Bright artists have been busy! From author-illustrated board books to heartwarming picture book tales of family and bit of everything in-between, we’re staying in and hunkering down with a fresh collection of #BrightReads. Check out our list below for a look at what’s hitting the shelves this month.
Illustration by Morgan Huff.
A light-hearted nonfiction picture book about the formation and history of the ocean, told from the perspective of the ocean itself.
Ocean! Waves for All, illustrated by David Litchfield.
May 5 with Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
When three kids discover a book of magic spells that can only be cast during a few short minutes a day, they'll need all the time they can get to save a dying magical world, its last dragon, and themselves.
What We Found in the Corn Maze and How It Saved a Dragon, illustrated by Mirelle Ortega.
May 5 with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
New York Times bestselling author and award-winning actress Gabrielle Union pens a festive and universal love letter from parents to little ones.
Welcome to the Party, illustrated by Ashley Evans.
May 5 with HarperCollins
When a little bear forgets to close the door to his house, he encounters a series of unwelcome (and untidy) visitors.
Shut the Door!, illustrated by Maria Karipidou.
May 5 with Random House Books for Young Readers
Join Lucy and Oscar as they set off on a big adventure in this perfect first introduction to busy city life.
In the City, illustrated by Hannah Tolson.
May 14 with Bloomsbury
A magical adventure about a girl with a mysterious connection with the elephant who saved her life.
The Elephant’s Girl, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki.
May 19 with Crown Books for Young Readers
In this charmingly illustrated book, follow a farm throughout the year to discover how the farmer grows fresh and tasty food for us to eat in a sustainable and natural way.
The Farm that Feeds Us, illustrated by Ginnie Hsu.
May 19 with Linden Tree Books
Most mommies are girls. Most daddies are boys. But lots of parents are like my Maddy.
My Maddy, illustrated by Violet Tobacco.
May 19 with Magination Press
A magical lift-the-flap board book about a little boy and his dragon BFF!
My Best Friend Is a Dragon, author-illustrated by Rachael McLean.
May 26 with Penguin Workshop
This poetic and uplifting picture book follows a young girl born with cerebral palsy as she pursues her dream of becoming a dancer.
I Will Dance, illustrated by Julianna Swaney.
May 26 with Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Piglette can be a bit particular by her siblings' standards. She always wants everything to be perfect.
Piglette, illustrated by Eva Byrne.
May 26 with Viking Books for Young Readers
In this laugh-out-loud illustrated adventure, the sneakiest seagull on the beach meets his match when a plucky crab makes a grab for the tastiest snacks.
Smug Seagull, author-illustrated by Maddie Frost.
May 26 with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers