From Home, by Carson Ellis
March is National Reading Month, and we’ve rounded up five brand new 2015 children’s books that we can’t wait to squeeze onto our bookshelves. Fortunately for children’s book lovers like us, 2015 brings a big batch of superb additions to the world of contemporary picture books: imaginative text, clever illustrations, innovative design… Warning! You may find yourself giving in to those “just one more book” pleas!
Rhymoceros, by Janik Coat
Released March 3, 2015
This eye-catching, design-minded board book is the follow-up to Coat’s Hippopposites. The unlikely star – an adaptable blue rhinoceros – obligingly wears many different hats (etc.) to demonstrate 16 sets of rhyming words. Featuring: gold leaf! embossing! humor!
This is Sadie, by Sara O’Leary with illustrations by Julie Morstad
Released May 12, 2015
Do you know any little children with big imaginations? They’ll be thrilled to meet Sadie, a small girl with a great, big, sparkling imagination. The whimsy of the text is matched perfectly with Morstad’s dreamy, gentle illustrations. The perfect book to read before drifting off to sweet dreams…
Home, by Carson Ellis
Released February 24, 2015
We have a bit of a crush on Ellis and her endlessly creative illustration work, and the release of her first solo picture book has us dancing with joy. In Home she answers the question of where different people live with an earth-hued color palette and so many details that Littles and Bigs alike will pour over each page again and again.
Outstanding in the Rain by Frank Viva
Released April 14, 2015
We loved Along a Long Road and A Long Way Away for the delightfully graphic design they brought to children’s books, and contemporary author-illustrator Viva is at it again with his latest modern picture book. A little boy spends his birthday at Coney Island, and readers will spend story-time excitedly flipping pages as Viva uses die-cuts and ingenuity to transform words and pictures.
Beautiful Birds by Jean Roussen with illustrations by Emmanuelle Walker
Released April 7, 2015
Airy poetry, jewel-toned illustrations, and an alphabet of winged friends flock together in Beautiful Birds. For a child fascinated with the natural world, this book will be a special treat, to be pulled out and studied on rainy afternoons or before bedtime.