New and Noteworthy Picture Books: February 2020

February 6, 2020 | Pat

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Posted on behalf of Jesse, Children's Selection Team.

We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some picture books we are really excited about that will be hitting shelves soon.


Just Like Mama
Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan. Illustrated by Charnelle Pinkey Borrow. 2020. Ages 5-9.

Carol Olivia Clementine really misses her mom and dad but lives with a caregiver, Mama Rose. Mama Rose teaches Carol Olivia Clementine how to ride a bike, clean her room and tell time. Carol Olivia Clementine learns that Mama Rose is her home and that she’s “just like a mama.”


Brown Sugar Babe
Brown Sugar Babe by Charlotte Watson Sherman. Illustrated by Akem. 2020. Ages 4 – 8.

A little girl has doubts about the colour of her skin. Her mother shows her all of the beautiful things that are the colour brown, encouraging her child to love who she is, inside and out.


Bedtime for Sweet Creatures
Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. 2020. Ages 4-8.

It’s bedtime, but someone is not sleepy. Mommy needs the whole family to go to sleep, so she creates a menagerie of animals her little one can romp around the room with. From a bear, to a lion, to a snake and more until he is finally exhausted enough to sleep.


I Believe I Can
I Believe I Can by Grace Byers. Illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo. 2020. Ages 3-5. This tender-hearted book inspires children to love and believe in themselves, no matter their differences.


Brown Baby Lullaby
Brown Baby Lullaby by Tameka Fryer Brown. Illustrated by AG Ford. 2020. Ages 2-6.

This lullaby celebrates the family and their beautiful brown baby during their bedtime routine; playing, bath time, snuggles and sleeping.


Black is a Rainbow Color
Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes. 2020. Ages 3-7.

A child’s favourite colour is black, even though it is not in the rainbow. The colour black can be found in many things, but is also represented in important historical figures who changed history, who helped change the world and better their communities.


Cool Cuts
Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe. 2020. Ages 3 – 7.

This picture book celebrates the diversity of strong black boy haircuts; from mini twists to ‘fro-hawks & cornrows to curls. Promoting self-esteem and self-love letting everyone know that you are born to be awesome.


I Promise
I Promise by Catherine Hernandez. Illustrated by Cyrus Marcus Ware, 2019. Ages 3-8.

Every family is different, unique and they all come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and colours. One thing all families have in common is that every family starts with a sacred promise to love a child.


Other new and noteworthy titles; one non-fiction and one advanced picture book.

Oldest Student
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita L. Hubbard. Illustrated by Oge Mora, 2020. Ages 4-8.

In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. Her life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. Proving that with a lot of hard work, dedication and perseverance Mary Walker learned how to read at the age of 116.


Big Papa & the Time Machine
Big Papa and the Time Machine by Daniel Bernstrom. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. 2020. Ages 4-8.

This inter-generational story follows Big Papa taking his grandson in his 1952 Ford on a magical adventure through time. Big Papa shows him what it means to be brave, while touching on some important historical events in the African American experience.


Check out our previous New and Noteworthy Picture Book lists!