…But I’m going to have to wait because they’re not published yet.
January is such an exciting time in the book world! Not only is everyone coming out with “Best of…” lists for the year before, but there’s also a lot of discussion about books that will be published in the coming year. Now, I’m generally a pretty patient person, but when it comes to books, I have the patience of a two-year-old. Which is why, when I sat down the other day to read some reviews of upcoming picture books, I pretty much threw an internal tantrum any toddler would be proud of because I want to read these books NOW!!! Sadly, I’m going to have to wait just like everyone else.
If you’re like me and want to take a sneak peek at what the new year holds, here are just a few of the amazing picture books that are due out in 2016:
Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer
This wonderful picture book features both collage illustrations and poetry as a young boy explores nature! It’s already been getting a lot of buzz from book blogs and review journals, and any book that helps children appreciate nature and poetry gets an A+ from me! Luckily the wait for this book isn’t too long because it’s due out on February 16th!
The Opposite Zoo by Il Sung Na
This book combines three of my favorite things: zoos, opposites, and author/illustrator Il Sung Na (who is a person, not a thing). There’s not too much out about this book yet, but from what I can gather, it’s about a monkey who visits all the animals in the zoo and describes them. I imagine opposites come into play by comparing the various animals (such as elephants are big and penguins are small). Either way, I am super excited for this book and will definitely be checking it out when it’s published on March 8th!
Monster and Son by David LaRochelle
LaRochelle’s previous books, It’s a Tiger! and Moo!, are two of my favorite books to share in storytime! This next book features various monsters and how they love their little ones. Don’t let the idea of monsters fool you, this book appears to be very gentle and tender. The cover displays a benevolent-looking King Kong on top of a building with a smaller, sleepy giant monkey. Monster and Son will be hitting shelves (and storytimes) near you on April 12th!
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexi
Coming out a month before Father’s Day, this father/son tale emphasizes the importance of identity as the son tries to choose a name that represents himself. While the story sounds wonderful, I am especially excited over the fact that this book is written by Sherman Alexi and illustrated by Yuyi Morales! These two powerhouses are sure to produce something that is absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book when it comes out on May 10th!