Bear has a blast with the beautiful red balloon that magically floats into his life. His play gets more and more rambunctious and, sadly, the balloon bursts. I love how this is such a true-to-life experience of exuberant toddlers everywhere. Recommended by Gudrun.
This book reminds me of all the best friends I met while playing at the park when I was little--when an afternoon of play and sharing a favorite color is the strongest connection imaginable. Such a delightful read. Recommended by Caitlin S.
My son and I keep reading this sweet picture book about a little boy bear who goes to his first dance class almost every night. It's beautiful, inclusive, and a big hit in our house! Recommended by Leah.
This is part of the brand-new storytelling math series. I love how math is integrated into these fun stories with diverse characters. The easy-to-do, fun math activities are wonderful, too. Recommended by Gudrun.
What a beautiful, simple story of a dad and his son going on a hiking adventure. My parents love hiking, and I remember so well getting up super early to get ready. The illustrations capture the whole feel of this day well. Recommended by Gudrun.
This book is a wonderful way to talk with little kids about how to use their voices to create change. The illustrations are lovely and in my house, we love to say "Speak up!" together as we read. Recommended by Becca.
This wonderful picture book encourages individuality in many doable ways. It has been my go-to picture book for 2020, as Reynolds’s words and pictures have uplifted and inspired me to be okay with “being me” throughout all that’s going on in the world. I hope it has the same effect on kids. It would make a great read-aloud for the entire family! Recommended by Mandy.
The girl in this book reminded me of myself as a child. Some children's talents are obvious, while others take a while to unfold. I loved how a new girl with a lot of talent helped reveal Almond's talent. Recommended by Cathy.