2017 Books I CANNOT Wait For

They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but...I mean, come on! LOOK at these covers! Don't you want to read them, too?

A River
Marc Martin
Chronicle Books | March 2017

While this one has been available outside of the US since 2016, it won't be available in the States until March 7, 2017. Named one of the best children's books of 2016 by The Telegraph, A River tells of the "imaginary journey of a child inspired by the view outside her bedroom window."

Ben Newman
Flying Eye Books | April 2017

Ben Newman, the illustrator behind this year's Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure and 2013's Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space, will be releasing his first solo picture book, Boo! about a brave little mouse who thinks he is the bravest animal around.
Don't Blink! 
Tom Booth
Feiwel & Friends | June 2017

Although Tom Booth isn't a newcomer to children's lit - he is the illustrator of Derek Jeter Presents Night at the Stadium - this is the first book he has both authored and illustrated.

From Macmillan: "Think you can win a staring contest against an elephant? What about a gorilla, a cheetah, a fox, or an alligator? What about all of them - AND a bunch of their other animal friends - at the same time? You're about to find out! Whatever you do DON'T BLINK!

Dashka Slater and Sydney Hanson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) | April 2017

Dashka Slater is the author of several books for children, including the Junior Library Guild Selection The Sea Serpent and Me as well as Dangerously Ever After. Escargot tells the tale of a snail who wants only to be your favorite animal, and to make it to the salad at the end of the book. You can read all about Escargot (and his salad) in April 2017.
Hello, Mr. Dodo
Nicholas John Frith
Arthur A. Levine Books | January 2017

Nicholas John Frith is the author-illustrator of this year's popular Hector and Hummingbird, his debut picture book, which published to starred reviews from both Kirkus Reviews and Publisher's Weekly. Hello, Mr. Dodo features Martha, a bird loving girl who might have just discovered a dodo. But what will happen when the rest of the town learns about her discovery? Will she have to say goodbye to Mr. Dodo?

Fortunately, we don't have to wait too much longer to find out...just until January!
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines
Jeanne Walker Harvey and Dow Phumiruk
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | May 2017

Jeanne Walker Harvey is the author of several children's books, including My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey and Astro, The Stellar Sea Lion. This will be Dow Phumiruk's first traditionally published picture book, and the art looks BEAUTIFUL. But we'll have to wait until May to see more than just snippets!

Good thing there are still loads of wonderful books out there to help us wait until these beauties come out! Are there any forthcoming books you are doing an impatient-happy dance for? Let me know in the comments! Happy reading!


  1. Wow, looks like a few good reads for 2017!

  2. Thank you for drawing my attention to these upcoming books, they all look fabulous!

    1. They'll be in good company with YOUR 2017 book on my shelves! :)

  3. Huge fan of Tom Booth's work! And Escargot and Boo look adorable, too.

    1. That tortoise, right?!? Have you checked out his Inktober drawings on Instagram? LOVE.