Best Kids' Books of January

Seira Wilson on January 03, 2018

LOVE_225.jpg2018 is starting off with a lot of really good books for January, and titles we're looking forward to just keep coming.  For the 9-12 age group, January is loaded with strong contenders so it was hard to narrow it down to just six picks--but we can't have it all... ( Betty Before X and Just Like Jackie are a couple of other titles I recommend in addition to the Best of the Month list). 

Below are the number one picks for each age group and links to the rest.  The gorgeous picture book you see here is the top pick for ages 3-5, Love, by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Loren Long.  It's a brilliant author/illustrator pairing and the book is a beautiful reflection of love in it's many forms, in the day-to-day, and throughout our lives.  Love is one of those picture books that adults can appreciate as much (or sometimes more, given our own life experiences) as kids.

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BABY to AGE 2:

Little Blue Truck's Springtime by Alice Schertle--Little Blue Truck has been popular from the very first book and in this new board book the brightness and joy of spring pops off the page with flaps big enough for little hands to easily open and close. 

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AGES 3 to 5:

Yellow Kayak by Nina Laden--Melissa Castrillon's illustrations add a beautiful aspect of visual storytelling to Nina Laden's text.  A boy, a friend, a boat, and an adventure that circles back home, safe and sound.  Quiet and stunning. 

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AGES 6-8:

Bad Kitty Camp Daze by Nick Bruel--Bad Kitty is back in a new chapter book that has her very confused and ending up sneaking into dog camp, of all places.  Another great choice for reluctant or beginning readers.

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AGES 9 t0 12:

The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham--Penhallow, the last of his kind, protects his Boston apartment building from evil spirits alone until a terrible threat from the underworld forces him to team up with a girl who can somehow see and hear him.. Spooky and funny, a wonderful combination.

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Made for Each Other: Why Dogs and People Are Perfect Partners by Dorothy Hinshaw Paten--using kid-friendly language, Paten explains what we know about dogs and humans as companions; what happens in their brain and body chemistry when they see or smell us, and what we know about their evolution.  Fascinating and perfect for a young audience.

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