january 2019 Best Children's Books

Gracie Laroo at Training Camp book
Gracie Laroo at Training Camp
Written by Marsha Qualey and illustrated by Kristyna Litten
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-7

Training camp has opened, and Gracie LaRoo is excited to be back with her synchronized swimming team, the Water Sprites--but the other members of the team seem strangely uninterested in training, and it will be up to Gracie to set an example with a perfect triple spin.

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.

Baby Loves the Five Senses: Hearing! book
Baby Loves the Five Senses: Hearing!
Written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners. Baby loves the five senses! Accurate enough for experts, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the science of sound and hearing. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well.

The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung book
The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung
Written by Samantha R Vamos and illustrated by Sebastià Serra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This is the bilingual story of the farm maiden and her cadre of animals, who craft a festive piñata for a surprise celebration. "The Piñata That the Farm Maiden Hung" is a beautiful and lively companion to the award-winning "The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred." A young girl sets out on errands for the day, and while she’s gone, the farm maiden prepares a piñata with help from a boy, horse, goose, cat, sheep, and farmer. After they all fall asleep in the afternoon sun, they must hurry to finish preparations in time. Key English words change to Spanish as the cumulative verse builds to the celebratory ending. With the familiarity of “The House That Jack Built,” the tale cleverly incorporates Spanish words, adding a new one in place of the English word from the previous page. This book makes learning the language easy and fun. Back matter includes a glossary, definitions, and directions for making a piñata at home.

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

Ten playful puppies teach little ones about opposites in this cutely photographed concept book. Max the Boston terrier and his friends show the difference between near and far, awake and asleep, dry and wet, and more. Full color.

Schools Have Rules book
Schools Have Rules
Written by Thomas Kingsley Troupe and illustrated by Rea Zhai
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

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.

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