april 2018 Best Children's Books

Updated Jun. 19, 2019
Don’t Blink! book
#121
Don’t Blink!
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by David Roberts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This interactive book may seem to be on your side, reluctant sleeper — but it’s truly a bedtime book in disguise! New from New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Amy Krouse Rosenthal and David Roberts! Here’s how it works: if you can avoid getting to the end of this book, you can avoid bedtime, simple as that. (It’s a pretty sweet deal, actually.) But each time you blink, you have to turn a page. Those are just the rules. So whatever you do, DON’T BLINK!

Can You Say It, Too? Stomp! Stomp! book
#122
Can You Say It, Too? Stomp! Stomp!
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Sebastien Braun
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Picture book. BOARD BOOK. PLEASE NOTE : lift-the-flap book. Featuring dinosaur noises, this is the next book in a stunning series of casebound, lift-the-flap board books for babies and toddlers. Five lavishly illustrated spreads, big, recessed flaps and a host of adorable animals to spot, name and mimic combine in this delightful little board book series for the very young. 1+

Indestructibles: Baby, Let's Eat! book
#123
Indestructibles: Baby, Let's Eat!
Written by Amy Pixton and illustrated by Stephan Lomp
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Books babies can really sink their gums into! INDESTRUCTIBLES are built for the way babies "read": with their hands and mouths. INDESTRUCTIBLES won't rip or tear and are 100% washable. They're made for baby to hold, grab, chew, pull, and bend. What green vegetable looks like a tree? Broccoli! Can you find a fruit that's small and yellow? Lemon! Can you pick out two berries so red and sweet? Raspberry and strawberry! Explore a rainbow of delicious foods in a book that's INDESTRUCTIBLE.

Happy Birthday to You! book
#124
Happy Birthday to You!
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Nicola Slater
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A group of musicians is traveling to a caf� for a surprise celebration. Press the buttons to hear them play their instruments . . . and join in with the whole band at the end to wish one little otter a very happy birthday! With a flute, guitar, violin, and piano, plus a rousing "big band" chorus and a splendid light-up birthday cake, this delightful little book makes the perfect birthday gift.

Superhero Dad book
#125
Superhero Dad
Written by Timothy Knapman and illustrated by Joe Berger
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

"Blazing with energy and saturated with love." -- Booklist Dad might not have a superhero mask or wear his underwear outside his pants, but his super snores can be heard a thousand miles away, he tells super-funny jokes, and he can even make super-scary monsters go away at bedtime! This vibrant, humorous, and warmhearted celebration of all the incredible things a dad can do is a fun tribute to the specialness of dads (and their superhero children!).

Back to the Future book
#126
Back to the Future
Written by and illustrated by Kim Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Great Scott!! The latest in Quirk's series of Pop Classic Picture Books (following HOME ALONE, THE X-FILES, and E.T.) takes readers on a wild time-traveling trip BACK TO THE FUTURE! The biggest movie of 1985 is now the wildest and wackiest picture book of 2018! Even 30 years after its theatrical debut, BACK TO THE FUTURE is a perennial favorite in classrooms and family movie nights across the country. This picture book by Kim Smith captures all the classic moments of the film. We'll follow teenage Marty McFly as he travels from 1985 to 1955, meets his parents (as teenagers), and teaches his father how to stand up to bullies. Complete with a time-traveling DeLorean, a crazy mad scientist companion, and a lightning-fueled finale!

I Thought I Saw a Dinosaur! book
#127
I Thought I Saw a Dinosaur!
Written by Templar Books and illustrated by Lydia Nichols
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Hide-and-seek fun with sturdy sliders! This silly but stylish slider book is sure to give little ones a giggle. They'll love joining in a game of hide-and-seek as they move the sliders to reveal the dinosaur hiding in every scene. Is it behind the sofa? Or in the shower? Just push the slider to find out! With beautiful artwork from Lydia Nichols, the whole family will enjoy reading and playing with this fresh new novelty series.

I Thought I Saw a Lion! book
#128
I Thought I Saw a Lion!
Written by Templar Books and illustrated by Lydia Nichols
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Hide-and-seek fun with sturdy sliders! This silly but stylish slider book is sure to give little ones a giggle. They'll love joining in a game of hide-and-seek as they move the sliders to reveal the lion hiding in every scene. Is it in the restaurant? Or at the beauty salon? Just push the slider to find out! With beautiful artwork from Lydia Nichols, the whole family will enjoy reading and playing with this fresh new novelty series.

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog book
#129
I Don’t Want to Be a Frog
Written by Dev Petty and illustrated by Mike Boldt
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that being himself isn’t so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-it-all-before father, young readers will identify with little Frog’s desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right.

Skip to the Loo! A Potty Book book
#130
Skip to the Loo! A Potty Book
Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Anita Jeram
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Sally Lloyd-Jones’s rollicking, rhythmic narration gets the party going in a book that simply rejoices in the call of nature. Everyone is invited to celebrate — from a lonely dodo to a wibbly woo, from Lord and Lady Huff Puff to an elephant in a tutu. But when the party is in full swing and everyone's on their potty, Bunny sees that someone very important is missing. Who could it be? Now in a board book edition — with a fun mirror on the final page!

Goldfish on Vacation book
#131
Goldfish on Vacation
Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Leo Espinosa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From a New York Times bestselling author and a rising-star illustrator comes a humorous tale based on an amazing-but-true story about the summer a city fountain was used as a goldfish pond. H, Little O, and Baby Em are stuck in the city for the summer with only their pet goldfish—Barracuda, Patch, and Fiss—for company. It’s looking like it might be a pretty boring vacation, but one day, something exciting happens. Someone starts fixing up the old fountain down the street—the one Grandpa says horses used to drink from before everyone had cars—and a sign appears: “Calling All Goldfish Looking for a Summer Home.” H, Little O, and Baby Em can’t wait to send their goldfish on vacation, and the fish, well, they seem pretty excited too. Based on the true story of Hamilton Fountain in New York City, this charming tale of one special summer will delight readers young and old. Author’s Note included.

Dinosaurium book
#132
Dinosaurium
Written by Lily Murray and illustrated by Chris Wormell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The newest title in the Welcome to the Museum series focuses its attention on the impressive beasts that once ruled the world: dinosaurs. With artwork from Chris Wormell, this stunningly curated guide to dinosaurs gives readers the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the pages of a beautiful book. Featuring a wonderful range of dinosaurs, from the much-loved triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex to lesser known species such as coelophysis and tsintaosaurus, Dinosaurium is a fascinating display of the impressive beasts that once ruled the world.

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