January’s Best New Kids Books

We’re kicking off 2019 with a reading frenzy (well, really it never stops) and here are a few of our favorites, hot off the presses! Before the month is out, be sure and check out them out.

Feelings: A Pull-and-Play Book

Chronicle Books

Anyone with a toddler knows that they experience some big feelings, sometimes all in a span of five minutes! Turn to this book by Alice Le Henand and illustrated by Thierry Bedouet to explore all the emotions and feelings toddlers experience. They'll identify with Little Crocodile's sadness and Little Bear's fearfulness, as your kids pull the tabs in and out to bring these animals to life. 

Ages 0-3

Available at amazon.com for $11.59

Everything Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon

Snag this sweet story—just released in Jan. 2019—in board book format for your bestie who just had a baby, or grab a hardcover copy to giggle over together with your LO. Everything Is Mama, by Jimmy Fallon and Miguel Ordonez, features different animals teaching their own children that there are other words in the world. That is, other than mama. The perfect, adorable follow-up to Fallon's bestselling Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA

Ages: 1-3

Find a copy here, $6.91 

Touch and Explore Construction

For kiddos into everything dump truck, demolition and building, this book is a real winner. Each page focuses on one aspect of construction like setting up, building a road and demolition. The book explains what happens during each stage and it's peppered with cool tactile experiences like raised bumpy rubble and sticky surfaces where paint is "drying." 

Ages 3-5

Available at amazon.com

Where Birdie Lives

Clever Publishing

Interactive reading is taken to new heights in Where Birdie Lives, written and illustrated by Elena Tsvetaeva. Toddlers will love lifting the flaps on each page as the puppy tries to find out where Birdie actually lives. Is she under the leaf? How about hiding in the tree? Go along with puppy as he looks for Birdie high and low, lifting the flaps as you go. This story will incite curiosity and encourage your kids to interact with the book. Plus, we love the actual high quality of this large, easy-to-hold board book.

Ages 0+

Available at amazon.com

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA

Penguin Random House

Written by Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author Brenda Woods, The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA tells the story of a unique friendship between a young white boy and a black WWII veteran. Mr. Meriwether Hunter returns to Jim Crow South in 1946. When he saves little Gabriel’s life during a bike accident, Gabriel’s father offers Meriwether a job as a mechanic at their family garage. Gabriel and Meriwether form a friendship that endures in spite of the extreme prejudices in the world around them. A beautiful read. Available Jan. 8, 2019.

Ages: 10 and up

Get it here. $11.99

Bear Needs Help

This sweet and funny story about a little polar bear with his shoe untied is the perfect pick-me-up for when you are having one of those days. And it’s a great lesson, sure to invoke grins, for kids learning that it’s okay to ask for help. Because, like Bear, we all need a little help sometimes!  Available Jan. 22, 2019

Ages: 3-7

Get it here. $16.99

True Colors

Penguin Random House

Based on the infamous song by Cyndi Lauper, this little book is perfect for any age from 0-99. Since it's release in 1986 the song "True Colors" (written by Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly) has endured with the message of self-confidence and self-love. "Because your true colors are beautiful, like a rainbow!!" Beautifully illustrated by Sarah Walsh, it makes a great gift for anyone! 

Ages: 0-99

Out now! Order here, $7.99 hardcover

A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks

Books for Kids About Racism
Sterling Publishers

Celebrate the life and voice of poet Gwendolyn Brooks with this thoughtful story that combines both Brooks' legacy with her life story. Known for being one of the most foremost poets on the Black experience and the role of women in society, Gwendolyn Brooks went from a young child writing all the time to becoming the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize and authoring 20 books of poetry, two autobiographies and one novel. Celebrated author and children's librarian Alice Faye Duncan makes Brooks come to life on the page for the young reader. Available Jan. 1, 2019.  

Ages: 5 and up 

$16.95. Find a copy here

My Heart

Penguin Young Readers

You will likely remember author-illustrator Corinna Luyken’s Book of Mistakes from 2017, when it won Best Book of the Year by NPR, Huffington Post andThe Boston Globe. Corinna is back with My Heart, (Jan. 2018) a story that celebrates empathy and kindness. With gorgeous imagery throughout, young readers are taken through the story of the heart, and how it is sometimes a puddle of sadness and sometimes wide open to love. Another beautiful book that teaches children that’s it’s okay to be sad and scared—but that love always wins. Available Jan. 8, 2019. 

Ages: 4-8

Order from amazon, $12.75

Be a Good Sport, Charlie Brown

Simon & Schuster

Based on your favorite comic strip lineup, Be a Good Sport, Charlie Brown finds the Peanuts gang in a classic scenario: Charlie Brown’s team is losing the beginning baseball game of the season 63 to 0. But could there be something better to baseball than just winning? We’re pretty sure this sweet new book will be a home run reminder to never give up.  Available Jan. 22, 2019

Ages: 3-7

Order it here. $4.99

Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story

Inspired by the true story of Meghan Markle’s rescue dog, Guy and his journey from lost little beagle pup to Buckingham palace (and Queen Elizabeth’s frequent companion) this new picture book is the kind of royal rags-to-riches story we can really get behind. Available Jan. 8, 2019

Ages: 4-7

Find it here. $17.99

The Story Pirates Present: Digging Up Danger

Love the Story Pirates podcast? Then you’ll likely be as excited as we are to discover the new book in their written collection—The Story Pirates Present: Digging Up Danger. This new chapter book, inspired by a real kid’s idea, is both a spooky mystery and a creative writing guide for young writers. There’s a ghost hunting girl, a scientist mom who studies weird plants and the sudden disappearance of one of these plants...all the backdrop for a colorful romp in reading. Available Jan. 15, 2019.


Ages: 8-12

Get it here. $13.99


Ever have that feeling that you no longer click? Olive “clicks” with everyone in the 5th grade, until one day she doesn’t. She’s feeling left out panicky. This graphic novel about navigating friendship and learning to find your own way is a good reminder for kids and parents alike. Available Jan. 8, 2019.

Ages: 10-12

Buy it now. $8

The Big Book of Super Hero Bedtime Stories

Downtown Books

Wind down from your busy day with something a little different: The Big Book of Super Hero Bedtime Stories gives kiddos a glimpse into the night time routines of their favorite super heroes: does the Green Lantern act as his own night? Does Batman sleep upside down? Because after a day of fighting crime or working their day jobs, just like kids, even super heroes need a good night's sleep. Available Jan, 29. 
Ages: 4 and up 
Find a copy here. $16.99

—Amber Guetebier

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