My kids love reading books! They love to flip through pages and look at the pictures and they love being read to, which means we read a lot of books and we read a lot of them over, and over and over again. I always love to find new titles and new children's books authors and I'm sharing some of my favorites with you incase your kids are like mine and and you're gifting some books this year!
Disclaimer: I was sent free copies of the titles shown below throughout the years for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I wouldn't recommend them if my own kids didn't love them! This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
2021 Gift Guide | Children's Books
The Magic of Me Series, Becky Cummings
I couldn't have a gift guide of children's books without including titles from Becky Cummings. I love all of the books in her "Magic of Me" series. Each book features full-page, vibrant color illustrations and a whimsical rhyming scheme. This series features affirmations for children, teaches them how to realize and share their gifts, and the importance of healthy eating habits. The children depicted throughout the series are inclusive and the animal friends are adorable, of course.
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One cannot go wrong with gifting any of the titles from this series!
The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry, Audrey Smit & Jackie Knapp
"Take me to a hullabaloo!" The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry are silly, fun to read and feature the ever adorable, Lily Huckleberry, a little girl with pig tails, big eyes and an even bigger zest for life. Each book follows Lily as she learns about a new destination; Scandinavia, Mexico, Japan and her latest book sees her visiting over 10 new places! Children not only learn about new places along with Lily but they also learn how to be courageous in new situations.
These books do not rhyme and they are on the longer side, but they're certainly not chapter books. Preschoolers will stay engaged thanks to the whimsical illustrations and the overall fun of Lily joining the Adventure Society!
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The X-mas Files: Classified Secrets From the North Pole, Pat Shand
One elf is going rouge and spilling the secrets of the North Pole. This book is more for older children as the jokes about Santa, the elves and the goings-on of Christmas may cause younger children (like preschoolers) to ask A LOT of questions. If you have an older child who is on the cusp of not believing or a child who has already said they no longer believe this could be a fun book for them to read with them each day!
This book works as an Advent calendar of sorts as every two pages is dated beginning with December 1st. There are activities outlined on each page as well. However, it can also be read from cover to cover in as a full story!
The Shepherd's Story, Jimmy Dune
It's the night before Christmas, but this isn't the story you know. Following the classic rhyme scheme about the man in the red suit, "The Shepherd's Story" follows a shepherd boy on the night before the very first Christmas and his journey to see the baby born in the manager. Teaching children the reason behind the season, "The Shepard's Story" shows the importance of the day but breaks it down into easy to understand stanzas.
Hedgehog's Home for Winter, Elena Ulyeva
Winter is coming and hedgehog is curious to how his animal friends get ready for winter. Children will follow hedgehog as he stops at all of his friends' houses to see how they're doing; are they warm enough? Do they need anything? This book as informative as it is fun! Talking animals always make for a great children's book, right?
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Panda's Magical Kite Adventure, Diane Ohanesian
Tipper is an adorable panda with a magical kite! Tipper makes a wish and sets sail into the forest to learn about different animals and experiences first hand just how big the forest is! Colorful illustrations and adorable animals make this a perfect book to read to preschoolers at storytime!