Are you looking for new kids’ books for Winter 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 December 2022- February 2023.
From new authors to favorites, this summer has some fantastic new books that we cannot wait to read. What are the best new kids’ books for Winter 2023? We’ve got them all right here.
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Winter 2023: Best New Books for Babies
Plot: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the construction crew from the bestselling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site series!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
Best New Picture Books for Winter 2023
Plot: In a rhythmic celebration of sport and play, four-time Grand Slam champion and tennis superstar Naomi Osaka shares key steps to becoming a true champ, including being kind, working as a team, doing your best, and most importantly, having fun.
Plot: The companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller and NAACP Image Award winner Stacey’s Extraordinary Words, from political leader Stacey Abrams and artist Kitt Thomas.
Stacey’s favorite day of the week is Thursday, when the whole class goes to the library and she gets to lose herself in her beloved books.
Plot: Jason Chin, winner of the Caldecott Medal for Watercress, dives into the microscopic building blocks of life in this companion to the award-winning Your Place in the Universe.
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.
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.
Plot: Can you catch the magical Loveosaurus? The Catch Club Kids are on the chase again, this time to trap a dinosaur that escaped from the museum and wants to spread love and kindness.
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.
Plot: Author-illustrator June Tate makes her debut with a heartwarming picture book comparing the seemingly small but tenderly profound moments hidden in our world. A modern-day classic in the making for fans of Margaret Wise Brown and William Steig.
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.
Are you looking for more reasons reading is so important for language development? Check out our posts!
Best New Books for Early Readers for Winter 2023
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!
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.
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!
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
Best Winter 2023 Chapter Books for More Confident Readers
Plot: The latest installment in the Who Was? series looks at Reconstruction – the period after the civil war. The time period was designed to help give Black Americans the same rights as whites, but it was not a happy time. Instead, deep-rooted prejudices and segregation lasted hundreds of years.
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.
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!
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.
Winter 2023: Best New Middle-Grade Books
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!
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,
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.
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.
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 has gone missing?
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?
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!
Plot: Book 3 in the series has the Never After Crew off to rescue the Sharif of Nottingham from Evil Robin Hood. There is a looming prophecy, a prince turned into a frog, and more in this delightful twisted fairytale.
Best New YA Books for Winter 2023
Plot: Samantha Song has dreamed of becoming part of Singapore’s social scene but her dream is impossible as a working-class woman. With the help of two friends, Samantha borrows designer clothes to infiltrate the elite but will her fraud be discovered and end everything she is working toward?
Plot: Inspired by Moulin Rouge! and set on an island in a magical version of Prohibition-era New York, Revelle is a breathtaking YA stand-alone fantasy full of dazzling magic, romance, and mystery from debut author Lyssa Mia Smith.
Plot: The YA Historical fiction is inspired by the life of C.R Patterson and his family. Set in Chicago in 1910, the story is about the Davenports, one of the few Black families of immense wealth. This is the story of four young Black women navigating life and love.
Plot: A plane crash leaves seven teenagers alone on a deserted island. At first, they think the dwindling supplies are the only obstacle to survival. They soon realize that there’s someone else on the island and that person may be the biggest threat. Suddenly, being the most popular kid doesn’t mean anything.