The New Father , by Armin A. Brott Include dads in the pre-baby study sessions with this popular series. Written by an experienced father, these books are easy to dip into as new dads navigate all the questions that come with being a parent. Graphic, bold, and filled with lively animals, it begs to be admired again and again. This title introduces the alphabet with style. Dreamy illustrations from Julianna Swaney make this the perfect addition to any stylish nursery.
With her signature humor and bold illustrations, the author addresses one of the classic pain points of parenting in a way that kids will adore. Multisensory elements enhance sophisticated design and modern illustrations to engage kiddos on every level. This walk through a neighborhood will be a favorite for kids of all colors.
This Little President , by Joan Holub Prime pint-size patriots to know their history with this simple, bright intro to the American presidents. Perfect for family field trips, holidays, and any baby born on the Fourth of July! Expertly paced, this is a book that will inspire your own games and questions.
This simple board book highlights the traits that make her special and encourages readers to let their own light shine. So one day, a new baby might say I Look Up to You! The TouchThinkLearn series features diecuts, a colorful, graphic design, and clever juxtapositions. Opposites is a great place to dive into this series.
The counting title is filled with traceable numbers up to Happy illustrations reinforce the concepts for visual learners. Everywhere Babies , by Susan Meyers A poem about all the many things busy babies do from morning to night, this book is a delight to read again and again, because there are always new details to uncover.
And diverse characters in the illustrations make this a welcome present for modern families that might not fit the traditional mold. Pantone: Colors , by Pantone Let little ones learn colors in the most design-savvy way possible, from the masters of colors themselves—Pantone. Bright illustrations and simple allusions to classics like The Odyssey make it easy to introduce Baby to great literature.
Featuring real and imaginary animals made of flower petals, twigs, and other natural elements, this book is wildly beautiful. All Aboard! With everything from puffins and bison, this wildlife primer introduces American animals that any young explorer would be glad to know! All in a Day , by Cynthia Rylant Simple, evocative illustrations paired with text that encourages children to take care of the Earth and make the most of each day make this book a treasured keepsake.
Adults will appreciate the wisdom. Children will be drawn in by the rhythm of the text. Along the way, kiddos will also learn the days of the week and how to count. Each book teaches basic concepts like shapes using stylish illustrations of famous cities. New York?
And more? You might even inspire a nursery theme! Baby Touch and Feel: Animals , by DK With the high-quality photographs DK is known for and touch-and-feel elements like fur and bumps, this book is engaging for new readers and anyone who learns through touch. Even spit up at midnight? This book includes 30 classic nursery rhymes and illustrations that will put parents and baby at ease immediately.
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Its cheery illustrations and sweet text are sure to inspire muchos cuddles, giggles, and besos! He is on a hunt for a good hug, and readers will love following along as he spreads the love. The First Forty Days , by Heng Ou Start the conversation about what those first days home will look like, and encourage new parents to accept help, physically and emotionally.
Help them make a plan for meals.
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Add a coupon to cook some yourself to round out this gift! This book will guide new parents through the postpartum experience and help women focus on healing and bonding with their new baby. Recommended for ages 7 — While most Americans have heard of the Supreme Court case Brown v. Many of the teachers expect the children to drop out. Mendez knows this is not right, and begins organizing other Mexican-American parents who want change. A truck driver connects Mr. Mendez with a lawyer who had helped force the integration of public pools in the area.
When the judge rules that school segregation is illegal, Sylvia is able to attend the local school. Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving fell in love like many young couples do, and wanted to get married. But they lived in Virginia in , where people of different races were not allowed to marry. They crossed state lines to be married legally in Washington, D. Not long after they return to Virginia, police burst into their home in the middle of the night. The Lovings moved to D. But they wanted to return home.
So in , in the midst of the civil rights movement, they filed a lawsuit. Their court victory paid for the way for the many multiracial couples who have married since. Recommended for ages 4 — 8. The book tells her life story in free form verse with stirring collage illustrations. Hamer grew up in a sharecropping family in Mississippi, where she saw that race meant the difference between having enough and poverty. As an adult, Hamer was one of the first Black Mississippians to try to register to vote. After she failed the literacy test, she and her husband were evicted from their land and home.
Hamer continued her work for voter registration, and became known for the spirituals she led at meetings and marches. Recommended for ages 8 — Cesar Chavez may have seemed an unlikely person to become a leader of the labor movement. He was from a farmworker family, a group of workers who had never been organized before. He was quiet and shy.
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Near the end of the March, Cesar received a message which he was sure was a joke, saying that grape company officials wanted to meet. In Sacramento, they were able to announce that Cesar had just signed the first union contract for farmworkers in American history. He has an idea that he shares with his teacher. Together his class makes signs for those who are on strike.
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She is a janitor! On my wheelchair I will be able to fly over parks carpeted with children and violets. The book provides children with many different examples of what freedom means, with quotes from heroes including Anne Frank, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, and more. Recommended for ages 4 — A Is For Activist is a delightfully unusual alphabet book, introducing children to words like abolitionist, co-op, environmental justice, feminist, trans, and union.
While the justice and human rights issues the book points to are quite serious, the book also has a playful tone. There is also a cat hidden on each page, adding an interactive element. Recommended for ages 2 — 6. On the surface, Swimmy is a book about a plucky little fish.
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Swimmy is the lone black fish in a school of happy little red fish. One day, a fierce tuna swallows the entire school. Swimmy is the only fish who escapes. Though Swimmy is scared and sad as he swims alone, he soon discovers many amazing sea creatures. The red fish protest that the big fish will eat them. In a sudden brainstorm, Swimmy realizes that they can all swim in a formation together that will make them look like a big fish. Their plan works, and they chase the big fish away as they explore the sea.
Recommended for ages 3 — 6. Music had made me safe. The collage illustrations are remarkable in the way that they convey both the beauty and color of the land and of its people, as well as the pall that Taliban rule cast on the country. When a member of the Taliban shot Malala in the head as she rode the bus, the world rallied around her as she recovered.
She went on to found the Malala Fund to continue to educate girls in Pakistan. One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world. Share in the comments! I'm Rebekah Gienapp: Mommy, kidlit nut, social justice crusader, and your companion on the journey to raising little global citizens who are ready to change the world. Black History Month is right around the corner.
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