Coming Soon: Novel Novice Junior (For Younger Readers)

Young Adult lit may be our bread and butter (so to speak) here at Novel Novice – but we’ve never been afraid to branch out before. We love featuring some of our favorite middle grade books, and have been known to spotlight adult or New Adult titles, as well.

junior-sidebarSo it only seemed natural that we’d extend the same liberties to our younger readers, with the upcoming launch of a new monthly feature, Novel Novice Junior.

With these features, we’ll spotlight some of our favorite or new books for children, primarily focusing on picture books. After all, these youngest readers may not be browsing the Internet just yet — but I’ll bet you guys have younger siblings, cousins, or kids of your own who are just learning to love books as much as you do. And what better way to foster that love than with some fabulous picture books written with them in mind!

We’ll officially kick-off our Novel Novice Junior features during the first week of May, but in the meantime, here are some of my personal favorite picture books:

Peg Leg Peke by Brie Spangler

peg leg peke

Baby Can’t Sleep by Lisa Schroeder, illus. by Viviana Garofoli

Baby Can't Sleep

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

this is not my hat

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illus. by Oliver Jeffers

day the crayons quit

Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran, illus. by Barbara Cooney


The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

mysteries of harris burdick

(Also check out The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, in which famous authors write short stories to accompany the illustration from Van Allsburg’s original book!)

No, David! by David Shannon

no david

Dillweed’s Revenge by Florence Parry Heide, illus. by Carson Ellis

dillweed's revenge

Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, illus. by Adam Rex

chloe and the lion

And I pretty much adore any of the Cozy Classics series:

cozy - moby dick cozy emma cozy huck finn cozy jane eyre cozy les mis cozy oliver twist cozy pride and prejudice cozy tom sawyer cozy war and peace

For the comments: What are some of your favorite picture books?

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