Editors’ Picks: New Kids’ Books

Brief Thief

Written by Michael Escoffier, Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

This book involves a lizard running out of toilet paper. What child doesn’t love animals and potty humor? We predict this one is going to be a real winner.

Just Like My Papa

Written by Toni Buzzeo, Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

A perfect daddy-and-me read, this book about a baby lion who wants to be just like his father is great for reading aloud.

Nugget and Fang

Written by Tammi Sauer, Illustrated by Michael Slack

Who can resist a tale about a shark and a minnow that are best friends? When minnow Nugget starts school, he learns that he’s supposed to be afraid of sharks. His best shark friend, Fang, must earn his trust to save the friendship. It’s a premise we love.

A Big Guy Took My Ball!

Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems

A story about bullying set around a pig and an elephant who happen to be best friends. There’s just something so endearing about the big animal-little animal friendship!

Brady Needs a Nightlight


This book, about a bat who has an unlikely fear of the dark, is perfect for children with the same problem.

Editors’ Picks: New Kids’ Books

Elizabeth Street editors are all about reading. We’re also all about keeping on top of the upcoming selection of kids’ books before they hit stores. So many books for kids are beloved classics that we remember from childhood and many more are books produced by corporations like Disney featuring already-popular characters and cartoons. For these reasons, we think it’s important to remember to look for the cool new kids’ books that have incredible stories and illustration and are totally novel—in other words, the new classics. Here are five great books for kids that have just been released—or are coming to bookstores very soon. We’re so excited about these new kids’ books and we think you should be too! They all happen to be books involving animals, but that’s just a coincidence (we think). Flip through the slideshow to see our picks. —Hally Wolhandler