april 2018 Best Children's Books

Updated Jun. 17, 2019
Luna and the Moon Rabbit book
#37
Luna and the Moon Rabbit
Written and illustrated by Camille Whitcher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A dreamy fairy tale about a rabbit who lives on the moon . . . and comes down to visit a little girl. Inspired by Asian folklore (Moon Rabbit) and the films of Studio Ghibli, this magical tale follows a young girl who befriends the "moon rabbit" and accompanies him on a nighttime adventure through otherworldly landscapes. Parents and children alike will be mesmerized by the enchanting illustrations and a soothing bedtime story that explores the power of imagination, the importance of friendship, and the beauty of the natural world.

Aquarium book
#38
Aquarium
Written and illustrated by Cynthia Alonso
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A girl ventures to the water's edge, dreaming of a new friend. And, just like that, a beguiling red fish leaps into her life. But is friendship a sea these two can navigate together? From debut Argentinian author-illustrator Cynthia Alonso comes a wordless picture book about the timeless beauty of nature, the transcendent power of connection, and the importance of letting go.

Free Association Where My Mind Goes During Science Class book
#39
Free Association Where My Mind Goes During Science Class
Written by Barbara Esham and illustrated by Mike Gordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses is meant to demonstrate various forms of learning, creativity, and intelligence. Each book introduces a realistic example of triumph over difficulty in a positive, humorous way that readers of all ages will enjoy! Have you ever started to think about one thing and ended up thinking about something completely different? Emily does it all the time. For example, today her science class was learning about the Arctic Circle. Emily was following along, but then she suddenly became distracted by one of her adventurous ideas. Her teacher is worried that Emily isn't paying attention to the information in class. Will Emily find a way to --she just needs an outlet for her extra thoughts. This sweet and humorous story is the perfect introduction to exploring creative outlets for wandering minds. Readers of all ages will enjoy the message that distracted thinking doesn't necessarily mean you're not paying attention. Praise for the series: "This is a wonderful book series. Each story shows children that success is about effort and determination, that problems need not derail them, and that adults can understand their worries and struggles. My research demonstrates that these lessons are essential for children."--Dr. Carol S. Dweck

The Magic Garden book
#40
The Magic Garden
Written and illustrated by Carme Lemniscates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Just like the passing of the seasons, or the mysterious transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly, in this garden, everything is continually changing. With gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful story of a young girl discovering the marvels of nature, The Magic Garden is sure to delight young readers. At the end, the mysteries uncovered in the story are explained, so children can get their questions about the natural world answered, including sections on how bees make honey, why some animals camouflage themselves, and how a seed grows into a tree. Learning about nature has never been more enchanting!

Last to Finish, a Story about the Smartest Boy in Math Class book
#41
Last to Finish, a Story about the Smartest Boy in Math Class
Written by Barbara Esham and illustrated by Mike Gordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses is meant to demonstrate various forms of learning, creativity, and intelligence. Each book introduces a realistic example of triumph over difficulty in a positive, humorous way that readers of all ages will enjoy! Max is convinced he will never succeed at memorizing his multiplication facts. When it's time for a test, one by one, Max's classmates turn in their finished papers before the timer rings. Not Max. As soon as the teacher starts the timer, his heart begins to pound, his hands begin to sweat, and his brain freezes! He is always the last to finish...and sometimes the other kids tease him about it. Is Max the worst math student ever? This positive story is perfect for anyone who has ever struggled with learning by memorization. Readers of all ages will discover that struggles don't always mean you're bad at something, but that maybe you just learn differently from others. "Children and teachers alike will celebrate the message, conveyed poignantly in Last to Finish, that 'mathematics is much more than memorizing math facts and taking timed tests'...Esham richly captures the dilemma when one such youngster encounters difficulties with memorizing math facts but, in fact, is a deep thinker of mathematics just the same. The reader will discover that the solution is both true and simple." --Dr. Susan Baum, The College of New Rochelle Professor Emeritus, Gifted Education Praise for the series: "This is a wonderful book series. Each story shows children that success is about effort and determination, that problems need not derail them, and that adults can understand their worries and struggles. My research demonstrates that these lessons are essential for children." --Dr. Carol S. Dweck

Fania's Heart book
#43
Fania's Heart
Written by Anne Renaud and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Ten-year-old Sorale discovers a tiny heart-shaped book among her mother’s belongings. Its pages are shaped like four-petaled flowers, upon which are written words in languages Sorale does not understand. Who wrote these words? Where did the heart come from? Why has her mother never mentioned this tiny book before? Fania’s Heart reveals the story of the crafting of the heart, against all odds, within the confines of Auschwitz, and of the women of immeasurable resilience, courage and loyalty who risked their lives for Sorale’s mother, their friend.

100 First Words for Little Geeks book
#44
100 First Words for Little Geeks
Written by Brooke Jorden and illustrated by Kyle Kershner, Brooke Jorden
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

There's a TARDIS cookie jar in our kitchen. A Picard air freshener in our car. And we won't even mention Harry Potter in the bathroom. We're geeks and proud of it! But is there nothing for baby? Inconceivable! Introducing 100 First Words for Little Geeks, a deliciously nerdy primer for kids learning their first words! Forget apple and dog. Little geeks are ready for holy grail, warp core, and intergalactic catastrophe (okay, forget that last one, but they'll learn tribble and that's about the same thing). Packed with hilarious illustrations and 100 words every geek baby should know (before any others, of course), 100 First Words for Little Geeks is the perfect board book for geek families everywhere. Great Scott!

F Is for Fairy book
#45
F Is for Fairy
Written by Debbie Schramer and illustrated by Mike Schramer, Debbie Schramer
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Venture into a fairy village and learn the ABCs of the fairy world! Featuring stunning photography and art from the bestselling Fairy House, this adorable board book brings magic and wonder to the typical alphabet primer.

Krista Kim-Bap book
#46
Krista Kim-Bap
Written and illustrated by Angela Ahn
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-13

Krista and Jason have been best friends since preschool. It never mattered that he was a boy with reddish brown hair and she was “the Korean girl” at school. Now in fifth grade, everyone in their class is preparing their Heritage Month projects. Jason has always loved Krista’s Korean family, and particularly her mom’s cooking, but Krista is conflicted about being her school’s “Korean Ambassador.” She’s also worried about asking her intimidating grandma to teach the class how to cook their traditional kim-bap. Combine that with her new friends pulling her away from Jason, and Krista has a lot to deal with this year!

Let's Point! book
#47
Let's Point!
Written by Carol McDougal and illustrated by Shanda LaRamee Jones, Carol McDougal
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Babies learn to point at various objects in their world. When baby reaches about twelve months of age, pointing becomes a powerful way to communicate. Let’s Point! features photos of curious and wonder-filled babies pointing at the many interesting things around them. Foil-embellished images of everyday objects, accompanied by simple text, invite babies to engage in their own pointing and encourage early communication and conversation between parent and child. A perfect first-birthday gift and ideal for early literacy programs, Let’s Point! will excite babies’ curiosity about the world around them.

Kindness Makes the World Go Round book
#48
Kindness Makes the World Go Round
Written and illustrated by Sesame Workshop
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Elmo's mom has gifted him a camera! What a wonderful surprise and generous act of kindness! "Elmo snapped a few photos, then a thought came to mind "Does Elmo know what it means to be kind? To be humble and selfless and honest and true" Elmo set off to find out just what he knew!" Journey with Elmo to find the true meaning of kindness, exploring all of the kind characters and gestures that Sesame Street has to offer and creating a beautiful scrapbook along the way!

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