Animals that Shouldn’t Wear Clothes, a Part-Time Mermaid, & a Tribute to Gloria Steinem: and 7 More New Picture Books We Love

March is almost over, but there are lots more fantastic books cropping up like crocuses. It’s still pretty cold outside, so you have the perfect excuse to snuggle up with a kid or two and read something fun together. Here are ten more picture books we’re excited about this season!

Baby Panda Chews Bamboo, by Ben Richmond
Follow along as a newborn, pink, nearly hairless panda baby grows into a fuzzy, bamboo chewing cub. Informative without being dry, readers will learn all about a panda’s first year of life. The intimate, enormous photos in this book make it feel like you’re almost hanging out with real pandas. Almost. And that’s the closest I’m probably going to get.

Harriet Gets Carried Away, by Jessie Sima
Instructed not to get carried away, costume-loving Harriet does just that while looking for hats for her costume party. While her dads shop for cold cuts, Harriet gets distracted by penguins, transported by hot air balloon, hitches a ride on an orca, loses her bow tie, and is flown home by pigeons. This sprightly book features energetic illustrations that keep the reader moving alongside its adorable heroine, Harriet. I’m planning my daughter’s next birthday party based solely on this book.

Honey, by David Ezra Stein
Ever go to bed, sleep for a long time, and wake up with the unshakable thought that you absolutely must eat something very specific? For me, it’s often a 6 foot sub. Upon waking from his hibernatory snooze, Bear can only think of one thing: honey. Unfortunately, it’s not time for honey, yet. Wait it out with Bear as he finds numerous ways to keep himself busy, and distracted, until the bees are done.

Part-time Mermaid, by Deborah Underwood and Cambria Evans
A girl by day, with frustrating rules and a little brother who follows her everywhere, the narrator of this book becomes a mermaid at the stroke of midnight! With her powerful tail, kind otter friends, and a mysterious, helpful merboy, no sea adventure is too deep. There are ships to rescue, sea-witches to outwit, and hey…where did that land-loving merboy go?

Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse, by Laura Sassi and Rebecca Gerlings
Delores desires to be a opera diva and she is finally getting her big chance. Fernando, the opera house mouse, loves his job and the music he hears even more than he loves cheese. He offers his services to the singing seal, but she is too proud to accept his help and suffers accordingly. Undeterred, Fernando comes to the rescue again and again, though Delores remains stubbornly ungrateful. Will she learn some manners in time to save her career?

A Bear Sat on My Porch Today, by Jane Yolen and Rilla Alexander
Oh, the perils of home ownership! Sometimes you’re just sitting on your porch, enjoying the weather, when a bear comes and wants to linger. Well, that’s bad, but it gets worse: a squirrel, a skunk, a possum family, and others come to join the porch party. And then, inevitably, a moose will arrive, and won’t leave. And then, when a blue jay lands on the porch and causes the whole thing to collapse, is he going to stick around to help with repairs? Of course not. Still, when you see how helpful the rest of the menagerie can be, and how much fun you’re having, you’ll have no problem making them lunch and inviting them to stay.

What’s on Your Plate?: Exploring the World of Food, by Whitney Stewart and Christiane Engel
An entertaining and educational look at the history behind what people eat in different parts of the world, What’s on Your Plate?…combines colorful maps, playful illustrations, and photographs to create an engaging book about food culture. Recipes for the favorite foods of the inhabitants of fourteen countries are featured throughout the pages, allowing kids to try them at home and fostering a love for discovering exciting new things to eat.

Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem—Feminist, Activist, Leader, by Aura Lewis
Even as a child, Gloria Steinem saw the expectations for women and men were different, and thought it was unfair that her mother didn’t get to pursue her professional dreams. In Gloria’s Voice… we follow Gloria from her childhood caring for her ailing mother, through her travels in India, to her journalistic beginnings and the creation of Ms. Magazine. This stylishly illustrated biography is a loving tribute to the iconic feminist activist. Gloria Steinem’s strength, triumphs, and positivity are presented in a beautiful way sure to inspire readers to follow their own dreams.

Lots More Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett
It’s sad, isn’t it, how much animals want to wear clothing? But they shouldn’t! They really, really shouldn’t. This book, the sequel to Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, presents the evidence for exactly why each animal should definitely not be wearing clothes. With straightforward explanations (“because it would overwhelm a caterpillar”) and uproarious illustrations (thousands of socks pouring out of a dryer), Lots More… is a silly book sure to provoke laughs among children. Animals will not find it at all amusing.

Who Was That?, by Olivier Tallec
My daughter can’t get enough of this book, which is too bad, because I’m terrible at it. Part book, part game, Who Was That? features adorable creatures and instructions and asks you to answer questions based on remembering details from the previous page that you weren’t instructed to pay attention to in the first place. I can’t remember what I’m wearing right now, and I’m looking in the mirror. Still, the book is a lot of fun, especially when you’re a kid with a terrific memory.

What books are you excited to read this spring?

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