It’s no secret that reading with your children can become a source of family bonding. Reading is unique in that it is an activity that grows with your child throughout their early years, and so on as they venture through school and even into adulthood!
Not only are books a great way to instill an appreciation for learning and exploring, but it’s also a time for you and your little bookworm to come together. Reading is a safe space to encourage their big, bold and beautiful imaginations, challenge them to see things from different angles, and gently encourage them to ask questions. Ditch the screen time and grab one of those paintings or picture books instead.
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Here is our pick of the best children’s books of 2021.
1. A busy year by Leo Lionni
In this cute hardback book, two mice named Winnie and Willie befriend a growing tree named Woody, who teaches them about the different seasons over the course of a year.
2. Eyes that kiss in the corners by Joanna Ho
A New York Times best-selling picture book, Eyes kissing in the corners tells the story of a young Asian girl’s journey to self-esteem and the discovery of her inner beauty after noticing that her eyes and those of her family were different from those of her other friends and their families.
4. Jungle Night by Sandra Boynton with music by Yo-Yo Ma
Say hello to your child’s favorite new bedtime story! This two-for-one purchase comes with a copy of Jungle night, an adorable hardback book that illustrates different animals sleeping peacefully in the jungle, accompanied by instrumental melodies by the famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
5. Ambitious daughter of Meena Harris
Written by Meena Harris (niece of Vice President Kamala Harris), Ambitious girl is a beautiful illustrated story about perseverance, empowerment, dreams and owning your voice.
6. Are you a cheeseburger? by Monica Arnaldo
Grub is a very hungry raccoon who scours the trash for food. This is where Grub meets Seed, a tiny little seed waiting to be planted so it can become something. What exactly? Well, Seed doesn’t know that yet. Grub hopes it’s a cheeseburger tree, but these new best friends will both have to wait to find out!
8. Hello, World! Cars and Trucks by Jill McDonald
This logbook features brightly colored cars and trucks, their powerful engine sounds, and easy-to-understand facts. Kids will learn all about fire trucks, garbage trucks, taxis, race cars and even tow trucks!
9. Meghan’s bench, the Duchess of Sussex
Meghan Markle’s first children’s book, The bench, is an ode to the romantic relationship between Prince Harry and their son, Archie. Though told from Meghan’s perspective, her feeling – the special bond between a father and son – is universal.
10. My Monster and I by Nadiya Hussain
Nadiya Hussain, who you may remember as the winner of season six of The Great British Pastry Fair– gently start a conversation about worries and anxieties that children may feel, but may not know how to express them.
11. I don’t want to read this book by Max Greenfield
Whether your child despises reading or doesn’t get enough, you’ll both roll on the floor in laughter after reading actor Max Greenfield’s brand new picture book. I don’t want to read this. Filled with 40 pages of bright illustrations and fun thoughts, this book is ideal for those who like really quick reads or storylines that don’t require a lot of attention.
12. Gigi in the White House by Giovanna McBride
Travel back in time and follow young Gigi McBride showing you around the White House, which she grew up visiting while her mother worked under the administration of George W. Bush. You will hear about the famous Easter Egg Roll, July 4th, Halloween and Christmas. You can even meet her wonderful new friends, such as First Lady Laura Bush, members of the Secret Service, the White House Florist and more!
14. Channing Tatum’s one and only Sparkella
Actor Channing Tatum is officially an author of children’s books, and he puts his father’s knowledge on paper to remind little girls around the world that they are beautiful no matter what, even if someone else is. school don’t like their glittery disco ball shoes.
15. My Brave Little Girl by Hilary Duff
A stimulating love letter to girls around the world, My brave little girl teach young women that there is no such thing as a dream that is too big. And, with the support of those around you, especially your mom, the world is your oyster.