Themes, themes, themes

We have plenty of themes in our 2016 debut picture books, so this post is a monster list of themes.

EMPATHY abounds in:


Focusing on ENVIRONMENTAL themes:



TRANSPORTATION leaps off the page in these three titles:


FOOD, both real and imaginary, features in these picture books:


SPORTS are highlighted in:


HEALTH AND FITNESS themes are strong in:



RHYMING books include:


CONFLICT/RESOLUTION goes head-to-head  in:



HOLIDAYS sparkle in:


BEDTIME is front and center in:



And, BOOKS/STORIES as a theme in picture books stars in:



2016 Debut Picture Book Holiday Giveaway on Goodreads

Eight debut picture book giveaways are listed on Goodreads for a grand holiday giveaway!

Enter to win SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK) by Julie Falatko (2016 debut author), illustrated by Tim Miller.



Enter to win SALAD PIE by Wendy BooydeGraaff (2016 debut author), illustrated by Bryan Langdo.


Enter to win NED THE KNITTING PIRATE by Diana Murray (2016 debut author), illustrated by Leslie Lammle.


Enter to win PUG MEETS PIG by Sue Lowell Gallion (2016 debut author), illustrated by Joyce Wan.


Enter to win THE WILLIAM HOY STORY: HOW A DEAF BASEBALL PLAYER CHANGED THE GAME by Nancy Churnin (2016 debut author), illustrated by Jez Tuya.


Enter to win YOU’RE MY BOO by Kate Dopirak (2016 debut author), illustrated by Leslie
Breen Withrow.


Enter to win QUACKERS by Liz Wong (2016 debut author-illustrator).


Enter to win CITY SHAPES by Diana Murray (2016 debut author), illustrated by Bryan


Picture books about Family

Family is important and our picture books reflect that. As Michelle Lee says in her post about families at the New York Public Library blog, all families “share the same universal value: love.” Several of our 2016 picture book debuts showcase this.

From Preschool Education, here’s an action poem about families:

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Some families are large. (spread arms out wide)
Some families are small (bring arms close together)
But I love my family (cross arms over chest) best of all!