The Best New Children’s Books of the Year

When it comes to children’s books, the classics are classics for a reason. But even in a literary landscape as densely populated as this, we never fail to be amazed by the continued rise of new and noteworthy reads for our kids that are likely to become the classics of a new generation. Here are a few of the ones that we think deserve some well-allotted space on your little ones’ bookshelf.

The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler
This sweet story of a hardworking digger that has a change of heart when he encounters a flower in the rubble comes with a powerful message about the environment.


I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein
When a little housecat meets a host of bigger cats (lions, tigers, and more, oh my!) he learns a thing or two about both being an individual and being part of a community – and so will your young readers.



How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk
Get an early start on introducing your little ones to technology and coding with this funny picture book about working with a robot to build a sandcastle.



Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly
This heartwarming story follows a giraffe who feels like an outcast in a new town and at a new school, but who soon learns that sometimes all it takes is one good friend and the confidence to be yourself to help you find your place – even if you stick out a bit while doing it.



Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Delight young girls and boys alike with this true story of the four remarkable African American women who helped NASA put the first men in space. This book gives kids a dose of math, history, and inspiration to reach for the stars.



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