!


2 thoughts on “New Picture Books for the Whole Family to Enjoy

  1. I can’t wait to read “The Day the Crayons Came Home!” I loved the first book when the crayons all quit! How creative to write for the point of view of each color. So fun!

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