With 2018 quickly drawing to a close, we look back at the year and some of the best books for kids. Check out the list below for a variety of the best reads for kids of varying ages!
LOVE by Matt de la Peña
This book explores all the ways that we see, feel, and experience love from the first days of life through childhood and beyond.
Star in the Jar by Sam Hay
The charming plot about helping a lost star get home enchanted our little readers. Parents loved that the book’s one or two sentences per page put it in the zone of being satisfying without being tedious. The book also includes a magical ending.
Hello Hello by Brenden Wenzel
Hello Hello is a gorgeous and cheerful celebration of animals of all shapes and sizes, including 30 endangered species, that will inspire children to care for all of the world’s wild creatures.
Snowglobe by Amy Wilson
The heroine Snowglobe is Clementine, a dreamy 12 year-old who is bullied at school, and whose mother has mysteriously vanished. One day, Clementine discovers a house in her town that she has never seen before, and enters to find it full of snowglobes.
Among those trapped is Dylan, a former school adversary, who relies on her to use her newly discovered magic to set him free. As she sets out to release the prisoners, Clementine finds herself caught between warring factions, and pitted against the terrifying spirit Ganymede, who rules over the globes.
Wilson feels at home in fairytale landscapes. Snowglobe is ambitious but Wilson has left every thread of the narrative neatly tied. And her prose, like the star-studded landscape, never loses its shine.
I’ve Love You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb
Kotb’s inspiration for the book was the adoption of her baby girl, Haley Joy, and the love that exists everywhere between parents and their children. The lyrical text will keep adults interested while reading the book over and over, and gorgeous photos will keep the little ones coming back for more.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
Every parent sees the infinite potential in his or her child, and Emily Winfield Martin uses rhythmic rhyme in her story to express all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their kids. It also encourages kids to be kind and caring and help others when needed, which is a life lesson we all should be reminded of. Readers called it sweet and simple, beautifully written and illustrated. Many reviewers note this a great gift for baby showers, birthdays, and any other special occasions.
A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano
Have you ever wanted to walk inside an abandoned house? Or wondered who lived there before the vines crept over the windows and the floorboards began to sag? Author Julie Fogliano let two children’s imaginations run wild as they try to tell the story of a home’s previous inhabitants.
The Big Book of Blue by Yuval Zommer
While kid readers were enthralled by the variety of sea creatures, parents appreciated the book’s clear organization. Each of 25+ spreads starts with a question that sounds like one a kid might ask, such as “Does a flying fish really fly?” and “Why is a whale so big?” A scavenger hunt for 15 sardines scattered throughout the book adds another layer.
Drawn Together by Minh Lê and Dan Santat
A multigenerational picture book that finds a boy and his grandfather struggling to communicate without a common language, until they discover their shared love of storytelling through art. Drawn Together explodes with color and emotion.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon has been around for years, but it still shows up on best-seller lists, and for good reason. Kids love hearing all about the great green room and all of the quirky things it contains, and they love to say goodnight to each item, one by one, along with the little bunny who lives in the room. Meanwhile, parents find that reading this book over and over again — with its rhythmic lyrics — isn’t so tedious. Pick up a copy soon to start saying goodnight to each and every object in the room with your own kid.