We have the timely The Hospital Dog by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, the creators behind bestselling picture book, Detective Dog from Pan Macmillan as a January lead. Previously on Netgalley, receiving 5/5 stars from all three reviewers — they all loved the fun rhyming style, great for reading out loud! Also from Pan Macmillan is Monster Doctor by John Kelly, this is the first in the Monster Doctor series.
Coming from Enchanted Lion, The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars by Isabelle Marinov and illustrated by Deborah Marcero is very beautiful and the refrain that is repeated four times and will be stamped in silver foil (which will look great against the night sky!).
Don’t forget about The ABC’s of Hip-Hop by Rebel Diaz and illustrated by graffiti artist Hector Nazario AKA Nicer from Haymarket Books. We’ve had relative success with the two previous kids hip-hop books from Akashic and Lesser Gods a couple years ago.
In February, What You Don’t Know by Anastasia Higginbotham is a lead. The book addresses LGBTQ+ identity in the author’s iconic straightforward and sensitive style. Also releasing next month is The Snail with the Right Heart, a debut picture book by Brain Pickings creator Maria Popova and illustrated by Ping Zhu. Beautifully illustrated nonfiction that’s about science, chance, biology, the cosmos, and sexuality.
As for the preview, we have a few middle grade adventure novels from Barrington Stoke, The Invasion of Crooked Oak by Dan Smith and illustrated by Chris King, World Burn Down by Steve Cole and illustrated by Oriol Vidal, and The Griffin Gate by Vashti Hardy and illustrated by Natalie Smillie all releasing this month.
From Blue Dot Press we have Seeking an Aurora from Canadian author Elizabeth Pulford and illustrated by Anne Bannock.
Next in the Yoga Animals series from Kane Miller, Yoga Animals at the Seashore by Christiane Kerr and Jason Hook and illustrated by Julia Green to get children ready to jump, stretch, balance, breathe, and relax. Something we all need these days!
We’ve included a middle grade novel from Ronsdale, Lost in Barkerville by Bitten Acherman set in historic BC’s Barkerville, about two boys trying to help their eccentric teacher who is accused of murder.
Where Wonder Grows by Xelena Gonzalez and illustrated by Adriana M Garcia published by Cincos Puntos Press and I Am a Tiger by Karl Newson and illustrated by Ross Collins published by Pan Macmillan have both garnered starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Group Weekly.