15 New Picture Books to Wake Your Brain Cells in March

Here are 15 new picture books releasing this month that have lots of buzz with starred reviews or large print runs!

Vamos! Let’s Go Eat! by Raul the Third

Amphibian Acrobats by Leslie Bulion, illustrated by Robert Meganck

Hello World! by Ethan Long

Hike by Pete Oswald

I Go Quiet by David Ouimet

Letters from Bear by Gauthier David, illustrated by Marie Caudry

Mama Baby by Chris Raschka

My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

The Nest that Wren Built by Randi Sonenshine, illustrated by Anne Hunter

Nesting by Henry Cole

An Ordinary Day by Elana K. Arnold, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic

Southwest Sunrise by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Wendell Minor

Things That Go Away by Beatrice Alemagna

The Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade

The Old Truck by Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey

The Old Truck by Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey

The Old Truck by Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey (9781324005193)

This picture book celebrates the hard work on a farm, whether you are a human or a truck. The old truck worked hard on the farm hauling things. But it grew tired and unable to be fixed. So it rested near the barn, dreaming of being a boat, a blimp or even a space rover. It got older and older sitting there, weeds growing up around it. Until a new farmer, who had grown up on the farm, decided to try again to fix it. It took a lot of determination and trying, just like farming, but the old truck eventually came to life again, woke up and started working. 

Told in the simplest of phrases, this picture book is really about the illustrations. Done with over 250 handcrafted stamps, the illustrations have a wonderful retro look with modern colors. They show an African-American family on a small family farm, working hard. The little girl goes from being born all the way through to owning the farm herself and having a child of her own. The time process is slow and steady, marked by the growing of the weeds as well. 

Delightfully modern and retro, this picture book is very special. Appropriate for ages 2-4.

Reviewed from library copy.

ABIA 2020 Longlists

The longlists for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. There are several categories for books for youth. Here are those longlists:


Detention by Tristan Bancks

How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood

Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories

Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories edited by Michael Earp

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling Cover

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

This Is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield

Welcome to Country youth edition

Welcome to Country Youth Edition by Marcia Langton

Welcome To Your Period

Welcome to Your Period by Yumi Stynes & Melissa Kang



The 117-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!

Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing! by Tim Flannery, illustrated by Sam Caldwell

Funny Bones

Funny Bones edited by Kate Temple, Jol Temple & Oliver Phommavanh

How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days

How to Make a Movie in 12 Days by Fiona Hardy

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals by Sami Bayly

Real Pigeons Nest Hard by Andrew McDonald, illustrated by Ben Wood

Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime

Under the Stars by Lisa Harvey-Smith, illustrated by Mel Matthews

Young Dark Emu

Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe



All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors

All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors by Davina Bell, illustrated by Jenny Lovlie

Bluey: The Beach: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Bluey: The Beach by Ludo Studio

Kindness Makes Us Strong by Sophie Beer

Lottie and Walter by Anna Walker

Mr Chicken All Over Australia by Leigh Hobbs

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The Painted Ponies by Alison Lester

The Tiny Star

The Tiny Star by Mem Fox, illustrated by Freya Blackwood


Tilly by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Anna Walker


Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Andrew Kelly and Aunty Joy Murphy, illustrated by Lisa Kennedy