Santa’s Book List: Best Books of 2015 for the Kids!
In a season full of traditions, this a new favorite of mine: hearing Valerie Lewis’ book recommendations of new publications for our littlest readers. This is my second year attending one of her presentations but Valerie has been doing this for a long time: she founded Hicklebee’s in 1979 and is an author herself. I happen to live very close to the wonderful book store that serves as her home base and have decided it is the least I can do to pass on her fantastic & thorough list of book recommendations for all to enjoy. And just in time for holiday gift-giving (you’re welcome)!
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins – this will have children laughing as they follow the story of goslings who imprint on a grumpy bear named Bruce
Cry Baby by
We Forgot Brock by Carter Goodrich – (Hicklebee’s book of the year!) a story about a boy’s unwavering search for his imaginary friend who gets lost
Imaginary Fred by – another book about the importance of an imaginary friend
Harper Collins Treasury of Picture Book Classics – Valerie Lewis worked with Harper Collins to create this book of the stories they hope will not go out of print (the pro: the book uses the full-sized illustrations from all the originals / the con: it weighs 5 lbs!)
Ask Me by
One Family by George Shannon and Blanca Gomez – a book that explores the various dynamics, cultures and races that make up a family
One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck – a great story & a book that embodies how important it is to capture what different families really look like so kids can find themselves in books
The Red Hat by David Teague – a book about making a friend with a little hint of a love story
Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah E. Harrison – a cranky cat learns she can work through her own crankiness by brightening her friends’ days
Felix Stands Tall by Rosemary Wells – Felix makes a new best friend & learns how to stay true to himself when he gets teased
Lizard from the Park by Mark Pett – a boy has to find a way to get his pet lizard back to where he came from after he grows from a tiny lizard to a dinosaur-sized pal
Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead – a sweet story about overcoming fears
Thank You & Goodnight by Patrick McDonnell – a story with sweet illustrations about animals who go on a sleepover and, as Valerie Lewis says, ends just the way you would want a book to end: remembering everything they are thankful for at the end of the day
Two Mice by – counting & problem solving
8: an Animal Alphabet by Elisha Cooper – counting & alphabet
How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom by Steve Jenkins – a funny & imaginative way to show how animals really do what they do
A Chicken Followed Me Home by Robin Page – a picture book full of facts in a question-and-answer format just for kids
I’m Cool by
Water Rolls, Water Rises by Pat Mora – a poetic book about water and places around the world
Water is Water by Miranda Paul – beautifully illustrated, this book follows
a group of kids as it becomes steam or ice or snow or mist
Frog on a Log? by Kes Gray – fun rhymes, full of humor & alliterations
R is for Rocket by Tad Hills – more fun with the alphabet & words
The Wonder by
The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski – a girl has to come up with her own stories from the pictures she sees in a magical book
May you have a cozy holiday season sharing the wonder of reading with your children curled up in your laps!
p.s. If you didn’t find what you’re looking for check out last year’s post, which also includes recommendations for Good First Chapter Books, Books About Friendship, Holiday Books, Books for Construction Lovers & even more options from the categories in this post!