53+ New Children’s Books for 2023 to Enjoy

New Children's Books for 2023
53+ New Children's Books for 2023 to Enjoy 55

Are you looking for new children’s books for 2023? This list of upcoming books has some that we are most looking forward to reading. The post is divided by age so you can look for new release books for babies, picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade, and YA books.

From new authors to old favorites, this list has some fantastic new books that we cannot wait to read. What are the best new children’s books for 2023? We’ve got them all right here.

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For more new kids and adult book releases, head to our new releases page for the latest books by season!

New Children’s Books for 2023: Books for Babies


Bugblock by Christopher Franceschelli

Release Date: April 4

Plot: In this follow-up to AlphablockCountablockDinoblockCityblockBuildablockFarmblockLoveblockSharkblock, and Spaceblock, readers will learn about all the things that make bugs incredible—from spider crickets that can jump 60 times their own length to Chinese stick insects that can grow to be over two feet long to caterpillars that transform into stunning butterflies.

eric loves animals

Eric Loves Animals: (Just Like You!)  by Eric Carle

Release Date: February 14

Plot: Explore the animal kingdom through the eyes of bestselling author and illustrator Eric Carle with this alphabetized treasury of animal illustrations, featuring beloved classic characters as well as exclusive, never-before-seen art.

who is barack obama

Who Is Barack Obama?: A Who Was? Board Book by Lisbeth Kaiser

Release Date: March 21

Plot: The latest addition to the Who HQ program: a biography of Barack Obama, created specifically for the preschool audience!

The #1 New York Times Bestselling Who Was? series expands into the board book space, bringing age-appropriate biographies of influential figures to readers ages 2-4. What fun new children’s books for little readers!

vegetables in pajamas

Vegetables in Pajamas by Jared Chapman

Release Date: January 10

Plot: What’s the best part of getting ready for bed? Picking out pajamas, of course! There are pajamas for when it’s cold and pajamas for when it’s hot. Pajamas that are mixed and pajamas that match. Pajamas for sleeping over and pajamas for sleeping in. No matter what kind of pajamas you choose, they’ll help you sleep tight.

Youre my little bookworm

You’re My Little Bookworm by Natalie Marshall

Release Date: March 21

Plot: You’re My Little Bookworm is a cute rhyming story that celebrates the love between a parent and child. Each colorful spread features a sweet sentiment—a smart cookie, a gold star, and more—paired with a die-cut shape that provides a tactile reading experience.

With chunky pages for little hands and heartfelt text, this book is the perfect read for back-to-school or any time of the year! This is one of the new children’s books perfect for book lovers!

llama llama shapes

Llama Llama Shapes by Anna Dewdney

Release Date: February 7

Plot: Llama Llama spends the day at the farmers market surrounded by shapes. From rectangles, squares, triangles, circles, and stars, children will enjoy this look-and-find format as they search for each shape.

We love Llama Llama so much, we have a post dedicated to our favorite critter! Check out our Anna Dewdney guide.

Daddys beard

Daddy’s Beard by Pete Hinckley

Release Date: April 11

Plot: Soft or scratchy, thick or patchy, babies love Daddy’s beard! In this adorable touch-and-feel board book, little hands can feel beards, mustaches, and more of all types and colors on their favorite person in the world: Daddy!

my first brain quest

My First Brain Quest ABCs: A Question-and-Answer Book

Release Date: January 10

Plot: Introduce your child to the foundational skill of learning their ABC’s with this fun and engaging guide to the alphabet. 

My First Brain Quest: ABCs is a delightful alphabet book that helps babies and toddlers learn the letters of the alphabet, expand their vocabulary, and develop phonics skills.  Each letter of the alphabet is showcased with an engaging alliteration, a fun illustration, and questions that support conversation about counting, colors, comparison, and more.

the honeybee

The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall

Release Date: January 24

Plot: Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this gorgeous Classic Board Book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault!

