ALA Midwinter 2019

What new 2019 Children’s Books are you reading?

Are you creating books lists (and reading piles) of new 2019 Children’s Books? Are you thinking about each book and how you can turn them into a new library program or storytime?  Below are new books that I can’t wait to read and share! (Highlighted at #alamw19)

Maybe Tomorrow?  by Charlotte Agell illustrated by Ana Ramírez González
“Elba has a big block. She’s been dragging it around for a long time. Norris dances everywhere he goes, even uphill. He is always surrounded by a happy cloud of butterflies. Can Norris and his butterflies help ease Elba’s sadness and convince her to join them on a trip to the ocean?” – March, 2019 – Scholastic Press.  (Learn more about the book here.)

Small World  by Ishta Mercurio Pictures by Jen Corace
“When Nanda is born, the whole of her world is the circle of her mother’s arms. But as she grows, the world grows too. It expands outward—from her family, to her friends, to the city, to the countryside. And as it expands, so does Nanda’s wonder in the underlying shapes and structures patterning it: cogs and wheels, fractals in snowflakes. Eventually, Nanda’s studies lead her to become an astronaut and see the small, round shape of Earth far away. A geometric meditation on wonder, Small World is a modern classic that expresses our big and small place in the vast universe”  July, 2019 Abrams Books for Young Readers.  Signing at #alamw19 Sunday, January 27th 9:00am-10:00am.  Full ALA Midwinter schedule here

Croc and Turtle! The Bestest Friends Ever!  by Mike Wohnoutka
“Meet Croc! He is the strongest and fastest crocodile around. Meet Turtle! He agrees that Croc is the strongest and fastest. But what happens when Elephant lifts that heavy rock with ease? And when Cheetah speeds on by? Croc and Turtle might not be the strongest or the fastest, but they’re definitely the best at something even more important . . . Introducing an utterly charming new duo, this humorous and heartwarming adventure will delight readers of all ages.”  February, 2019 – Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Another  by Christian Robinson
“In his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.
What if you…encountered another perspective? Discovered another world? Met another you? What might you do?” March, 2019 – Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

How To Read a Book  by Kwame Alexander Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
“In this beautiful picture book, Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet take us on a poetic and beautiful journey between the pages of a book.” June, 2019 – HarperCollins

I Have an Idea!  by Herve Tullet
“From one of the true creative geniuses of this generation comes a unique meditation on and celebration of the magic of the birth of a simple idea. Sparkling with visual wit and bubbling with imagination, this is a richly emotional exploration of the creative process: from an initial tentative inkling, to the frustration of chasing the wrong notion, to finally the exhilaration of capturing—and nurturing—just the right idea. I Have an Idea! is a scrumptious cloth-spined package of color and inspiration equally at home on a child’s bookshelf, in a new graduate’s backpack, or atop a creative’s desk.” – March, 2019 – Chronicle Books.  (So many program ideas with Tullet’s new book, I Have an Idea!)

Mock Geisel books photo by Paige

Will your favorite 2018 book be announced at the ALA Youth Media Awards on Monday, January 28th?  As I review all of my favorites, I wonder if any of the books from our library’s Mock Geisel will be one of the real Geisel Award books?  Make sure to explore the ALSC Blog 2019 Mock Election Results and stream the Youth Media Awards live! Explore the Notable Children’s Discussion schedule and book list at #alamw19 and the Book Buzz Theater Schedule here.

See you at #alamw19! Maybe at Café Ladro drinking a Hot Chocolate, Top Pot Donuts reading one of your new books or Macrina Bakery flipping through your session notes.

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