One of our favorite things to do with our kids is READ! We can’t get enough books and we’re so excited to share these latest NAPPA Award winners!
A Celebration of the Shy, Introverted Kid in Us All
A Way with Wild Things by Larissa Theule and illustrated by Sara Palacios is a sweet story that celebrates the shy and introverted kids among us, as well as the other small creatures to be found if we look closely enough. Poppy loves nature and can be found playing with bugs, but around people she’s more comfortable blending into her surroundings. At a party, Poppy stays out of sight until a special bug lands on the cake and draws her into the spotlight. Soon, the rest of the guests notice the beautiful dragonfly and Poppy, too. Maybe she’s not a wallflower after all, but a wildflower.
All About Our Big Feelings
Ravi’s Roar by Tom Percival is the newest book in the Big Bright Feelings series, picture books providing kid-friendly entry points into emotional intelligence. Ravi never minded being the smallest in the family, until one day he runs into a lot of frustrations. Ravi gets so furious that he can’t control his temper anymore and he becomes a ferocious TIGER! Being a tiger is great, but when no one wants to play with him, Ravi discovers something very important about voicing his feelings.
A Hilarious Book About Potty Training and Independence
Sloth Went by Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrated by Benson Shum is a hilarious picture book about a sloth on the go. A sloth who is very slowly making his way to a major milestone: potty training! Today is Sloth’s big day. He’s excited. But he’s also nervous.What if something happens? What if NOTHING happens? More than a book about poop, this is an adventure story about facing your fears, gaining independence, and learning to do what you have to.
An Adventure of Limitless Imagination
The Girl and the Dinosaur is an evocative, enchanting picture book that celebrates one girl’s limitless imagination and takes readers on a magical journey far beyond the page, perfect for fans of the Fan Brothers. In a seaside town, Marianne often digs for buried treasure on the beach and one day finds a dinosaur skeleton! That night, Marianne wishes upon a star with all her heart that her dinosaur will come to life. When her wish comes true, Marianne’s adventures with her new friend are limited only by their imagination.
Strive & Grow with Exuberant Spirit
I Got the School Spirit is an exuberant celebration of the first day of school illustrated by award-winning Frank Morrison. This book will have every kid cheering for school to begin! Summer is over, and this little girl has got the school spirit. She hears the school spirit in the bus driving up the street–VROOM, VROOM!–and in the bell sounding in the halls–RING-A-DING! She sings the school spirit in class with her friends–ABC, 123! The school spirit helps us all strive and grow. What will you learn today?
Filled with Charm, Spunk and Kindness
From Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson comes the first book in a young middle grade series about Ryan Hart, a girl who is pure spirit, kindness and sunshine. Acclaimed author Renée Watson writes her own version of Ramona Quimby, one starring a Black girl and her family, in this start to a charming new series — Ways to Make Sunshine.
A Delightful Story of Friendship and Kindness
Lily to the Rescue is an irresistible chapter book series from the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tales featuring Lily, a rescue dog who rescues other animals!
A Witty Book to Get Things Done
Flush! And 37 Essential House Rules is the family operating manual for the next decade – a witty book of research-backed rules to help you raise calmer, happier children. By drawing upon neuroscience, academic research and focus groups around everyday family life, Flush! brings essential house rules to life with Mrs. Wordsmith’s acclaimed hilarious illustrations and witty words of wisdom that kids and parents alike won’t stop repeating.
As you begin your holiday shopping, don’t forget that books make a great gift. Here are some of our recent NAPPA Award winners.
