12 New Picture Books for 2017
With every new year comes the promise of new picture books to amaze, delight, and spark the imaginations of our children. So, forget the January blues and share in our excitement at some of the books we can look forward to in 2017.
January is a bumper month for new releases, with the latest books from Scotland-based authors Emily Mackenzie (There's Broccoli in My Ice Cream!) and Morag Hood (When Grandad Was a Penguin) both hitting the shelves. For children with active imaginations, we recommend the fantastic Also an Octopus from Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Benji Davies (main image, above). The book opens with a ukulele-playing octopus who sets out to build his own spaceship, and the fun carries on right until the end! For those who love a good story, this is a brilliant one about the way stories are created.
Continuing the theme of bears, we look foward in March to the publication of The Island and the Bear, inspired by a true story from the Scottish Hebrides. Written by Scottish poet and author Louise Greig, the tale of a bear who appears one windy morning on a wild Hebridean island is sure to enchant young children.
Later in the year comes an exciting picture book from the author of Watership Down, Richard Adams, who sadly passed away on Christmas Eve. Adventures of Egg Box Dragon is an enchanting story about a mischievous dragon made out of old egg cartons. Whatever it is you've lost, this smart dragon detective will help you find it! Look out for wonderful illustrations too from Alex T. Smith.
Finally, as we're all about hugs and cuddles at Bookbug, we are particularly excited about Chris Riddell's 100 Hugs, out later this week. This gorgeous collection of hugs from the Children's Laureate is the perfect antidote to a wintery January, and the ideal gift for someone in need of cheering up this month.
These are just a handful of the wonderful books that will be hitting bookshelves in libraries and bookshops across the UK this year. Keep an eye on the Bookbug blog for more recommendations throughout 2017, as well as your chance to win books in our Book of the Month competition.