Spotlight On: New Picture Books

New Picture Books: These are picture books that are new to the library in the last year. These books are located on top of the short bookshelves in the children’s area. Each book either has a color dot or red tape on it that denotes that it is a new book.

Where’s Rodney? / Carmen Bogan

Rodney is that kid who just can’t sit still. He’s inside, but he wants to be outside. Outside is where Rodney always wants to be. Between school and home, there is a park. He knows all about that park. It’s that triangle-shaped place with the yellow grass and two benches where grown-ups sit around all day. Besides, his momma said to stay away from that park. When Rodney finally gets a chance to go to a real park, with plenty of room to run and climb and shout, and to just be himself, he will never be the same. (E BOGAN)

Mighty Moby / Barbara DaCosta

The classic tale of the hunt for Moby Dick, the whale, with a new twist. (E DACOSTA)



Stolen Words / Melanie Florence

A look at the intergenerational impact of Canada’s residential school system that separated Indigenous children from their families and the beautiful, healing relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. (E FLORENCE)


Snow Scene / Richard Jackson

A guessing game leads youngsters from winter to spring in this quiet tour de force. (E JACKSON)



I Am Life / Elisabeth Helland Larsen

Life is in all things; personified as an unassuming yet enchanting creature, Life visits flowers, animals, and humans with her gifts of energy and positivity. (E LARSEN)


Someone Like Me / Patricia MacLachlan

In this semi-autobiographical picture book, author Patricia MacLachlan relates what it might take to grow up to become a writer. (E MACLACHLAN)


Fowl Play / Travis Nichols

A team of animal sleuths is hired to solve the mystery of a broken window. (E NICHOLS)



A Different Pond / Bao Phi

As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father’s long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao’s father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam. (E PHI)

Mary McScary / R.L. Stine

Mary McScary loves to scare people, but nothing she thinks up seems to bother her cousin, Harry McScary–but Mary will not give up trying. (E STINE)


Professional Crocodile / Giovanna Zoboli

In this book without words, Mr. Crocodile gets up every morning and carefully gets ready for work–but just what is his job? (E ZOBOLI)


“Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books.” ~Ursula K. Le Guin

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