Happy Tuesday Savvy Readers! I’m not sure about you, but my nieces and nephews are getting restless stuck at home, but fortunately, a good book still seems to settle them down. So, whether you’re looking for a gift for the kids on your shopping list or you’re a parent looking for the perfect read-aloud to put an end to the screaming-out-loud, check out our list of books to read with your kids!
Boxitects by Kim Smith
The perfect book to transition to activity with, Meg is a brilliant and creative boxitect. She loves building extraordinary things out of ordinary cardboard boxes and impressing her classmates with what she creates. But then a new kid comes to Maker School: Simone. Simone is good at everything. Worst of all, she’s a boxitect too! Will Meg and Simone find a way to push past their rivalry and join creative forces?
Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.
The Good Egg by Jory John and Pete Oswald
Meet the good egg. He’s a verrrrrry good egg indeed. But trying to be so good is hard when everyone else is plain ol’ rotten. As the other eggs in the dozen behave badly, the good egg starts to crack from all the pressure of feeling like he has to be perfect. So, he decides enough is enough! It’s time for him to make a change… Dynamic duo Jory John and Pete Oswald hatch a funny and charming story that reminds us of the importance of balance, self-care, and accepting those we love (even if they are sometimes a bit rotten).
The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry and The Fan Brothers
Bestselling author Beth Ferry and the widely acclaimed Fan Brothers present a gorgeous and poignant picture book about two unexpected friends and the special connection they share. This tender and affectionate story reminds us of the comforting power of friendship and the joy of helping others—a tale that will inspire and delight children for generations to come.
Girls and boys both benefit from being reminded of how special they are! Told with tenderness and charm, Dear Boy and Dear Girl are open love letters to the special boy or girl in your life! Heartwarming and inspiring, each of these classic read-aloud books encourages children to be who they are, inside and out.
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex
From acclaimed, bestselling creators Drew Daywalt, author of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, and Adam Rex, author-illustrator of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, comes a laugh-out-loud hilarious picture book about the epic tale of the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Maurice Sendak‘s Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children’s books of all time. A must for every child’s bookshelf. This picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling for children ages 4 to 6.
Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee and Sandy Nichols
A slice of Alligator Pie-sized for little ones! One of the best-loved Canadian poems of all time, “Alligator Pie” established Dennis Lee‘s reputation as “Canada’s Father Goose” when it appeared in his classic poetry collection of the same name in 1974. Now Lee’s timeless rhyme is paired with striking artwork by Sandy Nichols, winner of a nationwide competition to find the perfect illustrator for the iconic poem. This special 40th-anniversary board book will stand up to re-readings for years to come and is a must-have for every baby and preschooler’s library.
Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick and Stephanie Blackall
The remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh! During World War I, Captain Harry Colebourn, a Canadian veterinarian on his way to serve with cavalry units in Europe, rescued a bear cub in White River, Ontario. He named the bear Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter Lindsay Mattick recounts their incredible journey, from a northern Canadian town to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England… and finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made a new friend: a boy named Christopher Robin.
Two classic board books, perfect for little ones just learning to read! I Am a Beaver and I Am a Polar Bear celebrate a day in the life of two of Canada’s most iconic animals, from nationally celebrated and bestselling creator Paul Covello.
Well Savvy Readers, whether you’re at home with your kids or you’re looking for ideas for your next gift, I hope you enjoyed our list of books to read with your kids! Tell me, how many of these books do you recognize, and which one would you be most likely to buy for the little ones in your life? Comment below or tweet us @SavvyReader.