The Children’s Book Review | November 29, 2017
5 New Release Picture Books
We have 5 beautiful picture books to share with you this month. Don’t just take our word for it though, take a gander for yourself! Of the 5 best new picture books we have selected for you to read your way through, we wonder which one you are going to want to read first?
Written and Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Publisher’s Synopsis: Oliver Jeffers, arguably the most influential creator of picture books today, offers a rare personal look inside his own hopes and wishes for his child–and in doing so gifts children and parents everywhere with a gently sweet and humorous missive about our world and those who call it home.
Insightfully sweet, with a gentle humor and poignancy, here is Oliver Jeffers’ user’s guide to life on Earth. He created it specially for his son, yet with a universality that embraces all children and their parents. Be it a complex view of our planet’s terrain (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space (it’s big), or a guide to all of humanity (don’t be fooled, we are all people), Oliver’s signature wit and humor combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have book for parents.
Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Philomel Books | November 14, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0399167898
Written by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Illustrated by James E. Ransome
Publisher’s Synopsis: A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse and illustrated by an award-winning artist.
We know her today as Harriet Tubman, but in her lifetime she was called by many names. As General Tubman she was a Union spy. As Moses she led hundreds to freedom on the Underground Railroad. As Minty she was a slave whose spirit could not be broken. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life.
Ages 4-7 | Publisher: Holiday House | November 7, 2017 | ISBN-13: 9780823420476
Written by Useni Eugene
Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Publisher’s Synopsis: Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins.
Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | November 14, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0316360302
Written by Nicola Davies
Illustrated by Emily Sutton
Publisher’s Synopsis: After magnifying the beauty of unseen organisms in Tiny Creatures, Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton turn their talents to the vast variety of life on Earth.
The more we study the world around us, the more living things we discover every day. The planet is full of millions of species of plants, birds, animals, and microbes, and every single one — including us — is part of a big, beautiful, complicated pattern. When humans interfere with parts of the pattern, by polluting the air and oceans, taking too much from the sea, and cutting down too many forests, animals and plants begin to disappear. What sort of world would it be if it went from having many types of living things to having just one? In a beautiful follow-up, the creators of the award-winning Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes deliver an inspiring look at the extraordinary diversity of Earth’s inhabitants — and the importance of their preservation.
Ages 5-8 | Publisher: Candlewick | November 7, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0763694838
Written and Illustrated by Martin Handford
Publisher’s Synopsis: Have you ever wondered which of his many adventures Waldo loved best?
Everyone’s favorite bespectacled explorer has been many places — the land of dragon flyers, a Jurassic arena of sports-loving dinosaurs, the set of black-and-white movies in Hollywood. Join Waldo as he handpicks his favorite journeys of all time, revisiting twelve of his most fantastic travels in a new format that includes a surprise at the end of the book. New eye-boggling games await Waldo-watchers alongside every scene in this fresh tribute to Waldo’s many years wandering the world.
Ages 5-9 | Publisher: Candlewick | October 17, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0763697266
*Header image illustration from Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel, 2017)