16 New Picture Books Coming in January

Here are 16 picture books released this month that are getting starred reviews!

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho

The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Leadership and Legacy by Kekla Magoon, illustrated by Laura Freeman

I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne, illustrated by Julia Kuo

Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston by Alicia D. Williams, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcantara

Moose, Goose, and Mouse by Mordicai Gerstein, illustrated by Jeff Mack

Oona by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Raissa Figueroa

Outside Inside by LeUyen Pham

Over the Shop by Jonarno Lawson, illustrated by Qin Leng

The Passover Guest by Susan Kusel, illustrated by Sean Rubin

Runaway: the Daring Escape of Ona Judge by Ray Anthony Shepard, illustrated by Keith Mallett

Seeking an Aurora by Elizabeth Pulford, illustrated by Anne Bannock

Ten Beautiful Things by Molly Beth Griffin, illustrated by Maribel Lechuga

Time for Kenny by Brian Pinkney

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

We Wait for the Sun by Katie McCabe, illustrated by Raissa Figueroa

What’s the Matter Marlo? by Andrew Arnold

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes

Cover image for Legacy

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes (9781681199443)

In this companion book to One Last Word, Grimes explores the legacy of Black women writers from the Harlem Renaissance. Grimes has selected poems from these little-known female poets that speak to themes of heritage, nature and activism. Each of the poems in this collection is accompanied by a poem from Grimes that uses the “Golden Shovel” technique of taking a line from the Harlem Renaissance poem and using that line as the last words in each line of Grimes’ poems. In addition, each pair of poems is also matched with a work of art from female Black illustrators, creating an exciting and energizing grouping with every turn of the page.

Once again Grimes amazes with a poetry collection. Grimes has an astute eye for selecting poems for her collections that young readers will enjoy, understand and connect with. When she then creates her magic of using those poems as inspiration for her own, she demonstrates such poetic skill in both the poem construction but also in managing to pay tribute to what the poem is about and translate that into modern day poems for young readers.

Reading this collection is like finding one treasure after another. New poets are discovered. The art is beautiful, clearly inspired by the pair of poems that it is matched with. This collections serves to show Black poets and artists speaking in their own rich voices, offering a look at the women who paved the way for today.

Another astounding collection from Grimes that belongs in every library serving children. Appropriate for ages 9-12.

Reviewed from ARC provided by Bloomsbury.