My Mommy Medicine by Edwidge Danticat; illustrated by Shannon WrightWhat it’s about: Whether she’s sick or just feeling “kind of gloomy,” the little girl in this book knows that her mommy can always help her feel better.
What happens: Sweetly realistic illustrations show mother and daughter sharing reassuring activities such as hugs, games, songs, warm drinks, and quiet moments.
Who it’s for: kids seeking comfort and caregivers hoping to provide it -- after all, what’s more comforting than sharing a story?
The Good Egg by Jory John; illustrated by Pete OswaldStarring: the only good egg in a carton full of rude, rowdy, misbehaving eggs.
What happens: Rescuing cats, helping the elderly, cleaning up after the other eggs’ outrageous pranks -- with so much to do, will the good egg crack under the pressure?
Kids might also like: The Bad Seed, a similarly silly yet heartfelt story about a very different character, created by the same author/illustrator duo.
Borrowing Bunnies: The Surprising True Tale of Fostering Rabbits by Cynthia Lord; illustrated by Hazel Mitchell; photographs by John BaldWhat it is: an easy-to-browse true story about how award-winning author Cynthia Lord fostered an entire family of pet rabbits.
What’s inside: a gentle, matter-of-fact narrative about the rehabilitation and growth of rabbits Benjamin, Peggoty, and their babies, as well as photographs, artwork, animal facts, and rabbit care tips.
Why kids might like it: We did mention that it’s packed with photos of baby bunnies, right?
Another by Christian RobinsonWhat it’s about: After a little girl discovers that a cat (who’s nearly identical to her own cat) has stolen her cat’s toy mouse and escaped through a portal, the girl gives chase, kicking off a playful, vibrantly colored exploration of parallel worlds.
Author buzz: This charming, wordless tale marks the solo debut of popular illustrator Christian Robinson.
For fans of: Mac Barnett’s Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.
Babysitter from Another Planet by Stephen SavageStarring: the new babysitter...she’s purple, she drives a spaceship, she can cook dinner with her eye-beams, and she knows all the most fun anti-gravity games. She might not be human, but she’s definitely not boring!
Art alert: Crisp, retro-modern illustrations, evocative of 1950s-era science fiction, add a note of nostalgia to this offbeat read.
Who it’s for: alien-obsessed Earthlings of all ages.
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jennifer Bryant; illustrated by Boris KulikovWhat it is: a dramatic, fascinating biography of young Louis Braille, the French inventor who, at age 15, perfected a raised-dot reading system that expanded access for blind people (such as Braille himself).
Don’t miss: the fact-filled pages at the end, which offer further details about Braille’s life, as well a Braille alphabet for those who may not be familiar.
Award buzz: winner of the 2017 Schneider Family Book Award.
Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman; illustrated by Amy June BatesFeaturing: Moshe Cotel, a kindly composer struggling to write a piece for an upcoming music competition; and Ketzel, a black-and-white kitten who creates music just by walking across Moshe’s piano keys.
Who it’s for: cat fanciers, as well as kids who enjoy warm, feel-good stories about human-animal friendships.
Award buzz: winner of the 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Award.
Little You by Richard Van Camp; illustrated by Julie FlettWhat it is: a spare yet joyful board book that uses poetry and distinctive, collage-style art to portray a family’s love for a new baby.
Want a taste? "You are life and breath adored. You are us and so much more. Little ember with growing light, feel our love as we hold you tight."
Award buzz: winner of the 2016 American Indian Youth Literature Award.
Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood; illustrated by Duncan TonatiuhWhat it's about: Bursting with onomatopoeia and ultra-stylized illustrations, this biography celebrates experimental musician Juan García Esquivel's innovative sound and outside-the-box attitude.
Who it's for: aspiring musicians and proud young eccentrics, who might also enjoy Chris Raschka's The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra.
Award buzz: honored in 2017 by the Pura Belpré Award.
Puddle by Hyewon YumWhat it’s about: Ugh! What could be more frustrating than being stuck inside on a rainy day? Nothing, if you're the little boy in this book. When his mom offers drawing supplies, he grumpily rejects the suggestion -- until Mom begins to draw his imaginary, rain-soaked hijinks.
Try this next: For more picture books about beating the drizzly doldrums, try Linda Ashman's Rain! or Daniel Miyares' Float.
Award buzz: winner of the 2016 Asian/Pacific American Literature Award.
Contact your librarian for more great books for ages 0-8!