Tuesday, December 01, 2020

The Best Board Books and Picture Books to Give This Year

It's December already! Or is it December, finally? It certainly feels more like the former. Yet, even though this year has crawled by for the most part (I've been ready for Christmas since July), the Holidays have managed to sneak up on me. It's almost too late for this list! But in case you are still in need of a few recommendations for the little readers in your life, here is my list of recommended books to give this year, besides my own, of course. The books in this list were either published this year or I discovered them this year. Whether you are buying for an expectant parent, a baby, a toddler, or an independent reader, this list of board books and picture books will help you choose just the right book!

I've not read much middle grade or young adult fiction this year, so if you're looking for recommendations for novels for teens and preteens, check out my lists from 2019 and 2018.

Happy book giving! 

Board Books

ABC Dance! An Animal Alphabet by Sabrina Moyle, illustrated by Eunice Moyle 

If you're in the market for an ABC book, you can't go wrong with this one. It's got fun text, bold and colorful illustrations, and silliness. What more can you ask for?

Curious About Bird
s by by Cathryn Sill, illustrated by John Sill

Simple facts accompanied by realistic watercolor illustrations make this an ideal book for a curious little nature-lover.

How Big is Zagnodd 
by Sandra Boynton 

A colorful, silly romp that introduces simple adjectives. Ideal for the little one that is hard to please.

 by Dr. John Hutton, illustrated by Doug Cenko

This colorful and interactive book encourages curiosity. Perfect for little ones who are fascinated by crawling critters.

 by Amy Sky Koster, illustrated by Lisel Jane Ashlock 

Another book for the curious nature-lover. This simple, beautiful book inspires a wonder of nature and includes a guide to what egg goes with what bird. 

Picture books 

God's Protection Covers Me by Amy Houts, illustrated by David Creighton-Pester

This charming book that introduces the concept of God as our protector is the perfect addition to a Christian family's picture book library. 

The Barnabus Project
by The Fan Brothers

This book is gorgeous and imaginative. Perfect for the kiddo that likes strange and impossible stories. 

The Giant of Jum
by Elli Woollard, illustrated by Benji Davi

This book is not only super fun to read aloud, especially the repeating refrain, but it's also hilarious. It's sure to be requested over and over for story time. 

Also by Elli Woollard: The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight and The Great Gran Plan.

The Nest that Wren Buil
t by Randi Sonenshine, illustrated by Anne Hunter

This beauty would be a great addition to the family library or a perfect gift for an independent reader with a love for nature, rhyme, and gorgeous illustrations. 

When I Draw a Panda
by Amy June Bates

This book is perfect for the rebellious creative in your life, encouraging young artists to go beyond the rules when creating. 

One Summer Up North by John Owens

If you know a young person who's a fan of nature and camping, and who appreciates illustrations that tell a story, then this wordless book is the perfect gift! 

by John Sobol, illustrated by Cindy Derby

This lyrical, life-affirming picture book is the ideal gift for expecting parents, a little one awaiting a younger sibling, or anyone who enjoys poetic looks at real life topics.

Nature's Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story by Lindsey McDivitt, illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen


The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng
by Sophia Gholz, illustrated by Kayla Harren

Both of these books would make beautiful gifts for older, independent readers with an interest in nature and inspiring biographies. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Rebecca! I’m honored my little wren family is on your list!


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