10 New Picture Books for 2019

Cover of Spots and Stripes
Category: Bookbug

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!


Big horse and little horse
We love picture books with a strong message and this February is full of them! What Matters Most by Emma Dodd questions whether it's important to have lots of friends or just two or three, or whether it's better to be very big or super-small. As well as its beautiful illustrations, it looks like a perfect book to start important conversations about identity and values with children. On a completely different note, #Goldilocks reflects on the potential pitfalls of trying to raise your social media profile. From the brilliant pairing of Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, this fairytale for the digital age may be slightly advanced for young children, but the combination of brilliant rhyme and fun illustrations make it a treat for the whole family. And finally for February, Pip and the Bamboo Path tells the tale of two red pandas - Pip and her mum - who embark on an adventure to find a new home. Highlighting the plight of animals who have lost their home to deforestation, this tale of determination sends an important environmental message to all children.


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!

Elmer patchwork elephant

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.

Loch Ness Monster and Castle
If you have a wee one who loves non-fiction books, look out for an exciting collaboration between Scottish publisher, Kelpies, and Historic Scotland this Spring. Little Explorers: Scottish Castles is full of historical facts about some of Scotland's most famous castles, as well as interactive features to keep little hands busy. For slightly older children, Britta Teckentrup's There are Bugs Everywhere explores the weird and wonderful world of grasshoppers, moths and all things creepy crawly! Discover where insects can be found - some of them closer to home than you think - in the second in the series of Teckentrup's non-fiction books for children.


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.

Happy reading!