Story Time: Essential New Picture Books (1)

Story Time is a new feature at The Hiding Spot in which I share some of my favorite new, old, or overlooked picture books.

This week I’ll be showcasing some great new releases to add to your home, school, or public library collections! Not a parent, teacher, or librarian? Picture books make fantastic gifts, from baby showers to birthdays and holidays. As bookworms, we all know how important books are – be the one who hands that special kid in your life the book who will make them fall in love with the magic of reading!


Poem-mobiles: Crazy Car Poems by J. Patrick Lewis & Douglas Florian, Illus. by Jeremy Holmes

poem-mobilesPOEM-MOBILES is sure to keep young readers and adults occupied with Jeremy Holmes’ remarkably creative and detailed illustrations of the crazy vehicles described in the fresh, creative poems penned by J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian. Adults reading aloud to little readers will, even as they read, find their attention drawn to the fanciful creations on the pages. POEM-MOBILES has Seussian flair and wit sure to engage readers of all ages, who will no doubt find themselves wishing they had some of these crazy vehicles, like the “Bathtub Limosine” parked in their own driveways.  Add to Goodreads.

The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane Derolf, illus. Michael Letzig

the crayon box that talkedWhen a little girl overhears a box of crayons who doesn’t get along complaining in a toy store, she decides to bring them home. She creates a picture, showing the crayons a thing or two about valuing one another and working together to create something even greater than is possible when standing alone. Colorful illustrations and rhyme combine to tell this creative story about teamwork and kindness. While not strictly new, as this book came out a few years ago in hardcover form, it has recently been re-released in board book! Add to Goodreads.

A Book of Babies by Il Sung Na

a book of babiesIl Sung Na, author of the beloved book A BOOK OF SLEEP, returns with a new story similarly populated with whimsical illustrations and a tender depiction of family in all shapes and sizes. A BOOK OF BABIES is sure to capture the attention and hearts of both parents and children alike. I adore the board book version of A BOOK OF SLEEP, so it isn’t surprising that I love this newest offering from Il Sung Na. The illustrations are eye-catching & bright, taking center stage next to the minimal text. I’m hoping this one is eventually offered in board book as well, as this author/illustrator’s work lends itself well to the format. Add to Goodreads.

Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney

little frog's tadpole troublePerfect for older siblings, LITTLE FROG’S TADPOLE TROUBLE tells the story of new big brother Little Frog. Little Frog was perfectly happy with is family of three, but is less than thrilled when he finds out he’ll soon be a big brother to nine tadpole siblings, who take up all of his parents’ time and are too small to do anything fun, like play the drums and build towers. Soon, however, all nine tadpoles have grown and Little Frog has nine new playmates who like to do everything he likes to do! Little Frog decides being a big brother isn’t so bad after all. Add to Goodreads.

Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney

small bunny's blue blanketSmall Bunny and Blue Blanket are inseparable, doing everything together… even playing in the sandbox. When Mommy insists that Small Bunny and Blue Blanket both need a bath, Small Bunny doesn’t agree. Blue Blanket is perfect and Small Bunny doesn’t like change one little bit. Mommy thinks Blue Blanket is good as new; Small Bunny is skeptical. But, after a day of swinging, painting, reading, and playing, Blue Blanket is just as he used to be… Perfect. Minimal text and simple illustrations with splashes of blue fill this quietly amusing story about change, friendship, and love. This title has been available in hardcover for awhile now, but is now available in board book as well! Add to Goodreads.

Catching Kisses by Amy Gibson, illus. by Maria van Lieshout

catching kissesIn CATCHING KISSES, bold images and touching descriptions of kisses of all types guide little readers with big hearts on a journey from coast to coast. As the text provides a universal story illustrating the power of a kiss, the accompanying images offer an opportunity to catch those kisses, and the love and friendship they represent, in action! CATCHING KISSES is a heartwarming addition to any library. Add to Goodreads.

The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland, illus. by Freya Blackwood

the runaway hugWhen Lucy’s mother gives Lucy her last hug, she promises to keep it safe. As she runs throughout her house, sharing the hug with others and taking it back to pass along to the next person, the hug changes but never loses its magic. When Lucy’s dog runs away with the hug, she worries she’ll never catch it again, but it will soon be safe and sound with Lucy’s mother again! Minimal text with fun and soft illustrations make THE RUNAWAY HUG a great bedtime book! Add to Goodreads.

Feel free to share your thoughts about any of these titles or feedback regarding my new Story Time feature! Is there a newly published picture book that you and your little ones love? Let me know!


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