january 2019 Best Children's Books

On My Way to School book
On My Way to School
Written by Mark Andrew Weakland and illustrated by Rea Zhai
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

How do I get to school? While lots of students hop on a bus, On My Way to School explores some alternative methods used by kids around the world, including trains, subways, bikes, and boats. It's a transportation treat for young readers, narrated in 1st-person by a fellow student and accompanied by bright, full-color illustrations.

Who's Who at School book
Who's Who at School
Written by Mark Andrew Weakland and illustrated by Nina de Polonia-Nill
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Who will I meet at school? All the people inside the cheerfully illustrated Who's Who at School care about kids from the principal to the music teacher, the school nurse to the cooks and custodians. A 1st-person student narrator introduces young readers to common members of a diverse elementary-school community and explains the work they do.

Kachoo ABC book
Kachoo ABC
Written by Tina Scotford and illustrated by Frans Groenewald
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Kachoo's adventures are back again but this time we are being taught to count and say our ABC. Set in the Land of Kachoo, we are introduced to all the familiar Kachoo animals in amusing attire performing interesting actions. Follow the animals from 1-20 and A-Z: from our sharp-toothed friends the crocodiles; the fierce lions who are proudly parading; the flamingos preparing for flight and the moles that are digging without light; to the gigantic elephants trumpeting while the bats are bustling. Filled with colourful animations and clever puns, this is a book for both children and parents to enjoy.

My First Day at School book
My First Day at School
Written by Thomas Kingsley Troupe and illustrated by Kat Uno
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

What's the first day of kindergarten like? Covering all the basics, from lockers and bathroom etiquette to playground rules and afternoon snack time, My First Day of School walks young readers through a typical first, first day of school, complete with kid-friendly, 1st-person narration and playful yet realistic illustrations.

Puppy Talk: Opposites book
Puppy Talk: Opposites
Written and illustrated by J C Coates
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Ten playful puppies want to talk about opposites!

  1. Schools Have Rules - What rules do I need to follow at school? In Schools Have Rules, young readers learn that being part of a strong, diverse school community means raising your hand, taking turns, being kind, listening ... Paired with playful yet realistic illustrations, a 1st-person student narrator shows kids best practices, focusing on character education aspects.

  2. Ariba - Marcus' joy over a new pair of shoes reminds his grandfather of an old story about a boy named Ariba and his adventure-loving shoes. Every time Ariba put his shoes on, something crazy would happen. Once they even took him climbing to the peak of the yellow mountain! But one day, Ariba decides he's going to move from his small village to the city on the other side of the mountains. When he arrives, he buys all new things--including a new pair of shoes. His new life has no room for the old pair. And yet, wouldn't you know it? No matter what he does, the shoes keep finding their way back to him...

  3. Good Night Taj Mahal - This delightful and educational board book tours little explorers around the magical city of Agra. Children will discover all of their favorite landmarks and attractions, including Taj Mahal, Mehtab Bagh Gardens, Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Kinari bazaar, Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, Rambagh Gardens, Sadar Bazaar, Sikandra, Fatehpur Sikri and more. This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting, child-friendly themes. Many of India's most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for India's natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area's attractions as rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place.

  4. Max's Football Dream - Follow Max and his fantastic imagination as he leads you through his exciting adventures! In Max's Football Dream, If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It!, read along as Max has his first experience with the sport of football and wonder at the ideas and goals it inspires in his young mind! Our goal in making the Max's Dream Series is to empower children. The stories are written to get them thinking and dreaming about life's wonderful possibilities. Dream Big and Go For It!

Gondola To Danger book
Gondola To Danger
Written and illustrated by Robert Quackenbush
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

World-famous duck-tective Miss Mallard tries to track down a missing masterpiece in this engaging Aladdin QUIX mystery. Miss Mallard finds herself chasing a stolen masterpiece through Venice’s maze of canals while attending an opera festival.

My First Book About Physics book
My First Book About Physics
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Physics is fun! It's all about pushing and pulling, running and jumping, rainbows and rockets — it's even about sports! Physics involves the sun and the moon and all the things around you, including how you use energy and how animals and plants do, too. This is the book you'll want to use to discover fascinating facts about gravity, light, heat, sound, and other wonders such as thunder and lightning and volcanoes. Find out how things move, how you see and hear, what electricity is, and what's inside an atom. These 46 detailed, full-page illustrations with easy-to-understand captions will introduce you to the most basic concepts of physics, using memorable examples drawn from nature.

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