Best New Children’s Books for 2023

As we move into 2023, a new crop of children’s books is hitting the shelves, offering young readers a variety of exciting and engaging stories. From picture books to middle-grade novels, here are some of the best new children’s books for 2023.

The Elephant in the Room

This novel follows a young girl named Sila, who moves to a new town and struggles to fit in. When she discovers a baby elephant being kept in secret in her neighbor’s backyard, Sila sets out to rescue it and find it a new home.

The House That Wasn’t There

A young girl named Daisy discovers a mysterious house that appears and disappears at will. As she investigates the house’s secrets, Daisy learns about the power of imagination and the importance of family.

The Rock from the Sky

A group of animals tries to figure out what a mysterious rock in the sky will do. With Klassen’s signature humor and distinctive illustration style, “The Rock from the Sky” will surely be a hit for young readers.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse

A boy befriends a mole, a fox, and a horse, and together they navigate life’s ups and downs. With beautiful illustrations and heartfelt messages about friendship and kindness, “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse” is a must-read for all ages.

The Last Kids on Earth and the Doomsday Race

This middle-grade novel is the latest installment in the popular “Last Kids on Earth” series. When a new race is announced to determine the world’s fate, Jack and his friends set out to compete and save the day.

The Magic Fish

A young boy named Tiến struggles to communicate with his Vietnamese immigrant parents. As he discovers a magical book of fairy tales, Tiến learns about storytelling’s power and family’s importance.

When You Trap a Tiger

This middle-grade novel tells the story of a young girl named Lily who moves in with her grandmother and discovers a magical tiger who can grant wishes. As she navigates family secrets and the challenges of growing up, Lily learns about the power of courage and imagination.


This middle-grade novel tells the story of a group of kids sent to a summer camp that bans all technology. As they navigate the challenges of being unplugged, the kids discover the joys of nature and the importance of being present at the moment.The best new children’s books for 2023 offer young readers a wide range of stories and experiences, from magical adventures to heartfelt messages about family and friendship.

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