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!
Happy book giving!
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 Birds 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.
BUGS! 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.
Egg 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.
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 Davies
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 Built 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.
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!
Born 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.
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.