As we say hello to a new year, it’s time to start looking forward to the array of new children’s books on the horizon. Beautifully illustrated picture books. Interactive story boards. Sweet tales of animated birds, pigs, and other delightful animals. Over the next twelve months, your little one will enjoy a literary adventure of the sweetest kind.

Here are some of the most anticipated books of early 2017 that are perfect for your young reader:

Kid books 2017 egg

Egg” by Kevin Henke

(January 3, 2017)

Caldecott Medalist and New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Henkes, delivers his 50th book with beautiful illustrations. “Egg” is a graphic novel for preschoolers focused on quirky friendships, one unbelievable surprise, and the art of hatching eggs.

“Dance” by Matthew Van Fleet

Dance” by Matthew Van Fleet

(February 14, 2017)

Get ready to shake, rattle, and roll with your young reader! “Dance” from New York Times bestselling author Matthew Van Fleet is a fun story about a little baby chick who learns how to dance from a friendly band of animals who know all the right moves. Includes pull tabs that allow children to make the animals bounce and dance.

“Mighty, Mighty Construction Site” by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site” by Sherri Duskey Rinker

(February 14, 2017)

The companion to the international bestseller “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site,” is “Mighty, Mighty Construction Site” which continues the story of a small crew of construction vehicles tackling their biggest job ever. Kids learn about team-building, friendship, and how working together can make an enormous task seem very tiny.

“Grandpa’s Great Escape” by David Walliams

Grandpa’s Great Escape” by David Walliams

(February 28, 2017)

A high-flying adventure about the wonderful relationship between a boy named Jack and his ever-forgetful grandfather. Travel along as they plot big escapes from long ago battlefields… and Grandpa’s new nursing home.

“Nancy Clancy and the Late-Breaking News” by Jane O’Connor

Nancy Clancy and the Late-Breaking News” by Jane O’Connor

(February 28, 2017)

The eighth and final installment of the “Fancy Nancy” early chapter book series, “Nancy Clancy and the Late-Breaking News” winds down with Nancy Clancy working to be the star reporter of the “Third Grade Gazette.” Lessons are learned as Nancy overhears something she shouldn’t… and the news leaks!

“We’re All Wonders” by R.J. Palacio

We’re All Wonders” by R.J. Palacio

(March 28, 2017)

“We’re All Wonders” is the unforgettable young reader follow-up to the international bestseller “Wonder” (soon to be a major motion picture) which inspired the nationwide movement Choose Kind. Kids learn to reflect on differences and choose kindness in a world that sorely needs more heart.

“How to Raise a Mom” by Jean Reagan

How to Raise a Mom” by Jean Reagan

(March 28, 2017)

Filled with charming role-reversal humor, creative ideas, and lots of love, “How to Raise a Mom” is the instructional book for all kids on how to raise a happy, healthy, productive mother.

“Little Ree” by Ree Drummond

Little Ree” by Ree Drummond

(March 28, 1017)

Possibly the most anticipated children’s book of 2017, “Little Ree,” from New York Times bestselling author, Food Network star, and The Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond, chronicles country life through the eyes of country bumpkin Ree. An adventurous new picture book series inspired by Ree Drummond’s life on the ranch.

“Olivia the Spy” by Ian Falconer

Olivia the Spy” by Ian Falconer 

(April 4, 2017)

Preschoolers will delight in this wonderful story about a precocious pig named Olivia who is about to have a birthday. Follow along as this feisty, imaginative girl eavesdrops and learns too much about her party plans. Will Mom cancel the festivities or will Olivia’s birthday be all that she’s hearing of?

“The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors” by Drew Daywalt, illus. by Adam Rex

The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors” by Drew Daywalt, illus. by Adam Rex

(April 4, 2017)

Your child will love this epic, funny picture book about the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors. Creative illustrations carry you alongside the original three warriors on the battlefield of hands.