Baby Ballers

Baby Ballers: Venus and Serena Williams by Bernadette Baille

Release Date: January 3

Plot: Before they were serving up grand slam victories, Venus and Serena Williams were just two sisters growing up in Compton, California. Follow along as they go from learning tennis with their dad to winning Wimbledon! Introduce little ones to the lives of two true game changers in this inspiring board book perfect for baby ballers!


Spinderella by Julie Donaldson

Release Date: February 28

Plot: Spinderella the spider has a passion for football! She tries to play a match with her brothers and sisters but she doesn’t know how many spiders should be on each team. Even worse, she can’t count the goals! Luckily for Spinderella, her Hairy Godmother has a plan!

For more books for baby’s first library, head here.

Looking for more books for babies? Have a look at Language development: Books for a 1-year-old or Making Story Time Interactive: Books for 2-year-olds

New Children’s Books for 2023: Picture Books

the noise inside boys

The Noise Inside Boys: A Story About Big Feelings by Pete Oswald

Release Date: May 2

Plot: Pete Oswald, the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator and father of three sons unravels the confusing emotions inside boys today against the backdrop of a day at the beach.

When two older brothers tease their younger brother, overwhelming feelings surface, along with the urge to push them away. Highlighted with a rainbow of vibrant colors, this important book shows how the turbulent emotions we experience can be managed by naming and understanding them. This is one of the new children’s books I plan to buy for my own house.

way past sorry

Way Past Sorry by Hallee Adelman

Release Date: April 1

Plot: Kat promised to be Sage’s buddy on the class trip, but when it was time to board the bus, Kat sat with someone else. Now Sage is ignoring Kat, and won’t talk to her even after she apologizes. Kat is way past sorry. Somehow, she needs to make this right again with her best friend.

The Stars

The Stars by Jacques Goldstyn

Release Date: May 16

Plot: A dazzling story about love—for the stars, and for one another—between two young people, set in the multicultural city of Montréal. What fun new children’s books for little readers!

a little ferry tale

A Little Ferry Tale by Chad Otis

Release Date: August 2

Plot: In the spirit of The Little Engine That Could, this sweet picture book introduces Little Ferry, who yearns to be more like the faster or stronger boats in the harbor only to find out her uniqueness can be her strength. This is one of the new children’s books I plan to pre-order.

Mary Can

Mary Can! by Mary J. Blige

Release Date: March 8

Plot: From multi-award-winning singer, artist, actress, and icon Mary J. Blige comes a fun and inspirational story that teaches young readers they can be anything, and they are enough.

Welcome rain

Welcome, Rain by Sheryl McFarlane

Release Date: March 28

Plot: In this charming picture book, a young child’s conversation with the rain poetically captures the ever-shifting feelings we have when it comes to drizzles and downpours. She thanks the rain for helping the strawberries and carrot seeds to grow, and delights in splashing in the puddles with her little brother. What fun new children’s books for little readers!

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Dolly Parton’s Billy the Kid Makes It Big by Dolly Parton

Release Date: April 25

Plot: From the legendary Dolly Parton comes a story about her god-dog and Instagram personality, Billy the Kid, who is hoping to make it big as a country music star in Nashville, Tennessee. This is one of the new children’s books I plan to pre-order.

the bright side

The Bright Side by Chad Otis

Release Date: February 21

Plot: This endearing book about making the most of any situation is also a heartfelt and meaningful portrait of houselessness that’s just right for young children.

What will i discover

What Will I Discover by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

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Plot: Sometimes, it seems as if scientists know everything about the world. They’ve recorded the songs of humpback whales, dug up the bones of dinosaurs, and even tracked the storms of Jupiter. This is one of the new children’s books from an indie publisher.

the best worst day ever

The Best Worst Day Ever by Mark Batterson

Release Date: February 21

Plot: This delightful picture book from best-selling author Mark Batterson and his daughter encourages young children to make the most of each day—even when they encounter frustrations along the way. What fun new children’s books for little readers!

i love you more than youll ever know

I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know by Leslie Odom Jr

Release Date: March 28

Plot: I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know is a touching and heartfelt ode about the love we feel for our children, by award-winning actors of stage and screen Leslie Odom, Jr. and Nicolette Robinson, and illustrated by Joy Hwang Ruiz.

