10 Children’s Books You’ll Want To Give This Christmas
Every Christmas, I always make sure to pick up at least a few new children’s books for the kids on my shopping list. It can be overwhelming choosing at times though- there’s SO many great books to choose from at the store! Check out this quick list I’ve put together of some of our favorite recent additions to our home library. You may find the perfect choice for the little readers on your list this Christmas!
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Items marked with ‘◘’ were received free in exchange for a possible review. As ALWAYS, all opinions here are my own!
The Girl Who Thought In Pictures (◘)
The story of Dr. Temple Grandin is presented in rhyme from Julia Finley Mosca. Dr. Grandin’s experience of living with autism, and working to become an animal science expert has been one of my favorites for a long time. (I read her own writing years ago, so was thrilled to discover a version perfect for my boys!) Daniel Rieley’s artwork helps to relay young Temple’s frustrations with not fitting in, and struggling to make sense of her place in the world. This book is great for both inspiring future scientists as well as reassuring those who may sometimes feel on the outskirts of social groupings.
The Doctor With An Eye For eyes (◘)
Julia Finley Mosca has written the story of Dr. Patricia Bath in sweet, lyrical rhymes. The verses tell the story of a young girl able to move beyond all the obstacles standing between her and her career goals. Dr. Barth conquered racism, sexism, and poverty on her journey towards a career as a physician. Daniel Rieley’s illustrations are sweet and comforting. It’s a perfect choice to inspire young girls, and show young boys how much women are capable of accomplishing.
A MATTER OF SURVIVAL
How To Survive As a Firefly (◘)
This fun picture book was written by Kristen Foote, and illustrated by Erica Salcedo. It’s a lively, engaging look at the life of a firefly. The book is sprinkled with fun facts. All the information is presented in a playful way that kids love learning from. The firefly illustrations are hysterical- prepare for giggles as you check out their kooky faces! Young readers will get a strong vocabulary boost after hearing words like larvae, metamorphosis, and bioluminescence.
How To Survive As A Shark (◘)
Another fun choice in the ‘How To Survive…’ series is Kristen Foote’s How To Survive As A Shark. This edition is a bit more text heavy than it’s firefly counterpart, but still just as fun and informative. Novel terms like apex predator, pectoral fin, and electroreception will keep your kids curious. Erica Salcedo’s sea creatures are silly without being scary, perfect for even the most timid ocean-goer!
QUIRKY AND CUTE
Vegetables In Underwear
I grabbed this one for #thelittleone recently. We’re hoping to potty train soon so I thought maybe some silly veggies in undies would be a good warm up for him. Jared Chapman has created such a silly little book. The vibrant veggies in their unmentionables make me smile, and always make my boys laugh. Use the bright, graphic illustrations to discuss types of produce and colors while you read through the book.
Semicolons, Cupcakes, And Cucumbers (◘)
Steve Newberry’s take on teaching punctuation has more substance than Vegetables In Underwear, but similarly bright and quirky imagery. The conversations between the punctuation is silly and will keep kids engaged in the reading. There’s so much humor in seeing exclamation points and question marks jumping on trampolines or walking through a forest. The ‘learning time’ section at the end of the book is the perfect review to make sure young readers took in the main ideas of the book.
HANDS ON FUN
I’m not going to lie, I think I love this ‘interactive recipe book’ more than my kiddos! Pancakes! is a sturdy board book, filled with fun, bold illustrations from Lotta Nieminen. Mixing, flipping, and pouring can all be acted out as you read through the recipe for making pancakes. There are a few other books in the series, and we can’t wait to check them out as well!
Nichole Mara has written such a fun little look-and-find book in All Aboard! The book is perfect for engaging toddlers is hunting for objects, talking about colors, and counting. The bright, clear illustrations from Andrew Kolb make it easy to adapt the seek-and-find to whatever skills you may be working on currently, or tailor them to your child’s interests. The fold out format gives the book a bit of novelty appeal that kids will find exciting.
INSPIRED BY HISTORY
The Journey That Saved Curious George
Growing up, my ‘lovey’ was a plush Curious George doll. I had all the books, and loved everything about that silly primate. It was a bit of selfish nostalgia that prompted me to pick up Louise Borden’s tale of ‘the true wartime escape of Margaret and H.A. Rey’ for #thebigone. He’s been very interested in biographies and non-fiction for several months now, so it’s been a perfect choice for him. It chronicles the Rey’s departure from Paris on bicycle in 1940, saving themselves and their famous books from Hitler’s troops. Allan Drummond has provided beautiful gestural illustrations, filled with washes of color. The book is also filled with authentic photos and other period documents, which help kids truly feel that they have uncovered a bit of history.
Tru & Nelle A Christmas Tale (◘)
G. Neri’s Christmas novel was inspired by the friendship of Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee. As part of #thebigone’s recent love for history and biographies, I’ve enjoyed helping him see that famous folks started as people just like us. Although this isn’t a true biography, it is a wonderful way to peek at the ‘normalcy’ of two hugely famous writers. It’s a sequel to Neri’s earlier True & Nelle- both make beautiful chapter book read alouds to share with your kiddos.
ARE YOU GIVING YOUR CHILDREN BOOKS THIS CHRISTMAS? WHICH ONES? TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CHOICES IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!