Best Children's Books About Names

5 Children's Books About Names

Updated Jan. 18, 2019
Alma and How She Got Her Name book
#1
Alma and How She Got Her Name
Written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What's in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from -- and who she may one day be. If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; Jose, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all -- and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.

Andi Unexpected book
#2
Andi Unexpected
Written by Amanda Flower
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The first in a new middle-grade mystery series, in Andi Unexpected, twelve-year-old Andi Boggs, discovers evidence of her forgotten namesake, a missing relative, which leads her into a family mystery rooted in the Great Depression.

Quit Calling Me a Monster! book
#3
Quit Calling Me a Monster!
Written and illustrated by Jory John
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A young monster resents being called a monster.

The Steves book
#4
The Steves
Written and illustrated by Morag Hood
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When puffin Steve meets puffin Steve, neither can believe it. Surely one of them must be the first Steve, the best Steve, the Stevest of Steves… The claims of each bird become sillier and sillier as the argument descends into name-calling—until both Steves realize there's really no need to fight over a name.

Daddy's Cheeky Monkey book
#5
Daddy's Cheeky Monkey
Written by Andrew Daddo and illustrated by Emma Quay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

A delightful picture book about all the cheeky names daddies give to their little ones. Someone's pretending to be asleep, but Daddy's cheeky monkey is awake and soon the whole house will be a zoo! From the team who brought you GOODNIGHT, ME comes a gorgeous picture book about the cheeky names daddies give to their little ones.

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