10 New Picture Books for 2019
There's nothing we love more in January than looking ahead to the new picture books that will engage and entertain our little ones over the next 12 months. Whether you have a baby who loves touchy-feely stories or an older child looking to make sense of the world, there are picture books to fascinate, inform and delight all ages. Here's a selection of some that we just can't wait to see hit our shelves!
If your little one loves a game of peekaboo, Peek-a-Baby: Ocean by debut author-illustrator Mike Orodan is sure to go down a treat! Its layered flaps are big enough for small hands to manoeuvre and children will love helping the animals find their precious babies who are hiding across its beautiful pages.
We can hardly believe it but the world's most-loved patchwork elephant turns 30 this year! To celebrate his big birthday, a beautiful collector's edition of Elmer featuring a foiled and embossed cover will be released in May - look out for extra special Elmer Day celebrations later that month too!
For those of you expecting a summer baby, Spots and Stripes by Mojca Dolinar (main image) looks delightful. We're huge fans of Dolinar's Funny Faces and this bright, high-contrast book featuring silly animals looks just as fun. Babies will love to touch and feel the shiny, bumpy features and the focus on bold patterns is great for the development of vision. There's also touchy-feely fun to be had in the tropical new addition to Usborne's That's Not My series this June. That's Not my Flamingo marks the 20th anniversary of this award-winning series and babies and toddlers will love the fuzzy tails, fluffy bodies and soft wings that await in this latest title.
And finally, if you loved Luna Loves Library Day as much as we did, you'll be excited to hear that Joseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers have a new picture book out this October. The Hairdo That Got Away tells the tale of a dad and his son who visit the barbers every month. But when dad disappears, the young boy's hair, and emotions, get out of control. A sweet story about family separation from a child's perspective, this will be a great talking point for all families - not just those dealing with a family break-up.
These are just a handful of the fantastic books that will be hitting bookshelves in libraries and bookshops across the UK this year. Keep an eye on the Bookbug blog for more recommendations throughout 2019, as well as your chance to win books in our regular Book of the Month competition.