I plan to get this new children’s book for my hamilton loving child!

the kindest red

The Kindest Red: A Story of Hijab and Friendship by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Release Date: January 10

Plot: The sequel to the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Proudest Blue shows the power of friendship and kindness, from Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Very Good Hats

Very Good Hats by Emma Straub

Release Date: January 10

Plot: The first picture book by bestselling novelist Emma Straub, this joyous and inventive read-aloud will inspire kids to see ordinary objects in a whole new way.

the skull

The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale  by Jon Klassen

Release Date: July 11

Plot: Jon Klassen’s signature wry humor takes a turn for the ghostly in this thrilling retelling of a traditional Tyrolean folktale. In a big abandoned house, on a barren hill, lives a skull. A brave girl named Otilla has escaped from terrible danger and run away, and when she finds herself lost in the dark forest, the lonely house beckons. Her host, the skull, is afraid of something too, something that comes every night. 

Are you looking for more reasons reading is so important for language development? Check out our posts!

The Best New Children’s Books for 2023: Early Readers

poppleton in summer

Poppelton in Summer by Cynthia Rylant

Release Date: May 2

Plot: Any new children’s books about Poppelton are perfect for beginning readers.

There’s so much fun in the sun with Poppleton, the posh and persnickety pig created by Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and acclaimed illustrator Mark Teague!

Worm and Caterpillar and more Kids' Books for Winter 2023

Worm and Caterpillar Are Friends by Kaz Windness

Release Date: January 31

Plot: This Level 1 reading book tells the story of best friends Worm and Caterpillar. After Caterpillar turns into a butterfly, they need to figure out if they can still be friends! What fun new children’s books for little readers!

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A Super Scary Narwhalloween by Ben Clanton 

Release Date: July 4

Plot: In the hilarious eighth book of this blockbuster graphic novel series, Narwhal and Jelly celebrate the spookiest time of the year — Halloween — with a super twist!

agents of S.u.i.t

The InvestiGators: The Agents of S.U.I.T.

Release Date: February 21

Plot: The world of John Green’s kid-favorite InvestiGators series expands with the first volume of AGENTS OF S.U.I.T., a brand-new spinoff shining a light on some of Mango and Brash’s colorful coworkers.

Diary of a pug

Pug’s New Puppy by Kyla May

Release Date: April 4

Plot: Bub the pug and his human, Bella, are taking care of Nana’s new puppy, Harlow. They can’t wait to teach Harlow some new tricks! But training a puppy isn’t an easy job. Will they be able to teach Harlow anything before Nana comes home? What fun new children’s books for little readers!

Horse & Buggy On Ice and more Kids' Books for Winter 2023

Horse & Buggy on Ice by Ethan Long

Release Date: January 17

Plot: Horse and Buggy are back in the next installment of this beginner reader series. Horse is a skating fiend until he falls. But Buggy is there to help him get back to skating!

welcome to sparklegrove

Welcome to Sparklegrove by Rebecca Elliot

Release Date: April 4

Plot: Bo Tinseltail and friends welcome a new jackalope family to Sparklegrove Forest in the latest installment of this USA Today bestselling early chapter book series! What fun new children’s books for little readers!

