30 children’s books your kids will love
Posted by Associated Press on 14th February 2018

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A hilarious camp story about a cat who thinks she’s a puppy and ends up at dog camp. All she wants is 22 hours a day of sleep and food to be delivered morning and night, but now she’s “ruffing” it at camp. Recommended for readers age 7-10.

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Just in time for the “Black Panther” movie that hits theaters on February 16, this book tells the story of twelve-year-old T’Challa who gets sent to school in America with his best friend M’Baku. Recommended for readers age 9-12.

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Dear Girl, is a remarkable love letter written for the special girl in your life; a gentle reminder that she’s powerful, strong, and holds a valuable place in the world. Recommended for readers age 4-8.

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Dr. Seuss’s latest book uses illustrations from his most popular books such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish to tell a rhythmic tale about color.

Great for beginning readers! This book is recommended for kids 2-5.

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In this New York Times Bestselling sequel, the entire world has run out of tacos. As you know this is quite an emergency, because “Dragons Love Tacos.” Find out how the dragons handle this issue and this funny story recommended for kids 3-5.

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Though he was born in Ghana, West Africa with one deformed leg, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah didn’t let that stop him from going to school, playing soccer, or becoming a cyclist to support his family. His inspiring true story was turned into a film narrated by Oprah Winfrey, called Emmanuel’s Gift. This book makes his journey accessible to young children. Recommended for readers age 4-8.

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The Grand Canyon is much more than just a hole in the ground. Follow a father and daughter as they make their way through the cavernous wonder, discovering life both present and past. Recommended for readers age 7-12 years old.

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Here’s one for the slightly older crowd. Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships.
Told from four intertwining points of view, two boys and two girls, the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). Recommended for kids age 8-12 years old.

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In this fascinating and fun take on non-fiction, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America’s most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty’s right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential of an entire country’s creation. Recommended for kids age 6-9 years old.

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Brought to you by the computer science non-profit Girls Who Code, this funny story is meant to introduces kids to computer coding concepts. The tale of Pearl and her robot, Pascal, will no doubt keep them laughing while they’re learning. Recommended for kids age 4-8 years.

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If your little one is about to be an older sibling, this hilarious book is for your family. Meet big brother dinosaur as he manages the concerns of having a new sibling and learns all he has to be is himself. It captures the excitement and joy of getting to guide a little sibling through life. It uses big laughs, great surprises, and gentle lessons to empower kids in their new job as a role-model to littler ones. Recommended for children 2-5 years old.

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This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another. The concluding message is “We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.” It will inspire self-confidence in any young reader. Recommended for kids 4-8 years old.

BUY IT NOW >> I Am Enough

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For every young immigrant child who fantasizes about their birth-land because they’re too young to remember it, Pulitzer Prize Winner Junot Díaz has created a fantastic tale just for them. Lola’s imagination takes her on a heartwarming journey that teaches her, “just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.”

Islandborn will be released on March 13, 2018 and is recommended for kids 5-8 years old. Plus, there’s a Spanish Edition, Lola, which will be released the same day.

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Little Leaders illuminates the life of forty trailblazing black women who helped shape American history. Complete with stunning illustrations by Harrison, this book is meant to educate young readers and inspire bold actions. This book is recommended for kids 8-11 years old.

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Have you ever tried to explain love to a child? It’s not tangible, but we express it in our actions everyday. Love celebrates all the simple, tender moments in a child’s life to explain what love is. It’s a touching story that parents and children can enjoy. This book is recommended for kids 4-8 years old.

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If you haven’t heard of Marley Dias, don’t worry, you will. At age 11, this little powerhouse founded #1000blackgirlbooks to collect and donate books that feature a black girl as the main character. Thanks to her support system, social media, and her own tenacity, Dias accomplished her goal and has gone on to achieve much success, including being honored on a Forbes List. So, it’s only right that this literary advocate write a book of her own. Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! shows kids how they can use their strengths to make a positive impact on their community in the technology era. Exploring topics that range from literacy, diversity, social justice, equity and inclusion, Marley proves that your age doesn’t limit your mind and possibilities.

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One day, Nerdy Birdy joins Tweetster, and the friend requests start flying in. His friend Vulture isn’t happy about the attention his new friends online are getting, but Nerdy Birdy knows just the solution.

Recommended for kids 4-8 years old.

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It’s a Valentine’s Day card! Peppa learns about the meaning of Valentine’s Day and decides to show all of her friends just how special they are to her.

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In Seed School friends come in a variety of seeds. And as they grow up to be fruits, vegetables, flowers, and trees, they also learn to embrace what makes them different. Described as a “whimsical story about friendship, diversity, and nature,” this book is recommended for kids 5-8 years old.

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Described as “a poetic and visual celebration of persistent women throughout history,” Shaking Things Up introduces readers to heroes who maybe didn’t make the history books are just as important to know about. Recommended for readers age 4-8 years old, this book would add value to the book collection of any little girl — or boy.

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Donovan Curtis has never been what anyone would call “gifted.” But his genius friend Noah Youkilis is actually supergifted, with one of the highest IQs around. After years at the Academy for Scholastic Distinction, all Noah dreams of is the opportunity to fail if he wants to. And he’s landed in the perfect place to do it—Donovan’s school. Recommended for readers age 8-12 years.

BUY IT NOW >> Supergifted

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If you find your bed slowly being taken over by your little one, this hilarious story is for you. From the creator of the Honest Toddler Blog, The Big Bed brings a very relatable scenario to life. This book is recommended for kids 4-6 year old.

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A fresh twist on Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree based on a real tree in Wisconsin that became something more, this is a timeless story about loss and renewal at home and in nature. This book is recommended for ages 3-7 years old.

BUY IT NOW >> The Forever Tree

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Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.

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In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him — short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower. This book is recommended for ages 4-8 years old.

BUY IT NOW >> The Word Collector

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From the creators of The New York Times best sellers What Do You Do With an Idea? and What Do You Do With a Problem?, this book tackles taking risks and having courage in difficult situations. In the end it’s a powerful message about how overcoming fear can lead to amazing things.

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The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope. Trees can’t tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. But now Red’s experience as a wishtree is more important than ever. Recommended for kids 8-12 years old, this book was an Amazon Top 20 Children’s Books of 2017.

BUY IT NOW >> Wishtree

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A child and his beloved best friend go on a grand sea adventure in this magical picture book by the author and artist who created If I Had a Little Dream. Of course, each day brings an unexpected encounter and memories to last a lifetime. Recommended for kids age 4-8 years old.

BUY IT NOW >> Yellow Kayak

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