Looking for something new to read with your little ones? When parents and nannies read aloud to children, their imagination is stimulated and their understanding of the world expands. Plus, it helps the development of their learning and listening skills, while also getting them ready to read and write on their own. To help you get started, here are some new children’s book recommendations from the Association for Library Service to Children.
1. Beak & Ally #1: Unlikely Friends
By Norm Feuti. Despite Beak the bird’s bubbly attempts to befriend Ally, the alligator is content to be alone, until a party invitation and a chance encounter with a Long-Billed Party Pooper remind her of what’s important. (A 2022 Geisel Honor Book)
2. Have You Ever Seen a Flower?
By Shawn Harris. A young child leaves the drab city for a multi-sensory experience among effervescent flowers in this electric celebration of our connection to, and place within, the natural world. (A 2022 Caldecott Honor Book)
3. Fox at Night
By Corey R. Tabor. Equipped with a pair of binoculars, Fox encounters nocturnal forest creatures who offer to help Fox realize the night is full of friends, not monsters—but are they correct? (The 2022 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner)
4. Mel Fell
By Corey R. Tabor. As Mel the kingfisher plunges from a treetop on her first flight, readers are invited to turn the book sideways and upside-down as they follow her journey. (A 2022 Caldecott Honor Book)
By Andrea Wang. A Chinese American girl, too embarrassed to eat the watercress her family picked from the roadside, learns of her mother’s childhood experience with famine in China. (The 2022 Caldecott Medal winner and a 2022 Newbery Honor Book)
Check out the ALSC’s full list of Notable Books, then get started on your journey with your little readers!
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