New and Noteworthy Picture Books: May 2021

May 14, 2021 | Pat

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Woman and toddler reading a book together

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 have just hit our shelves. Additionally, all are available as ebooks.


What's Inside a Flower
What's Inside a Flower? by Rachel Ignotofsky (ages 4-7)

How do flowers grow? Why do plants bloom? Here's a chance for young readers to explore and find out.


How to Build an Insect
How to Build an Insect by Roberta Gibson, illustrated by Anne Lambelet (ages 5-9)

Crawling, flying, hopping, wriggling!  Expert descriptions and detailed illustrations show how fascinating insects can be.  Especially when you see how all the different parts fit together. Note the eBook version of this allows simultaneous loans, so no holds to wait for! 


We are the Gardeners
We are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines and Kids, illustrated by Julianna Swaney (ages 4-8)

A garden can mean lots of hard work, obstacles to overcome, satisfaction and occasional outright failures. The Gaines family describe the lessons they learned and how their plot became a success. 


These next two books celebrate our human link to trees and nature with gorgeous illustrations and lyrical texts. Each beautiful and special in their own way. Both are for ages 4-8.

Be a Tree 

Be a Tree! by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Felicita Sala


The Tree in Me

The Tree in Me by Corinna Luyken


Previous New and Noteworthy book recommendations from this year:


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