These are the picture books I am excited for the release of over the next few months.
JuneRed Knit Cap Girl (June 5, 2012)
I love this little red mushroom girl and her adorable rabbit sidekick, which reminds me of another rabbit sidekick (in Larf).
The Stone Hatchlings (June 19, 2012), written by Sarah Tsiang and illustrated by Qin Leng (A Flock of Shoes and Dogs Don't Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know)
A small girl adopts pet rocks as unhatched birds. (Canadian)
JulyJack and the Baked Beanstalk (July 10, 2012) by Colin Stimpson
A modern twist on Jack and the Beanstalk. Take a look at the gorgeous illustrations on Colin Stimpson's blog, I bet you'll want a copy as much as I do.
AugustMaggie's Chopsticks (August 1, 2012), written by Alan Woo and illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Not just a story about learning to use chopsticks, but also about learning about one's place in the family and the world. (Canadian)
The Tooth Mouse, (August 1, 2012), written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Janice Nadeau
Meet an adorable candidate for the position of France's version of the tooth fairy. (Canadian)
Mr. Zinger's Hat (August 14, 2012), written by Cary Fagan and illustrated by Dusan Petricic
This seems to be a kind of meta-picture book that has really intrigued me.
Bananas in My Ears (August 29, 2012), written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Quentin Blake.
Anything with Michael Rosen's name is guaranteed to make my kids laugh. Plus the living legend Quentin Blake? There is no change anything could go wrong with this.
Because Amelia Smiled (September 11, 2012), written by David Ezra Stein (Interrupting Chicken)
A round-the-world journey that explores how a single kind act can have a huge impact.
Ganesha's Sweet Tooth (September 19, 2012), written by Emily Haynes and illustrated by Sanjay Patel
I love the mix of the traditional motifs with modern colour and style on this cover.
OctoberStuck with the Blooz (October 2, 2012), written by Caron Levis and illustrated by Jon Davis
An adorable monster that brings the grumps. I can't wait to find out how to banish it.
Oddrey (October 16, 2012) by Dave Whamond
I have a friend who named her child Audrey, and this gets the oddest spellings for a reason unfathomable to me. I need to read this on her behalf.
What picture books are you excited for? Are there any other books you are eagerly anticipating?