Are you looking for books to help develop reading skills? Check out our Best Books for Beginning Readers or Early Reader Books for Emergent Readers

The Best New Children’s Books for 2023: Chapter Books

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Finally Seen by Kelly Yang

Release Date: February 28

Plot: Kelly Yang, author of Front Desk, is once again tackling the immigrant experience in this new book. In this story, Lina is coming to America to reunite with her parents who have been living in the US with her little sister for the past 5 years. But Lina’s life isn’t what she expected it to be. I’ll be reading this story with my kids for sure. This is one of the new children’s books I plan to pre-order.

mission arctic

Mission: Arctic: A Scientifc Adventure to a Changing North Pole by Katharina Weiss-Tuider

Release Date: May 23

Plot: The Arctic is changing—fast. The once-frozen landscape is melting before our eyes, and the effects can be felt around the world. But the Arctic is also the region we know the least about. Thick ice, extreme cold, and total darkness have always prevented scientists from uncovering its secrets. Until now.

Bad Kitty School Daze and more Kids' Books for Winter 2023

Bad Kitty School Daze by Nick Bruel

Release Date: January 10

Plot: The Bad Kitty series has recently started coming out in a graphic-novel format that’s great for early chapter book readers! The latest story to get the graphic-novel treatment features Bad Kitty heading to obedience school!

doggo and pupper cozy

Doggo and Pupper Search for Cozy by Katherine Applegate

Release Date: March 28

Plot: In Doggo and Pupper Search for Cozy ― the conclusion to the Doggo and Pupper early readers trilogy by New York Times-bestselling author Katherine Applegate with a brightly colored palette from Charlie Alder ― the canines help Cat adjust to a big change: A new bed!

The secret

The Secret Explorers and the Desert Disappearance by SJ King

Release Date: January 10

Plot: The brainy explorer kids are back on an adventure – this time in the desert! There, they will put their scientific knowledge to use as they rescue wolf cubs and evade sand storms! Filled with desert facts, this book is sure to please your science-loving early reader.

she persisted florence nightingale

She Persisted: Florence Nightingale by Chelsea Clinton and Shelli R. Johannes

Release Date: March 7

Plot: Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger, a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds–including Florence Nightingale!

The Best New Children’s Books for 2023: Middle-Grade Books

the sun and the star

From the World of Percy Jackson: The Sun and the Star Hardcover by Rick Riordan

Release Date: May 2

Plot: Percy Jackson fans, rejoice! Nico and Will have a book of their own!

As the son of Hades, Nico di Angelo has been through so much, from the premature deaths of his mother and sister, to being outed against his will, to losing his friend Jason during the trials of Apollo. But there is a ray of sunshine in his life—literally: his boyfriend, Will Solace, the son of Apollo. Together the two demigods can overcome any obstacle or foe. At least, that’s been the case so far…

This is one of the new children’s books I plan to pre-order.

the one and only ruby

The One and Only Ruby by Katherine Applegate

Release Date: May 2

Plot: Ruby’s story picks up a few months after the events of The One and Only Bob. Now living in a wildlife sanctuary, Ruby’s caretaker from the elephant orphanage in Africa where she grew up is visiting. Seeing him again brings back a flood of memories both happy and sad of her life before the circus, and she recounts the time she spent in the African savannah to Ivan and Bob.

Percy Jackson Chalice of the gods

Percy Jackon and the Chalice of the Gods by Rick Riordan

Plot: One of the most anticipated new children’s books of the year is the return of Percy Jackson. After years and many other series, Rick Riordan is back with a new sequel featuring a college-aged Percy Jackson!

In order to get letters of recommendation from the gods, he needs to complete 3 quests. Could this be the start of a new trilogy? We want all of these new children’s books for our Percy Jackson fans!

If you are eagerly waiting until September, check out our guide to Percy Jackson and our list of books just like the Percy Jackson series.

bea wolf

Bea Wolf by Zach Weinersmith

Release Date: March 21

Plot: This middle-grade graphic novel is a retelling of the classic story, Beowulf. It features a group of kids defending their treehouse from adults who want to turn children straight into grown-ups!

my not so great french escape

My Not-So-Great French Escape by Cliff Burke

Release Date: March 14

Plot: When Rylan’s best friend ditches him for the cool kids, Rylan thinks a summer spent working on a French farm will be the perfect chance to reconnect. But he doesn’t count on his long-lost father showing up. This funny, touching novel is perfect for fans of Gary D. Schmidt and John David Anderson. It’s one of the new children’s books that we’ve already read!

