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January 2021 New Picture Books

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, January 05, 2021

2021 is finally here! And with it comes so many new books for your little one. Enjoy this list of 8 books that will be released throughout January! Let us know if you find a new favorite!

 

 

 

What's the Matter, Marlo? by Andrew Arnold

 

What's the Matter Marlo? is a picture book about best friends that highlights empathy, as well as anger and sadness, and reminds us that these aren't feelings to run away from, but instead to help each other through.

 

Marlo and Coco are best friends. They do everything together—they read together, laugh together, and play games together. After all, they’re best friends. And that’s what best friends do.

 

But one day, when Coco asks Marlo to play, he doesn’t answer. Instead, Marlo turns away ignoring Coco, until he’s lost in his anger. Coco is worried about her friend, but then she remembers she can always find Marlo.

 

In this charming, thoughtful picture book, author-illustrator Andrew Arnold explores empathy and sadness, and how friends can help each other navigate big emotions. Because that’s what best friends do.

 

 

 

There is a Rainbow by Theresa Trinder

 

A hopeful picture book that reminds readers we are all connected. Sometimes we are separated by distance, sometimes by the way we feel. Even though the world is full of barriers that can make us feel alone, we are all just on one end of a rainbow—connected by all that color and light, there is always something, or someone, waiting for us on the other side!

 

Inspired by the multitude of rainbows found in the windows of homes around the world following the coronavirus lockdown, this uplifting picture book shares a message of hope and resilience that is truly timeless.

 

 

 

Ducks on the Road by Anita Lobel

 

From Caldecott Honor artist Anita Lobel comes a touching and classically vividly illustrated story of a family of ducks out for a walk and the surprises they meet along the way.

 

When a family of ducks goes out for a walk, their path takes them in unexpected directions—and maybe even to some new friends. Little ones will delight in counting ducks one through ten and identifying the other animals the duck family meets on their country walk.

 

 

 

Oona by Kelly DiPucchio

 

This comical and heartfelt picture book is a winning celebration of invention, creativity, and friendship. With gorgeous underwater scenes and a crowd-pleasing tale, this is one little mermaid who is here to make a splash! 

New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Raissa Figueroa would like to introduce Oona—the big wide sea’s littlest mischief-maker.  

Oona and her best friend Otto love to search for treasure…and often find trouble instead.

Messy trouble.

Tricky trouble.

Even shark-related trouble.

That’s never stopped them before, though!

After all, no proper treasure hunt is without some adventure. But when the grandest treasure yet is stuck in a deep, dark rift, Oona’s not sure if she can dive right in. What might be waiting for her in those unknown waters?

 

 

 

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

 

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.

Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages.

 

 

 

Bronco and Friends: A Party to Remember by Tim Tebow

 

Heisman Trophy winner, multi-sport athlete, special needs advocate, and positive role model Tim Tebow encourages children to embrace their unique qualities in his first book for children, a winning tale based on his sweet pup, Bronco.

 

Bronco received an invitation to a party, but he can’t find the puzzle piece everyone is supposed to bring. During his search, he encounters a variety of friends with their own set of worries: a flightless bird, an allergic goat, and a clumsy bunny. The animals team up to find both Bronco’s puzzle piece and the party, arriving to discover that the party is in their honor!

 

This sweet story of animals with different challenges and abilities is core to Tim Tebow’s message to fans and friends of any age who have special needs. Getting invited to the party is exciting–but bringing your own particular gifts makes it more fun for everyone. Tim Tebow wants everyone to know that's how God sees them: special, unique, and essential to the party.

 

 

 

Washy Wash! And Other Healthy Habits (Sesame Street) by Random House

 

Sesame Street’s Elmo, Big Bird, and their friends share fun rhyming rules for washing hands, social distancing, and staying healthy in this engaging board book featuring the lyrics to the Washy Wash song from the popular video!

 

Elmo, Big Bird, and their Sesame Street friends know that good hygiene is more important than ever now. This rhyming board book features fun ways for young girls and boys to stay healthy. From the right way to wash your hands–including the lyrics to the Sesame Street Washy Wash song from the popular video!–to leaving six feet between you and others, kids will learn that “The best way to take care of others is to take care of YOU!”

 

 

 

C Is for Country by Lil Nas X

 

Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style. 

 

Featuring bold, bright art from Theodore Taylor III, with plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’s biggest fans, C Is for Country is a celebration of song and the power inside us all.

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