While many adults are consuming their books on Kindles and iPads these days, diving into a real, flip-the-page kind of book is still supremely satisfying. If you've worn out your reading rotation (Knuffle Bunny...again?), pick up one of these new releases to refresh reading time with your little one, or find a new adventure-filled get-lost-in-it kind of chapter book for your older kids.
Ages 0 to 4
Pass It On by Sophy Henn British author and illustrator Sophy Henn is quite the rising star. Her first book, Where Bear?, won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2015 and her follow up, Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps, is adorable. Add Pass It On to your wish list: with its enlightening storyline—it teaches kids the power of staying positive and sharing happiness—it’s especially timely in today’s turbulent times.
A Season to Bee: A Stylish Book of Colors by Carlos Aponte For your little fashionista in the making, fashion illustrator Carlos Aponte reimagines your typical color book with his bold, energetic drawings. The storyline is pretty darn cute, too: Miss V. McQueen and her bug friends sashay down the runway. Imagine grasshopper greens and ladybug reds!
The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury Loved Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo? Author Julia Donaldson is back and paired up with award-winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury in this tale of a rabbit who finds a mysterious voice in its burrow. (available April 18)
The Kid From Planet Z #1: Crash by Nancy Krulik For older kids in this age range, Nancy Krulik (author of George Brown, Katie Kazoo, and the Magic Bone series) is debuting a new series to obsess over. Meet Zeke, a zeebop from Planet Z who is stranded on planet Earth and is looking to get back home but needs to make a few repairs. There’s also a talking cat named Zeus in the mix. Expect out-of-this-world zaniness. (available May 9)
I Am Jim Henson (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos The latest in this nonfiction biography series by Brad Meltzer features Muppets and Sesame Street creator Jim Henson and showcases his admirable traits for kids to learn in an easily digestible form: among other things, Henson’s wonderful sense of humor.
Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm by Jonathan London If you’re a sucker for a book series (and have read Mo Willems’s Gerald and Piggie to death), meet the new duo in town: Duck and Hippo by Jonathan London. The pair makes for charming best friends especially in this first book of the series, which involves plenty of puddle-jumping fun. With the simple phrasing, it’s ideal for first readers in this age range.
I Got This: To Gold and Beyondby Laurie Hernandez Gymnast Laurie Hernandez chronicles her path to Olympic gold in this enthusiastic, empowering, and often humorous book. Unlike lesser memoirs, Hernandez’s voice comes through loud, clear, and bubbly.
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk Fresh off a Newbery Honor Award win for Wolf Hollow, Lauren Wolk is back with a personally informed novel using her experience living in Cape Code to write about Crow, a young girl living on the islands off the coast of Massachusetts in the early 20th century. There’s lost pirate treasure, a thief to contend with, and other action-oriented plots, but important themes are interwoven dealing with race and identity. (available May 2)
Will Wilder #1: The Relic of Perilous Falls by Raymond Arroyo Adventure lovers won’t be able to put down Raymond Arroyo’s new hero, Will Wilder, who accidentally unlocked his otherworldly gift. In fact, the 12-year-old unknowingly awakens an ancient evil right in his hometown of Perilous Falls. Supernatural elements ensue and this wildly inventive ride is not to be missed.