Ditty Bird Musical Board Books
The perfect instrument for playful learning through music and sounds, featuring gentle touch contact points for inquisitive little fingers to activate your favorite “ditties” on each page. $16.49, 6 months-3 years, www.dittybird.com
Wild Bios Board Book Series
Meet history’s greatest figures in this adorable board book series with an animal twist. Includes famous Meowxican painter Frida Catlo, Baa-rd of Avon William Sheepspeare’s, brave pilot Amelia Harehart and astronaut Neil Armswan. $7.99, Birth-2, www.silverdolphinbooks.com
The Story of Rap & Rock Series
An adorable 2-part board book series that introduces iconic musicians who have transformed generations, including David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Grandmaster Flash and Kendrick Lamar. $8.99, Birth-2, www.silverdolphinebooks.com
Journey “up, up, up, and down, down, down” on this merry train ride to the North Pole. $7.99, Birth+, www.hachettebookgroup.com
Baby Sees Board Book Series
Mesmerizing collection of high-contrast books with bold shapes and colors. $9.99, Birth+, www.gakkenbooks.com
When The Cousins Came
A sensitive story about insecurity, hosting and friendship inspired by the author’s own large, diverse family. $17.99, 4-8, www.holidayhouse.com
Meet the toughest cowgirl around. Never mind that this broncobuster is a horsefly. She acts taller than any tall tale. $18.95, 5-9, www.caseyrislovbooks.com
What Should Danny Do? Book Series
This clever picture book series empowers kids with the understanding that their choices will shape their days. $17.99 each, 4-9, www.whatshoulddannydo.com
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
In spare, lyrical verse and vibrant images for which she has become legendary, Morales has created a picture book memoir and a testament to the journey that she and her son took together from Mexico to the San Francisco Bay Area. $18.99, 4- 8, www.holidayhouse.com
Buckets, Dippers, and Lids: Secrets to Your Happiness
Grow in understanding, kindness, self-control, resilience, empathy and forgiveness. $10.95, 7+, www.bucketfillers101.com
The Princess and the Pickup Truck
an Appalachian retelling of The Princess and the Pea, perfect for your rough and tumble royalty. $15.95, 5-10, www.leppstorytelling.com
Claire Lost Her Bear at the World’s Fair and Benny Bear Book and Stuffed Toy Bundle
Vibrant and heartwarming story that also introduces interesting facts about the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. $34.95, 5+,www.GoldenBellDirect.com
Sesame Street: The Monster at the End of This Book
An interactive refresh of the classic Sesame Street story where Grover tries everything to keep the reader from turning the pages. $14.99, 3-5, www.indiebound.org
These latest NAPPA Award-winning books make history come alive for young readers. Vibrant illustrations and interesting facts will engage kids sense of curiosity.
Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars
Kid Scientists by David Stabler and illustrated by Anoosha Syed is filled with funny and totally true childhood biographies and full-color illustrations that tell the tales from the challenging yet defining growing-up years of Albert Einstein, Jane Goodall, Marie Curie, and 12 other brilliant scientists. $13.95, ages: 8 – 12.
Alexander Hamilton: The Fighting Founding Father!
Alexander Hamilton: The Fighting Founding Father! tells the story of one of the most ambitious and controversial figures in American history in a graphic novel format. From a rough childhood on the Caribbean island of Nevis to the highest levels of American politics, Alexander Hamilton’s life was filled with adventure, conflict, and controversy. Full-color illustrations and an entertaining narrative make this graphical biography of America’s first Secretary of the Treasury accessible for readers of all ages. $12.99, ages 8 – 12.
Amelia Earhart: Pioneer of the Sky!
When Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, she immediately became an American icon and a subject of endless fascination for generations to come. In Amelia Earhart: Pioneer of the Sky!, the story of the bold and daring aviator’s life is presented in graphic novel format, with full-color illustrations and historically accurate details. From her hardscrabble childhood to her final flight—and mysterious disappearance—Earhart’s journey will entertain, captivate, and inspire readers of all ages. $12.99, ages 8 – 12.
Martin Luther King Jr.: Voice for Equality!
This graphical biography tells the story of the most prominent leader of the American civil rights movement. With full-color illustrations and a historically accurate narrative, Martin Luther King Jr.: Voice for Equality! will inform and entertain readers of all ages. From his childhood in Atlanta to his rise as an international icon of human rights and a fiery orator who refused to back down in the face of adversity, King’s life story serves as an ongoing source of inspiration.$12.99, ages 8 – 12.
Abraham Lincoln: Defender of the Union!
Considered by many historians to be the greatest American president, Abraham Lincoln led the Union at the greatest turning point in the nation’s history. Abraham Lincoln: Defender of the Union! tells the story of one of America’s most admired figures in graphic novel format. From his childhood on a farm in Kentucky to the battlefields of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln served the United States with resolve, intelligence, and courage unlike that of any other president. Readers of all ages will be entertained and educated by the full-color illustrations and historically accurate narrative of this graphical biography.$12.99, ages 8 – 12.
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