Story Time: Essential New Picture Books (4)

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

This week I’ll be showcasing some great new releases to add to your collection!

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 that will make them fall in love with the magic of reading!


Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood, illus. by Claudia Rueda

here comes the easter catEverybody loves the Easter Bunny… well, everybody, that is, except Cat. Cat has a plan to steal Easter from the bunny we all know and love. Soon, everyone will love Easter Cat, in all his sparkly, motorcycle riding glory. Except, Cat loves naps, and delivering millions of eggs in one night doesn’t leave a lot of time for sleep. With this in mind, Cat has hatches a new plan that leaves time for that important eighth daily nap. Readers will love Cat’s antics and hilarious expressions in this adorable story of unexpected friendship and teamwork.

I love this book. It’s definitely my go-to pick for those looking for a book to tuck into an Easter basket this year. Add to Goodreads.

Max Makes a Cake by Michelle Edwards, illus. by Charles Santmax makes a cakeoso

Max has big plans with his dad to make a birthday cake for Mommy’s birthday, but has to take things into his own hands when Daddy gets distracted with taking care of Max’s little sister. With creativity and taste tastes, Max makes up his own birthday cake recipe using jam, cream cheese, and matzoh that delights Mommy and leaves Max feeling grown up and capable. Very cute! Add to Goodreads.

Ten Eggs in a Nest by Marilyn Sadler, illus. by Michael Fleming

ten eggs in a nestTEN EGGS IN A NEST is a fun little counting book. Gwen the hen and Red Rooster are excited about becoming mother and father to their chicks that are soon to hatch. But, since it’s bad luck to count your eggs before they hatch, Red has no idea how many chicks to expect. Each time Red runs to Worm World to pick up a worm for his new chick, he returns to find more have hatched. Kids will laugh at Red’s never ending trips to Worm World and back count how many chicks await Red each time! Add to Goodreads.

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson, illus. by Kate Hindley

how to wash a woolly mammoth

HOW TO WASH A WOOLLY MAMMOTH is a helpful step-by-step guide to giving your woolly mammoth a bath, a tricky task for anyone with a pet woolly mammoth. Utilizing spare text, hilarious illustrations, a rather expressive mammoth, this handy guide will have your mammoth squeaky clean and ready to cuddle in no time! Add to Goodreads


The Little Duck and The Little Rabbit by Phoebe Dunn

These titles are by no means new (if I remember correctly, they were originally published in the late 80s), but they’ve been re-released this month in a new format: board book. Both titles are great for the smallest readers, which makes their availability in board even better… In fact, I can’t believe they just being released in this format. Both of these titles would make great Spring/Easter gifts. Add them on Goodreads here and here.

the little duck the little rabbit

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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