I have long believed that one of the most fulfilling parts of parenthood is discovering a new book alongside my little ones. To flip the pages on a new read for the first time is to taste adventure in all its glory, whether we’re exploring new lands or meeting mythical creatures along the way. Books have guided us through tough times, too, helping my oldest navigate the rocky terrain of new sisterhood. They walked us through losing our beloved old cat and eased my youngest into life beyond diapers. In short, whenever we have needed guidance, comfort, or momentary escapism, my kids and I have always turned to our bookshelves first.
So there’s nothing quite as thrilling as flipping through the new releases from a publisher and getting a sneak peek at what’s coming down the pike. Each season, my girls and I delight at the potential picks we’ll cozy up with together.
Here are some of the picture books we can’t wait to add to our TBR pile, including two new titles from one of our favorite series, Little People, Big Dreams.
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I love a picture book that makes learning accessible and fun for even the youngest of children. The Little People Big Dreams series delivers yet again with its take on the true story of Marilyn Monroe. Through charming text and darling illustrations, young readers will meet Norma Jeane, the orphaned little girl who defied the odds and grew into an iconic movie star. In true Little People Big Dreams fashion, this story is part educational, part inspirational, and 100 percent entertaining.
The Quarto Group
Before she was the first Black woman and the first South Asian American to assume the vice presidency of the United States, Kamala Harris was a little girl growing up in a loving home in California. In this sweetly illustrated biography, young readers will see a bit of themselves in this smart kid—and find the inspiration they'll need to pursue dreams of their own. Like all the Little People Big Dreams books, this title shows our little ones what's possible when they believe in themselves.
Release Date: Sept. 1, 2021
Magic Candies has been dubbed "quirky" and "imaginative" by Kirkus Reviews, and we can't wait to get our hands on it. Translated from Korean, Baek's story follows a little boy who suddenly gains insight into what others are thinking and feeling.
Release Date: Sept. 7, 2021
This wordless story, brimming with artful and energetic illustrations, is the perfect pick for bringing in pre-readers to the page. When two sisters find a giant seed pod, they hop inside, only to be carried off on a grand imaginary adventure.
Release Date: Sept. 28, 2021
Let's all agree on this: Everything New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Emily Winfield Martin touches turns to gold. This fall, she's back with another perfectly rendered picture book, this time reflecting on the beauty in simplicity.
Release Date: Oct. 21, 2021
I'll admit, every time a publisher drops a story about Laika—the Russian dog hurtled into space—I pick it up immediately. But this one, with it's charming illustrations and beautiful back story showing the historical significance of her ride, is a must-read for sure.
Release Date: Oct. 26, 2021
For anyone who ever nursed a laughing-induced tummy ache reading Dragons Love Tacos (and really, who didn't?), here's another hilarious masterpiece from the same author. This time around, they're introducing readers to a plucky chicken named Gladys, who may or may not be granting wishes.
Release Date: Oct. 26, 2021
Need to encourage some flexibility in your little one? This might be just the book to do it. Full of colorful and engaging illustrations, The Creature of Habit follows a rigid rabbit-like being who has become very, very set in his ways.
Release Date: Nov. 2, 2021
I never miss a title from this New York Times bestselling duo Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. Once a science writer, Beaty has the precision and attention to detail to make any prose sing. And Roberts' fanciful illustrations are like candy on the page.
Release Date: Nov. 16 2021
We could all use a little joy these days, and this pocket-sized book from Magic Cat offers just that: 365 ways to stir up a bit of happiness each day. In its pages, kids will find noteworthy birthdays, activities, trivia, and more.
This post was in partnership with Little People, Big Dreams but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.