I believe that as a parent I have three main goals when raising my kids: making sure they are happy in life, helping them grow into good people that spread happiness, and teaching them right from wrong. Books are very important in our household, and I am always on the lookout for books that help my little ones grow. Here are some of my favorite books for kids to give you some great ideas for the coming Christmas!
Little Wonder by Claire Keane, 2-6 years
A love letter from a mother to her child accompanies Little Wonder on a journey of unbelievable fantasies. It’s a day full of breathtaking adventures, exciting twists and turns, and unexpected friends. With an imagination stronger than the tide and a mama’s love deeper than the ocean, Little Wonder can do anything he believes he can.
The positive messaging of this book, its gorgeous marine setting, and the gentle, reassuring narration make this an awesome book! This book encourages open-mindedness and determination in the face of uncertainty. The images are stunning and will tickle the interest of your child!
You can get Little Wonder for $17.99
And Off You Go to Change the World by Ashten Evans, preschool/kindergarten
This is the perfect preschool graduation or the first day of kindergarten gift book! This uplifting and encouraging book talks about all the possibilities your child has ahead of them! Filled with beautiful illustrations by Sabdo Purnomo, the story teaches the important values in life, and how amazing it will all be! This book is a great way to celebrate the special child in your life and to motivate them in their new adventure.
And Off You Go to Change the World comes at $12.95
The Color of Your Skin by Desirée Acevedo, 4-8 years
This book teaches children that underneath our skin, we are all the same. An entertaining yet creative way to address and celebrate diversity among young children. Like a multicolor pencil palette, what defines human beings is their uniqueness and their diversity! Teach your child that everyone is beautiful.
You can find The Color of Your Skin for $16.95 on Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Luna Finds Love Everywhere by Dr. Shainna Ali, 3-5 years
This book is about Luna, a little girl who loves playing outside, helping her family, and learning new things. As Luna goes through her regular daily routine, she realizes how much love there is to appreciate around her and within herself too. Help your child discover the importance of loving each other and oneself!
Luna Finds Love Everywhere comes at $16.95
Every Leaf a Hallelujah by Ben Okri, 7+ years
Every Leaf a Hallelujah is an environmental fairytale that speaks eloquently to the most pressing issues of our times.
Mangoshi lives with her mom and dad in a village near the forest. When her mom becomes ill, Mangoshi knows only one thing can help her—a special flower that grows deep in the forest. The little girl needs all her courage when she sets out alone to find and bring back the flower, and all her kindness to overpower the dangers she encounters on the quest. With this book, you can teach your children the importance of our environment.
Every Leaf a Hallelujah is priced at $13.99
You Are Here by Zach Manbeck
With bright and colorful full-page images, You Are Here reminds us that “all who wander are not lost.” You are here, and from here there are so many places you can go. But how your child will find their way is up to them! A book with a very positive message. It instills the idea of enjoying the here and now while on your journey, and that everyone’s journey is different.
You Are Here comes at $17.99
Where Did All the Rhinos Go? by Lara Jackson, 5-8 years
Where Did All the Rhinos Go? encourages your child to stop and think about how we can help, and how we might make more room for nature in our everyday lives. It talks about a little rhino searching for his kind, meeting new friends along the way. The book explains how we humans have an impact on the environment, and how we can help.
This beautiful book comes at $14.95
Juanita: The Girl Who Counted the Stars by Lola Walder, 4-8 years
A magical story of a Guatemalan girl named Juanita, who loved cooking crunchy maize tortillas and counting stars every night. A great book that shows a different culture, how hard work pays off, and that helping others is a beautiful virtue!
You can get Juanita: The Girl Who Counted the Stars for $16.95 on Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Forgotten Founders by Mifflin Lowe, 7-11 years
We all know the Founding Fathers, but as remarkable as they were, founding America took a lot more than white men in wigs. Introducing Forgotten Founders, the inspiring book of stories about the heroic women, African Americans, Native Americans, immigrants, and others who helped birth the United States of America.
Teach your child that everyone can be a hero and that every single human, regardless of race gender, or faith can do great things.
Forgotten Founders comes at $19.99
The Kite of Dreams by Pilar López Ávila, 4-9 years
A kite trip that will take us around the world to meet the hopes and dreams of children around the world, from Bolivia to Nepal. The Kite of Dreams is an invitation to discover the different cultures of the world and to dream of a better world. A world with unpolluted air, where every child has access to education. A world with clean and uncontaminated waters, where biodiversity is preserved and forests are conserved. And more importantly, a world in which each child can be happy and reach out to those who need it.
You can get The Kite of Dreams for $16.95 on Barnes & Noble or Amazon.