Who doesn’t love a good book list? The new year is always a good time to get rid of the old, and welcome the new… whether you’re traipsing down to Beehive for some new titles or borrowing from the local library, we promise your kiddo won’t be disappointed with these fresh titles!


A Piñata in a Pine Tree (A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas) by Pat Mora

Find dancing donkeys, singing moons, and much more in this vibrant, colorful retelling of a classic Chrsitmas song, and learn new Spanish vocabulary while you’re at it! A win-win.

Future Author Extraordinaire by Cilla Lee Jenkins

This hilarious poignant tale touches on biracialism, new siblings, and even destiny while still being ridiculously silly and tons of fun. Told by a bright protagonist, it’s perfect for young readers and filled with plenty of heart.


The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain & Yuval Zommer

This book takes you on a journey through the layers of the Earth and back out. It is beautifully and playfully illustrated so students that are not yet readers can enjoy it too!

Ablaze with Color by Jeanne Walker Harvey & Loveis Wise 


A picture book and a biography in one, this perfectly illustrated tale is about an extraordinary Black artist, Alma Thomas, who can inspire many through the way she broke down societal barriers. Come for the creative illustrations, stay for the provoking story!

The Amazing Voyage of Jackie Grace by Matt Faulkner

While taking his evening bath, Jackie’s bathtub is hijacked by a crew of sailors in search of their stolen ship. This is a perfect before-bed tale, filled with adventure and sure to inspire the most outrageous dreams – for mom or dad, too!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault

A true classic, perfect for the toddler who loves repitition, silly noises, and the alphabet! You will definitely find yourself humming the words of this tale to yourself throughout your day, and your little one will too!

Over & Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Discover the wonder and activity that lies beneath winter’s snowy landscape in this magical book. Explore badger dens, frozen ponds, and many more creature habitats in this activity book, and learn a little bit more about the world around you while you’re at it! 

Checked by Cynthia Kadohata