Must-Have Picture Books of 2023

Is there anything cozier than gathering at the fireplace or settling into bed for story time? Grab one of these fantastic picture books to make your next bedtime story even more special!

Winter: A Solstice Story (The Solstice Series) By Kelsey E. Gross, Renata Liwska (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kelsey E. Gross, Renata Liwska (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665908139
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 10th, 2023

From debut author Kelsey Gross and New York Times bestselling artist Renata Liwska comes a gentle and lulling picture book celebrating the magic of the Winter Solstice with a group of animal friends in a quiet forest.

Tonight is the longest night of the year—solstice is here! Deep in the forest, the dark, cold, and quiet of winter is all around.


Something, Someday By Amanda Gorman, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593203255
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2023

The stunning new picture book by presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Christian Robinson

You’re told that
This won’t work,
But how will you know
If you never try?


This Book Is Banned By Raj Haldar, Julia Patton (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Raj Haldar, Julia Patton (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781728276564
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Published: Sourcebooks Explore - September 26th, 2023

From #1 New York Times bestselling author of P Is for Pterodactyl Raj Haldar comes a silly and irreverent new picture book all about sharing ideas

This is a book about dinosaurs. No it's not. Dinosaurs are not allowed.

Oh. This is now a book about avocados! Sorry. We deleted those too.


The Big Cheese (The Food Group) By Jory John, Pete Oswald (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jory John, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063329508
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Published: HarperCollins - November 7th, 2023

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Don’t miss the seventh picture book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Food Group series from Jory John and Pete Oswald!


Lila Greer, Teacher of the Year (The Questioneers) By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419769047
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 7th, 2023

From the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of Ada Twist, Scientist and Rosie Revere, Engineer comes the story of the very first Questioneer: Lila Greer, Teacher of the Year!


Masala Chai, Fast and Slow By Rajani LaRocca, Neha Rawat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rajani LaRocca, Neha Rawat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536219401
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Published: Candlewick - September 5th, 2023

Newbery Honoree Rajani LaRocca, author of I’ll Go and Come Back, turns her focus to a careful, deliberate grandfather and his impatient grandson in a cozy family story featuring a recipe for spiced chai.


Pa, Me, and Our Sidewalk Pantry: A Picture Book By Toni Buzzeo, Zara González Hoang (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Toni Buzzeo, Zara González Hoang (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419749377
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - July 11th, 2023

A kind and generous grandparent-grandchild duo nourishes their neighborhood in this full-color picture book from New York Times bestselling author Toni Buzzeo and illustrator Zara González Hoang.
 
Pa and his grandchild, Jelly Bean, have a sidewalk library filled with stories. Anyone can bring donations or take something to read.


Jan Brett's The Nutcracker By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)
$18.99
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780593109823
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - November 16th, 2021

Jan Brett's striking illustrations and the Christmas classic The Nutcracker are a match made in picture book heaven.

When Marie and her brother Fritz receive a special Christmas nutcracker from their uncle, Marie immediately feels something magical. "He looks like a real boy," she mused. "A real boy with a secret, who came from far away."


There Was a Party for Langston: (Caldecott Honor & Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor) By Jason Reynolds, Jerome Pumphrey (Illustrator), Jarrett Pumphrey (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Jerome Pumphrey (Illustrator), Jarrett Pumphrey (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534439443
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 3rd, 2023

A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jason Reynolds’s debut picture book is a snappy, joyous ode to Word King, literary genius, and glass-ceiling smasher Langston Hughes and the luminaries he inspired.

Back in the day, there was a heckuva party, a jam, for a word-m


The Imaginary Alphabet By Sylvie Daigneault Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781772782998
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Published: Pajama Press - August 22nd, 2023

"There's a prismatic intensity to Daigneault's pictures that gives them a giddy feel."--The Wall Street Journal, Closer Look Feature

Step inside the deliciously detailed pages of Sylvie Daigneault's The Imaginary Alphabet. You never know what you might discover


Hot Dog: (Winner of the 2023 Caldecott Medal) By Doug Salati Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593308431
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE 2023 CALDECOTT MEDAL • This glowing and playful picture book features an overheated—and overwhelmed—pup who finds his calm with some sea, sand, and fresh air. Destined to become a classic!


If I Was a Horse By Sophie Blackall Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316510981
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2023

INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER!​   ★ "Charming and whimsical visual surprises are found throughout the impeccably designed pages…An exquisite equine fantasy, this encourages imaginations to giddyup and run wild and free.”—Booklist, starred review
A gift for any child with an unbridled imagination, this bestseller from award-winning


Vlad, the Fabulous Vampire (The World of Gustavo) By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536233322
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2023

From the acclaimed author-illustrator of Gustavo, the Shy Ghost comes a charmingly spooky celebration of difference sure to resonate with parents and children alike.


Do You Remember? By Sydney Smith Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823442621
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Published: Neal Porter Books - October 3rd, 2023

From the author/artist of the multiple award-winning of Small in the City comes an innovative and moving look at memories, filtered through the mind of a child.

Can you hear the morning wind in the trees?
Can you feel the snowflakes landing on your wrist?
Can you taste the sweetness of the warm berries?


The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536223361
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Published: Candlewick - July 11th, 2023

A #1 New York Times bestseller!
A Kirkus Book Prize Finalist!
A New York Times Best Children’s Chapter Book the Year
A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of the Year

Caldecott Medalist and New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Jon Klassen delivers a deliciously macabre treat for folktale fans.


Flat Cat By Tara Lazar, Pete Oswald (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tara Lazar, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593404577
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Published: Flamingo Books - September 19th, 2023

*"This amusing picture book is fun for reading aloud." --Booklist (starred review)

From Pete Oswald, New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Bad Seed series, and Tara Lazar, critically acclaimed author of 7 Ate 9, comes Flat Cat, the story of a cool cat who learns that sometimes life is about finding the best of both worlds.


The Artivist By Nikkolas Smith Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593619650
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Published: Kokila - September 5th, 2023

An inspiring picture book about how children can combine art and activism in their daily lives.

"They say I'm an artist. They say I'm an activist."


Harlem at Four By Michael Datcher, Frank Morrison (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michael Datcher, Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593429334
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Published: Random House Studio - September 19th, 2023

A stunning picture book comprising two incredible stories—the first part chronicles the adventures of a four-year-old Black girl named Harlem, while the second part describes the history of Harlem the neighborhood. From a New York Times bestselling author and a critically acclaimed illustrator.


Wonderful Seasons By Emily Winfield Martin Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593376355
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2023

Celebrate the seasons with this original board book by Emily Winfield Martin--perfect for baby showers and fans of the New York Times Bestseller, The Wonderful Things You Will Be!


Mole Is Not Alone By Maya Tatsukawa, Maya Tatsukawa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maya Tatsukawa, Maya Tatsukawa (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250869647
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 3rd, 2023

In this cozy picture book about friendship, Mole anxiously decides to journey through underground tunnels to attend a party.