We love reading in our house and discovering new books for kids is a highlight of every library visit or trip to the bookstore.
Each year, I take the 10 for 10 challenge. This list is part of 6th Annual Picture Book 10 for 10 hosted by Reflect and Refine: Building a Learning Community . The purpose is for bloggers and others to share their top ten favorite picture books. I’m happy to participate and share with everyone my top 10 favorite new books of the year to read to preschoolers.
FAVORITE NEW BOOKS OF THE YEAR
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The Color Monster explores the relationship between colors and feelings. The pop-up book starts with a multi-colored monster who has so many feelings that he is confused. He learns to sort his feelings and identify each one by putting each in a separate jar and labeling all of them.
You might also enjoy my color book list for more colorful books.
Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony has been read more times than any other book on this list in our family. My 3 year-old adores it. Mr. Panda has a box of doughnuts that he would like to share. However, he can’t seem to find an animal polite enough to give them too. That is until he meets one animal who has great manners.
The New Small Person by Lauren Child tells the all familiar tale of a child who is less than excited about having a new sibling. Elmore Green liked being the only child and now the new small person wants to do everything he does. But, one night everything changes! Out of all the books on this list, this one ranks the highest for me.
Check out the list I created for Childhood 101 for more books about sibling relationships.
My kids love wordless books and Float by Daniel Miyares is a new favorite. A little boy sails a paper boat through puddles on his rainy day adventure. But, then it gets away from him and he has to try and catch it. He discovers it is no longer a boat. But, the weather has dried up and now he can enjoy a new paper toy!
The Full Moon at the Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood is perfect for all those that loved the classic, The Napping House. There is a full moon and everyone is restless and can’t sleep. How will they all settle down for sleep? Check out this short video clip where Don and Audrey talk about how they got the idea for the new book.
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman is a cute story about a baby wolf who is adopted by a bunny family. His sister Dot seems to be the only one worried about this new wolf being in the family. It takes some getting use to, but Dot grows to love her new sibling.
If You Plant a Seedreminds preschoolers and really all of us that spreading kindness has great rewards. The illustrations are warm, vibrant and inviting.
You can never seem to go wrong with books by Mo Willems for the preschool crowd especially the Elephant & Piggie series. I Will Take a Nap! is the newest. Though it wasn’t my favorite Elephant & Piggie book, it is still good. My kids now love to walk around saying, “turnip head” and giggling as they remember the story. And get ready this fall when I Really Like Slop!is released.
My boys were big fans of Alphabet Trucks when it came out so we were super excited to get Samantha Vamos’ Alphabet Trains. Chug along the tracks learning about familiar and not so familiar trains around the world. Don’t forget to search the illustrations for lots of letters on each page.
Karma Wilson knows how to capture the attention of preschoolers. Duddle Puck: The Puddle Duck is her newest book. Duddle Puck doesn’t quack which at first which bothers all the animals. They call him odd. A good reminder to be who you are! The rhythm of her books make them great-alouds.
And, I just have to add one more! That’s (Not) Mine by Anna Kang follows the 2015 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award winning book, You Are (Not) Small. The two characters both want to sit in the comfy yellow chair but that can’t agree who the chair belongs to. They get so mad that they both end up on the floor. Finally, they decide to stop arguing and do something together instead.
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