lasagna means i love you

Lasagna Means I Love You by Kate O’Shaughnessy

Release Date: February 21

Plot: After her Nan dies, Mo is sent into the foster care system. In a note her Nan left behind, she urges Mo to find a hobby. So Mo decided to start cooking.

nic blake and the remarkables

Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy by Angie Thomas

Release Date: April 4

Plot: Internationally bestselling superstar author Angie Thomas makes her middle-grade debut with the launch of an inventive, hilarious, and suspenseful new contemporary fantasy trilogy inspired by African American history and folklore.

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Winston Chu vs. the Whimsies by Stacey Lee

Release Date: February 7

Plot: In this new Rick Riordan presents story, Stacey Lee reimagines a classic Chinese folktale. Winston is on his way home from cooking school when he thwarts a robbery in progress at Mr. Pang’s oddity shop. Mr. Pang is sending him home with a broom and dustpan as a reward.

But when his stuff starts disappearing, he wonders if there is more to the cleaning duo than meets the eye. It might just be time for him to fight magic with magic. This is one of the new children’s books we recommend for tweens who love fantasy.

Im still here

I’m Still Here (Adapted for Young Readers) by Austin Channing Brown

Release Date: April 4

Plot: Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with race in America came at age seven, when she discovered that her parents had named her Austin to trick future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools and churches, Channing Brown writes, “I had to learn what it means to love Blackness,” a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker, and expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion.

the big sting

The Big Sting by Rachelle Delaney

Release Date: February 7

Plot: Leo is having a normal visit to his grandparent’s farm when suddenly his grandmother’s beehives go missing! Soon Leo, his little sister Lizzie, and his grandpa are off to solve the crime and find the culprit.

Ghosts toast and other hazards

Ghosts, Toast, and Other Hazards by Susan Tan

Release Date: April 25

Plot: Mo is not afraid of toast. Just to be clear. She is afraid of fires, though. Which can be caused by everyday appliances, like toasters. So toast isn’t the problem, but you could say it’s the start of a slippery slope. Since her family’s recent move, Mo’s been eating oatmeal for breakfast.

Moving to a new town is never easy, but it’s even harder when you’re dealing with a stepdad who just left and a mom who can’t get out of bed long enough to find a new a job.

whale done

Whale Done by Stuart Gibbs

Release Date: February 21

Plot: This is the eigth book in the FunJungle series by beloved author, Stuart Gibbs. After a dead whale washes up on shore, Teddy Fitzroy is looking for answers for what killed it. And then someone makes it explode. Can he figure out who blew up the whale and why tons of sand have gone missing? This is one of the new children’s books we recommend for tweens who love animals.

Mixed Up by Gordon Korman

Mixed Up by Gordon Korman

Release Date: July 18

Plot: Reef and Theo don’t know what’s happening to them. They’ll be going about their days and then suddenly they’ll have these strange flashes of memory — but the memories don’t belong to them. And at the same time, their own memories are starting to… vanish. This is one of the new children’s books I plan to pre-order.

the swifts

The Swifts by Beth Lincoln

Release Date: February 7

Plot: It’s time for the Swift family reunion and Shenanigan is busy plotting her treasure hunt…until her aunt falls to her death after someone pushes her down the stairs. Now Shenanigan finds herself in a new role – detective! Can she figure out what happened?

cookie monsters

Cookie Monsters by Erika J. Kenrick

Release Date: January 17

Plot: In this middle-grade story, Brooklyn wants to win the cookie-selling competition to make her recently deceased mother proud. But the new girl, Piper, is out to beat her. With the help of her friends, her grandma, and her therapist, maybe Brooklyn still has a chance to win! This is one of the new children’s books we recommend for tweens.

More New Children’s Books for 2023

Did you find any new children’s books for 2023 that you are going to add to your bookshelves?