I love finding brand new books to share with you! It’s amazing how many new books were released this month. Check out these new books from February 2023!
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New Books February 2023
Moon’s Ramadan by Natasha Khan Kazi
Moon’s Ramadan captures the magic and meaning of one of the world’s most joyful and important celebrations.
It’s Ramadan, the month of peace, and Moon watches over Ramadan traditions with excitement and longing. In Egypt, India, Argentina and Dubai, in Somalia, New Zealand and Indonesia, in Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, children and their families do good deeds in honor of those who have less.
Cleverly blending the different countries’ celebrations with the corresponding phases of the moon, Moon’s Ramadan makes Ramadan, one of the world’s most widely celebrated traditions, accessible and exciting for all readers. Includes easy-to-understand back matter.
Once Upon a Book by Grace Lin
Once Upon a Book is a modern folktale about the joy of reading!
Alice loves to imagine herself in the magical pages of her favorite book. So when it flaps its pages and invites her in, she is swept away to a world of wonder and adventure, riding camels in the desert, swimming under the sea with colorful fish, floating in outer space, and more! But when her imaginative journey comes to an end, she yearns for the place she loves best of all.
In Every Life by Marla Frazee
The story, In Every Life is a simple and profound meditation on the many wonders of life. In every life, there is love and loss, hope and joy, wonder and mystery. With glowing art and spare, powerful text, it celebrates the moments, feelings, and experiences, both big and small, that make up a life.
Sometimes It’s Nice to Be Alone by Amy Hest
Sometimes It’s Nice to Be Alone is a celebration of the joy and comfort to be found in alone time and the joy and comfort that a friend can bring.
Anyone can become a potential friend—and that includes horses, whales, crocodiles, and even dinosaurs. It’s a complete treat for any lonely kid with a big imagination.
Bravo, Little Bird! by Annie Silvestro
Bravo, Little Bird! is a picture book about a special friendship between an old man and a little bird celebrates the power of music, family, and the legacies our loved ones leave behind.
From this moment on, Little Bird and the old man are inseparable. Together, they make music and share their gifts with their families. But over time, the old man starts to grow tired…until the day comes when his piano playing stops altogether. As Little Bird looks for a special way to honor the old man’s memory, she soon discovers that her friend isn’t truly gone after all—he lives on in their music.
Wild Blue: Taming a Big-Kid Bike by Dashka Slater
Kayla loves riding her pink pony, a three-wheeled bike, up and down the street, day after day. But then Daddy announces that it’s time for a big-kid bike, one with just two wheels. At the store, Kayla selects her mount, but when she tries to ride it, she is thrown—again and again. Can she tame this intimidating set of wheels? Or is the new blue bike just too wild?
Despite falls, bumps, and bruises, Kayla takes her time learning the ropes, until she finally has the confidence to let go of her fear, climb back on, and ride again. Her story will delight and reassure readers transitioning from trikes or training wheels and inspire them to manage setbacks with patience and creativity.
Ari Arranges Everything by Katie Vernon
The story, Ari Arranges Everything, will empower young children to let go of control and to embrace a little chaos in this delightful and humorous picture book.
Ari arranges absolutely everything.
For as long as anyone can remember, Ari has loved arranging things. From blocks to flowers to produce to unicorn toys, each arrangement feels perfect—though maybe not for everyone. But when Ari sets out to create the ultimate arrangement at the zoo, things don’t go quite as planned. Will Ari finally figure out the secret to arranging (or perhaps not arranging) everything in this humorous and delightful story?
Linus by Stuart Hausmann
In the spirit of All Are Welcome, this gentle picture book about being yourself and inspiring change in others follows sweet, plucky Linus who doesn’t fit into the rigid confines of his straitlaced world—and learns that that’s okay.
Linus is trying his very best to stay in line, but everyone in Linneopolis is bent out of shape because he isn’t square enough for them. When he’s sent to an overnight camp to straighten out and build some character, Linus decides he’s had enough. He’s going to run away and find shapes that aren’t so set in their ways.
But what happens when he starts to miss home? Can he convince the population of Linneopolis to open up instead of shutting down? Or are they too boxed in to hear him out?
Silver Linings by Fiona Woodcock
Pip and Parker are best friends who do everything together. When Pip makes a mistake, Parker is always there to see the bright side. But what happens when Parker needs a little encouragement, too?
Pip and Parker live next door to each other and are such good friends that sometimes they don’t even need words to communicate. If something goes wrong, Parker (who always looks on the bright side) helps Pip see the silver lining.
When the clouds roll in, Pip sees a day spoiled by rain, but Parker sees a chance to play a fun cloud guessing game! When Pip accidentally drops her sweet strawberry snack into her lemonade, she’s certain disaster has struck. But Parker finds a reason to celebrate their unexpected pink lemonade! But what will happen when Parker makes a mistake and feels blue? Can Pip cheer him up and show him the silver lining?
Silver Linings is a wonderful choice for social and emotional learning that celebrates the importance of empathy and staying positive.
Find Your Brave by Apryl Stott
Coco and Bear find their brave in this charming sequel to Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light.
Coco and Bear are excited to perform their super special dance at the summer festival…until Coco loses her brave during dress rehearsal! Bear offers to help Coco find it and they start by asking their friends: “How do you find your brave?” Even after trying their friends’ suggestions, though, Coco still doesn’t have her I-can-do-anything brave back. So she and Bear decide to drop out of the show.
But when things take an unexpected turn and Bear gets into trouble, Coco quickly comes to his rescue. Could it be that her brave was never lost—it was just hiding behind her fear? And if that’s true, then perhaps Coco has enough brave to join Bear on stage after all.
Which of these new books for February 2023 are you going to share with your class? And, if you are looking for more brand new books, be sure to check out the January 2023 New Releases!
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