Did you know about the Association for Library Service to Children? Don’t worry, I didn’t either until a few years ago. This organization is excellent at making book recommendations each year. You may think toddlers don’t need much in the way of a book. They do. Aside from colors and word association, they are learning early about life. Teaching family values can happen by reading certain books. Here are my recommendations on books you should be buying this year.
Baby Monkey, Private Eye
Brian Selznick and David Serlin has paired up to bring an early chapter book. Baby monkey is solving mysteries in a fun way. It’s presented for preschoolers and those who are starting to read.
A Big Mooncake For Little Star
Grace Lin brings this special book that teaches a lesson about patience. Mama bakes a mooncake and Little Star doesn’t want to wait for it to cool. You can take time to read this after your child shows some impatience.
The Day You Begin
Written by Jacqueline Woodson, it’s a great book for your young one when starting preschool. It’s a story about one little girl who starts a new class. She learns how to join in with her classmates who are all different from her.
Don’t Touch My Hair!
Sharee Miller set out to write about boundaries and consent for our young ones. Featuring a spunky heroine and use of humor to spread the message. If you are wanting to teach boundaries and consent, start with this book.
The Fox On The Swing
This was first published in Lithuania and written by Evelina Daciūtė. A picture book where a fox invites a boy to explore his feelings. This is a great way to teach about emotions and healthy expression in your toddler.
How Raven Got His Crooked Nose: An Alaskan Dena’ ina Fable
Barbara and Ethan Atwater teamed up to create the perfect book about this old tale. The main character is a Grandmother. She tells the story of the trickster Raven and his missing nose. The story stresses the importance of patience.
Written by Junot Diaz, this is an exploration of a culture. A young girl gathers stories from her Dominican community for a school project. Young Dominican children can learn from the stories. Non-Dominican children can learn about another culture.
King and Kayla And The Missing Tooth
Dori Hillestad Butler brings us a fun tale of a mystery. Kayla’s tooth disappears from the tooth pillow. She and her dog, King, go on a search to find out where the tooth went.
Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma
Keith Calabrese shares the story of Lena and her nervous shoes. As Lena begins Kindergarten in a new school, she must convince her shoes not to be nervous. Perfect for your preschooler or your kindergartener.
Let The Children March
Monica Clark-Robinson helps us teach our children some important values. The story tells of a youngster joining a Children’s Crusade. It helps teach the importance of standing up for your beliefs. It will also teach them how to make change in the world as they grow.