2021 Picture Book Previews Part Two

Back again, with another great round up of picture book covers from 2021. By about parts 3/4, I can usually sense trends for the next year. Right now, I’m sensing a strong trend for biographies of individuals with empowering stories, and frankly, a trend for what look to be really incredible books. Enjoy, and more soon!

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Exclusive Cover Reveal: LITTLE BAT in NIGHT SCHOOL by Brian Lies

Today I’m thrilled to share with you the cover of a new book by the beloved Caldecott-Honor winning author/illustrator, Brian Lies! Brian most recently showed us how grief can be so tenderly explored through The Rough Patch, which won a Caldecott honor; and also shared a beautiful tale of determination of furry friends who would not let a blizzard stop their venture to Bear’s house in Got to Get To Bear’s! 

But today, Brian’s bats- well, specifically, one bat, is back and is headed to night school! Here’s a little bit more from Brian….

The book, LITTLE BAT in NIGHT SCHOOL, is a sort of spin-off of my bat books, featuring the small bat with yellow floaties / water wings who appeared in all four of them, almost as an Easter egg—never speaking, never mentioned in the text. He’s always been a sort of “innocent eye” to me, and it seemed he ought to come forward with a story of his own.  Called LITTLE BAT in NIGHT SCHOOL, it’s for a slightly younger audience than my bat books, and ties in with social and emotional learning practices (though I see that as a layer, not the focus of the thing—I’m not a fan of “theme first” stories).  
Little Bat is eager for school to start—but when he arrives, he doesn’t find the classroom packed with bats, as expected—it’s raccoons, owlets, and a ferret who’s really into cephalopods.  Little Bat is excluded by the only two other bats there, who tell him “we’re already playing . . . with each other.”  Flying into a coat cubby to hide, he discovers it’s already occupied by an opossum named Ophelia, who’s also hesitant to join the rest of the class.  
Discovering their common feelings, they turn the experience around together and dive into a nighttime of activities, from counting (Little Bat’s “6” on paper looks right to him, but not to those who aren’t upside down) to show-and-tell, sharing food (“ Ophelia held something out.  ‘This is delicious—my Mama found it on the road.  Want some?’ “) to making art (Little Bat is crushed that someone else seems to be better at it than he is, until he’s reminded that “Practice makes . . . better”),  to using their imagination and working cooperatively when faced with the boredom of unstructured recess time. 
Are you ready??? Here it is…..
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You’ll have to wait until about a year from now to see the book, but the good news? You can already order from your favorite independent bookseller here. 
Thanks, Brian, for the honor of sharing the cover! I can’t wait to see more!

2021 Picture Book Previews Part One

Growing up, the day after Memorial Day was usually the “first day of summer” for my sisters and me. Parents back to work, house to ourselves, pool open … The possibilities were endless. And now, an adult in a strange place this year because nothing has gone as it should, today feels like any other day. Why not make it a bit special by kicking off the 2021 Picture Book Preview posts? That’s right, back once again with a fresh new line up of what I’ve gathered so far… And this is just the start! The past two years there have been a total of 17 or 18 preview posts of the picture book covers I’ve rounded up. Take that times 50-80 titles per post and you wind up with a bounty of new titles on the horizon. Here we go! Enjoy!

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2020 Picture Books Part 17

For many and various reasons, I haven’t been able to round them ALL up for 2020, but at some point a guy’s got to move on and divert his attention to the slew of 2021 covers popping up all over the place, right? So, without further ado, I present you the FINAL round up of 2020 Picture Books that I could find. Whew. The 2021 lists will begin in a few weeks. May looking through this list, and the 16 the preceded, present you with some sort of hope or joy that if anything, picture books will help ease the pains and uncertainties of this pandemic and this year.

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2020 Picture Book Previews Part 16

Well, friends, we’re starting to wind down… Part 17 will be the final installment of the 2020 picture book preview series, as I have already started a draft with about 25 covers from — 2021!!!— that I’ve come across in my sleuthing…. Meanwhile, enjoy all that is here for part 16 and I’ll be back soon with the final installment for 2020. It might be quite a year already with the pandemic, but it’s even more so quite a year for picture books! Enjoy!

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2020 Picture Book Previews Part 15

We could use a little pick me up, right? Well, I’ve waited far too long to release the next batch and so we’ve got quite a few titles below. Take your time scrolling and enjoy. Most, if not all, are available for pre-order from your favorite bookseller where you’ll probably be able to find release dates, blurbs, and more…. Enjoy!

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