February is a big month for #BrightReads! From new author-illustrated titles to picture book biographies, we’re spreading the love and celebrating women’s suffrage, renowned poets, African American hair, and a little bit of everything in-between. Check out the list below for a look at what’s hitting the shelves this month.
The fourth and final story in Katy Hudson's best-selling set of seasonal picture books.
The Perfect Birthday Recipe, by Katy Hudson.
Feb 1 with Capstone
“Sweet as cake.” — Kirkus
Preschoolers and kindergarteners learn letter and number recognition in this playful, funny story.
When Letters Met Numbers, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis.
Feb 4 with Holiday House
This biography reader marks the 200th birthday of this bold suffragette and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment.
Susan B. Anthony: Her Fight for Equal Rights, illustrated by Maike Plenzke.
Feb 4 with Random House Books for Young Readers
Boys and their cool, natural hair are celebrated in this companion book to HAPPY HAIR.
Cool Cuts, by Mechal Roe.
Feb 11 with Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Budding naturalists and readers of all ages will enjoy learning about the not-often-seen but mighty fine porcupine.
You Are Mine, Porcupine, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman.
Feb 15 with Sleeping Bear Press
An inspiring and kid-accessible biography of one of the world's most famous poets.
On Wings of Words, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander.
Feb 18 with Chronicle Books
“Splendid illustrations combine both folk-art and surrealist styles… Inspired use of the butterfly motif captures the poet’s enigmatic spirit… Stunning.” — Kirkus (Starred Review)
“Stadtlander’s modern folkloric gouache and watercolor illustrations seamlessly merge realism and fantasy, capturing fine details such as floral-sprigged fabrics and rendering whimsical scenes like a miniature Emily astride a grasshopper in a sunset sky.” — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
A beautifully illustrated history celebrating the achievements of American women from 1920 to present day.
The Illustrated Feminist, by Aura Lewis.
Feb 25 with Abrams Image
The fight for women's suffrage between women's rights leader Alice Paul and President Woodrow Wilson is creatively presented as a four-round boxing match in this energetic nonfiction picture book.
Fight of the Century, illustrated by Sarah Green.
Feb 25 with Calkins Creek
“Illustrations based on Jazz Age lithographs and boxing posters combine nicely with suspenseful, articulate text… A lively, inspiring depiction of an indomitable fighter for women’s rights.” — Kirkus
This collection of twenty-two poems explores the fascinating lives of North American nocturnal animals.
After Dark, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis.
Feb 25 with Wordsong
When Nini makes a game-winning catch using her ballet moves, she realizes that ballet and baseball might have more in common than she thought.
Balletball, illustrated by Gillian Flint.
Feb 25 with Charlesbridge
When the family plans a vacation to the beach, Piper and Mabel are shocked to discover they won’t be joining their people.
Piper and Mabel, illustrated by Laura Watkins.
Feb 25 with Zonderkidz
“Watkins’ soft edges and pastel hues lend a cozy yet energetic aesthetic, reassuring readers that even when Piper and Mabel are lost, all will turn out right in the end” — Kirkus