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The Most Exciting Picture Books Coming in 2022

by Rosemary D'Urso

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Mark your calendar because you won’t want to miss these incredible new picture books coming in 2022! These books entertain and engage young readers, inspire them to be their best selves, and take an active role in making the world a better place. With themes of justice, community, and self-confidence combined with gorgeous illustrations and uplifting words, these upcoming stories are powerful and essential.

  • Daddy Speaks Love

    by Leah Henderson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

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    This tender tale uses lush watercolors and simple, sincere text to explore the special bond between a father and a child. The message that a father’s words and actions can bring joy to everyday moments, teach about the past, and create a better tomorrow makes this an excellent choice for Father’s Day and all year long.

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  • There’s a Unicorn in Your Book

    by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott

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    Unicorn lovers will rejoice that this brilliant bestselling series now features their favorite mythical creature! Children can engage with the book by performing tasks to help Unicorn rid the story of worry gremlins. Readers will not only enjoy an entertaining tale but also receive an essential lesson about expressing emotions.

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  • The Year We Learned to Fly

    by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López

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    The team behind The Day You Begin is back with another extraordinary story destined to become a classic. Lush illustrations and lyrical language follow two children whose grandmother teaches them how their ancestors used their “beautiful and brilliant minds” to lift themselves out of hard times and how they can do the same with their imaginations.

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  • Crowned with Glory

    by Dorena Williamson, illustrated by Shellene Rodney

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    A young girl’s confidence is palpable in this empowering story! Flowing rhymes reveal the beauty, resilience, and hope the girl feels as she encourages others to celebrate their unique selves. The rousing nature of this book makes it a fantastic choice to share with a loved one.

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  • Just Help!

    by Sonia Sotomayor, illustrated by Angela Dominguez

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    With the question, “Who will you help today?” Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor inspires readers to actively support their community. Her story provides a snapshot of the life of a young girl who, along with her friends, demonstrates various ways to make a positive impact.

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  • Justice Is…

    by Preet Bhara, illustrated by Sue Cornelison

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    This robust book helps readers understand the complex idea of justice using beautifully realistic illustrations and child-friendly language. It highlights historical moments and leaders who fought for the rights of others. This valuable book will resonate with a variety of ages.

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  • How to Welcome a New Baby

    by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish

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    Acclimating to a new sibling is easier with this delightful story starring a big sibling who shares valuable tips on welcoming a baby to your family. With just the right amount of humor and guidance, this book is a perfect gift for families expecting a new baby!

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  • Hey You!

    by Dapo Adeola

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    Nineteen talented artists lift their voices in a beautiful harmony of empowerment in this sweet story celebrating children of color. With its powerful words and message of hope for the future, this gorgeous book will become a favorite gift for baby showers and new parents.

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  • I am Malala Yousafzai

    by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

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    Readers will cheer for the courageous Malala Yousafzai as they learn how she fought for women’s rights and became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history. With its engaging format, including cartoony illustrations, a timeline, relatable childhood moments, and emphasis on character traits, this inviting biography series is an excellent way for children to learn about respected and renowned figures.

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  • Everything Will Be OK

    by Anna Dewdney, illustrated by Judy Schachner

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    Little Rabbit is having a bad day, but a friend reminds him that while things may not always go his way, it will be okay in the end. Gentle rhymes and the comforting storyline give this book a cozy tone, making it a perfect read-aloud while snuggling with a loved one.

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  • Forest

    by Brendan Kearney

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    Fisherman Finn and his dog, Skip, are out enjoying the beautiful rainforests of central America, when they discover that a lot of the trees seem to be missing. The next morning, they wake up to find several animals in their camp looking for food. Finn and Skip start to wonder what is going on and set off to uncover the truth. This lighthearted story with an important message is a wonderful introduction for little readers on the devastating effects of deforestation and how they can work to protect the environment around them.

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  • Anansi and the Golden Pot

    by Taiye Selasi, illustrated by Moretiola Tinuke Fagborun

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    This vibrant picture book brings the West African story of Anansi—the beloved mischievous spider—to life, in this modern retelling. Kweku has grown up hearing stories of Anansi the spider, and because he can sometimes get himself into trouble, has earned himself the nickname Anansi too. One day the boy and spider meet and find a magical pot that can be filled with whatever they want. The boy Anansi fills the pot with his favorite stew. But instead of sharing this wonderful gift, he eats until he feels sick. This book is an important lesson on greed and being kind to others.

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  • People Are Wild

    by Margaux Meganck

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    This unique tale follows an assortment of animals as they observe humans. With its unusual perspective, this delightful story can spark a thought-provoking conversation on point-of-view.

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  • She Persisted in Science

    by Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

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    My family loves this picture book series that introduces readers to a variety of diverse trailblazers! In the newest installment, children learn about sixteen remarkable women who broke barriers in their scientific fields and changed the world.

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  • Why Not You?

    by Ciara and Russell Wilson with JaNay Brown-Wood, illustrated by Jessica Gibson

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    Emboldening text encourages children to follow their dreams in this uplifting new story from celebrity popstar Ciara and pro quarterback Russell Wilson. With its inclusive illustrations and affirming words, little readers will be ready to conquer any obstacle that comes their way.

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  • A Gift for Nana

    by Lane Smith

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    Lush illustrations adorn the pages of this endearing tale about a bunny searching for the perfect gift for his grandmother. Readers will love following Rabbit on his quest and relish in the heartfelt ending.

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  • I’m Not Scared, You’re Scared

    by Seth Meyers, illustrated by Rob Sayegh Jr.

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    Opposites attract in this hysterical new friendship story. Bear may be afraid of everything, but his friend Rabbit is brave and ready for adventure. Readers will root for Bear as Rabbit helps him face his fears and try new things!

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  • There’s a Rock Concert in My Bedroom

    by Kevin Jonas and Danielle Jonas, illustrated by Courtney Dawson

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    Clever onomatopoeia fills the pages of this charming story. Emma loves music and especially enjoys dance parties with her family. When she decides to perform in the school talent show, she worries she may not be a good enough musician to play. With help from her adoring family, she overcomes her stage fright and gains the confidence to rock any challenge that comes her way.

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  • The Velveteen Rabbit

    by Margery Williams, illustrated by Erin Stead

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    The enchanting tale of The Velveteen Rabbit gets a beautiful makeover in this special edition celebrating the classic book’s 100th anniversary. The gorgeous illustrations by award-winning illustrator Erin Stead have a vintage feel that enriches this tender and timeless story about a stuffed animal who longs to be real.

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  • Princess Charming

    by Zibby Owens, illustrated by Holly Hatam

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    Young Princess Charming worries she can’t live up to her expectations of perfection in this upbeat new story. Though she tries several activities, she ultimately discovers that instead of focusing on being flawless, it’s better to concentrate on being herself.

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  • Double Puppy Trouble

    by Danica McKellar, illustrated by Josée Masse

    Essential math elements are effortlessly mixed into this playful story about a girl who wants the most out of life. When Moxie finds a magic stick that can duplicate anything, comical hijinks ensue with a valuable lesson: sometimes, less is more!

    (On sale: 7/26/2022)