The best picture books of 2021 so far

By Marah Eakin for avclub.com It’s hard being a parent. You’re constantly worried you’re making the wrong decision, whether it’s about screen time, discipline, or what’s on your kid’s plate at dinner. “If my kid doesn’t get into vegetables now, does that mean their palate is ruined forever?” One way to know you’re doing something good for your kids is…

Your Kids Aren’t Too Old for Picture Books, and Neither Are You

By Pamela Paul for The New York Times “My kid has outgrown picture books.” I hear this often when enthusing about a new picture book and offering to pass one along to a friend. It’s the kind of thing parents will say with a certain amount of pride because of what it implies: My child is now reading independently and no…

Picture books for children: The Super Hungry Dinosaur

The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell is one of the Reading Kingdom’s favorite picture books for children. Melissa G. of Sweet on Books explains why.What You Need to Know: • The Super Hungry Dinosaur is an adorable, witty little comedy.• This is a story about overcoming a bully, and can be used to teach children to stand up for themselves.• This…

Fun picture books for kids: Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin

“Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin” by Lloyd Moss is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended picture books for kids. Melissa Gaynor of Sweet on Books explains why: What You Need to Know:• This Caldecott Honor book would be an asset to any bookshelf.• The story will inspire young musicians.• Every word seems to have been chosen with care.• A beautiful story…

Picture books for kids: Even Monsters Need Haircuts

Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended picture books for kids. Melissa Gaynor of Sweet on Books explains why: “What You Need to Know: • It’s a funny twist on a little boy’s dream of wanting to be like his dad when he grows up. • Monsters may not seem so “scary” after you read…

Picture books for children: Can We Save the Tiger?

Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended picture books for children. Melissa G. of Sweet on Books explains why: What You Need to Know: • You’re never too young to learn how to save the life of an animal. • While tigers are the stars, there are many other animals featured in this book….