We loved these books and will repeat reading them every often. This time many of our story picks are must-read.
Best Book - Overall
# 1 Change Sings
Amanda Gorman's lovely book will push children to accept the world and become more empathetic. Make them even more determined to make the world better for all. The illustrations are bright, playful, and suitable for the story. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.
Amanda Gorman's beautiful anthem in Change Sings, gorgeously illustrated by Loren Long, will inspire children to be more compassionate, collaborative, and accepting of the world around them.
# 2 The Littlest Yak
Little Gertie is one of those kids who is self-conscious about her size until she realizes it is the only way she can accomplish something as monumental as saving a life. The charming and enjoyable illustrations will undoubtedly make children fall in love with the little yak. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.
The beautifully illustrated The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser and Kate Hindley teaches children the importance of accepting themselves to enjoy every moment of life.
# 3 A Different Pond
The story is told by a child whose parents fled a war-torn country and struggled to make ends meet in a new country while dealing with tragic events back home. While the author tinges on this simple story about a fishing trip with Dad with sadness but tells it gently without frightening young readers. Superb illustrations beautifully complemented the book’s graphic-styled design. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.
In Bao Phi’s A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, the delicate tale of a little boy’s reflection on his early years, weaving in his parents’ attempt to reconcile with their past while surviving in the present, will force you to be less judgmental and empathetic with everyone around you.
Best Book - Illustration
# 1 Ten Beautiful Things
The book beautifully captures the emotions of a young girl and a wise grandmother through its captivating illustrations. The story progresses from sadness to reconciliation and bonding. But small children may need help in understanding the storyline. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.
Ten Beautiful Things by Molly Beth Griffin is a skillfully told tale of a little girl's emotional healing with mesmerizing illustrations by Maribel Lechuga.
# 2 Grandma's Kitchen
The book is a nostalgic journey through the memories of a young girl and her incredible time with her grandmother and sister. The illustrations brilliantly capture the story's sentiments and emotions. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.
In Tricia Gardella's thoughtful tribute, Grandma's Kitchen, Karen Donnelly's illustrations masterfully capture a little girl's sweet times with her grandmother.
# 3 The Year We Learned to Fly!
Children can learn how to better face and accept their issues by using creativity and persistence. It might also be a conversation starter with kids about your childhood stories. In addition, the bright illustrations effectively depict the story. Check our full review by clicking on the book icon.
The Year We Learned to Fly by Jacqueline Woodson, and Rafael López is a beautiful bedtime story about overcoming fear and problems through imagination.