Happy New Year! It’s officially 2021, and we can’t wait to kick off the new year with some amazing new titles from Peachtree! Say hello to adorable new picture book characters, board books you’ll love sharing with the littlest bookworms, fascinating nonfiction from Suzanne Slade, and more. So start your new year of reading with something for bookworms of every age!
New Board Books
Perfect for the littlest bug buffs, this board book offers a first glimpse into the natural world of insects. From award-winning educator and author Cathryn Sill and noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, this new addition to the Discovering Nature series is sure to delight the earliest learners and their parents.
Everyone’s favorite hard-working hamster is packing his lunchbox for a very important picnic. Join Stanley as he visits his local market to shop for items to pack in his lunch box. He’ll get bread from Gabriel, cheese from Hattie, and fruit from George. Hmmm… What will Stanley make for his lunch? An early introduction to food vocabulary and variety, this board book from author-illustrator William Bee will appeal to Stanley’s youngest fans.
Stanley the hamster is teaming up with friends to introduce young readers to basic toys and their uses. Join Stanley at the park where he and his friends explore and play with all the toys in his toy box. They bounce balls, sail toy boats, and fly kites. What else is in Stanley’s toy box? William Bee‘s early introduction to toy vocabulary and object identification will delight board book and Stanley fans alike.
New Picture Books
Award-winning author-illustrator Susan Stockdale welcomes you to the Bird Show, showcasing nature’s most dazzling colors and diverse patterns. Birds may be one color or many. They may be simple and solid or speckled, striped, or spotted. But just like people, each one contributes to our beautiful world, made more vibrant by their diversity. Ornithologists of all ages will marvel at the the fashion show in this colorful picture book that brings these creatures, both familiar and exotic, to life with remarkable portraits and energetic, rhyming text. An afterword provides more information about each species and offers an entertaining pattern matching game.
Rabbit is happy doing his own thing, and he doesn’t want to listen to anyone else. Or so he thinks. Then, Mom makes a suggestion he simply can’t resist! Debut author-illustrator Marjoke Henrichs delivers a laugh-out-loud tale with Rabbit embodying every strong-willed child. Adult readers will recognize and empathize with parenting moments throughout, and a warm and loving twist at the end celebrates the joy of coming together again after a very contrary day.
Roland lives a quiet life, but sometimes he feels rather lonely. When Roland finds the perfect companion in Milton (Good listener! Enjoys music! Also alone!), he is overjoyed. But clues start popping up in the woods, suggesting someone else might be missing their best pine cone friend. Roland must decide if it’s worth leaving someone else in their loneliness to keep Milton in his life. In this sweet and moving picture book, debut author-illustrator Sandra Salsbury celebrates the transformative power of connection and the painful melancholy of loss. Endearingly classic illustrations bring a charming forest world to life.
“My daddies are amazing. They’re funny, kind, and smart.
And when they read me stories…exciting journeys start!”
Set off on a series of incredible adventures with an endearing family as the bedtime stories they read burst into colorful life. Together, the daddies and their little one battle dragons, dodge deadly dinosaurs, zoom to the moon, and explore the world in a hot air balloon, before winding down in a wonderfully cozy ending. From Own Voices author and illustrator team Gareth Peter and Garry Parsons, this gentle, yet whimsical story is a perfect read for LGBTQ+ and adoptive families.
Poor Perdu is all alone as he journeys from the countryside to the city in search of a home. The city is a big place when you are very small, but is it possible that someone is searching for a friend like Perdu? In his debut as both author and illustrator, Richard Jones (illustrator of The Snow Lion and Paper Planes) delivers a warmhearted and poignant story about loneliness, kindness, friendship, and finding a forever family. Classically gorgeous illustrations will have readers returning to its pages again and again.
A small boy has saved all his pocket money and visits the market with high expectations. When disaster strikes and he loses his money, he feels very devastated. But wait, what’s that? A Smile Shop? He could really do with a smile. What will happen if he goes in? Featuring charming, classic illustrations reminiscent of Maurice Sendak and Tomie dePaola, Satoshi Kitamura’s (Hat Tricks) The Smile Shop is an absorbing setting for readers to explore themes of independence, self-worth, and the effect of a smile shared between people.
Under the light of a silvery moon, Bear wanders into people town and discovers a springy thing, a bouncy thing—a sit-on-it, jump-on-it thing! This Thingity-Jig is too heavy to carry home by himself, so Bear runs back to the woods and asks for help. Too bad for Bear, his friends are sleepy and shoo him away. So Bear invents a Rolly-Rumpity to wheel the Thingity-Jig home, but then it all gets stuck in the mud! How will Bear tackle this bump in the road? With a Lifty-Uppity, of course! Author Kathleen Doherty and illustrator Kristyna Litten perfectly blend inventive upcycling and STEAM elements with a delightful story in this wonderfully charismatic picture book.
For centuries, people have been intrigued by Mars, and over time, scientists have made exciting discoveries, such as the planet’s Earth-like weather and seasons. But curious earthlings want to know more. Does Mars have deserts? Volcanos? Or signs of life? Could people live there someday? Scientists decided to take a closer look. They built a powerful camera called the HiRise (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) and loaded it onto a rocket that began orbiting Mars. It sent back astounding, revealing photos showing the world what Mars really is. With elegant spare prose, award-winning nonfiction author and former rocket engineer Suzanne Slade leads readers through some of these stunning photos taken by the most advanced camera ever sent to another planet. A visual feast for space enthusiasts and STEAM fans that will expand readers’ assumptions and understanding of Mars.