Children can never have enough books, right? Right! I never mind investing in quality literature for my family because I know that it will be used and loved over and over again.
It’s that time of year when all I really want to do is cuddle up on the couch under a cozy blanket and read wonderful stories with my son. And I have to be honest, I know he loves repetition, but there are really only so many times I can read Chu’s Day in one sitting. (If you don’t have Chu’s Day, get it! It’s short and sweet but makes my son laugh every time we read it!)
So why not change things up a bit and either purchase or see if your library has any of the books listed below.
New York Times Notable Children’s Books for 2018
DOOR. Written and illustrated by JiHyeon Lee. (Chronicle Books, $17.99.) A child wanders through a door and into a mysterious world, meeting fantastical new creatures, in this mesmerizing wordless book.
FOX & CHICK: The Party and Other Stories. Written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. (Chronicle Books, $14.99.) A laid-back fox and an excitable chick are devoted friends in these simple yet sophisticated tales of misadventures.
HELLO LIGHTHOUSE. Written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. (Little, Brown, $18.99.) This gorgeous tribute to lighthouses and the lives that were lived within them also celebrates the sea, ever-changing and always the same.
JEROME BY HEART. By Thomas Scotto. Illustrated by Olivier Tallec. Translated by Claudia Bedrick and Karin Snelson. (Enchanted Lion Books, $16.95.) A small boy’s passion for his best friend is expressed in heart-rendingly direct terms in this enchanting book.
JULIAN IS A MERMAID. Written and illustrated by Jessica Love. (Candlewick Press, $16.99.) A boy mesmerized by mermaids in costume on the subway goes home to dress up himself in this exquisite story, which ends at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.
NIGHT JOB. By Karen Hesse. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. (Candlewick Press, $16.99.) A boy and his dad ride to a night job cleaning schools in this emotionally powerful look at a close father-son bond.
THANK YOU, OMU! Written and illustrated by Oge Mora. (Little, Brown, $18.99.) A woman cooks a pot of stew so delicious, everyone in town stops by for a taste, leaving her none — until they all bring her a feast in this joyous, folkloric book.
THE RABBIT LISTENED. Written and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld. (Dial Books, $17.99.) In this lovely, reassuring book, a tiny girl’s block tower falls and everyone has advice, but only a stuffed bunny who just listens really helps.
THE WALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BOOK. Written and illustrated by Jon Agee. (Dial, $17.99.) A wall keeping out everything on the “unsafe” other side turns out to be a terrible idea for the knight-hero of this funny, winking book.
THEY SAY BLUE. Written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. (Abrams Books, $17.99.) As a little girl journeys through a typical day, this book becomes a subtle, joyful consideration of colors,seasons and perspective.
What are some of your new favorite children’s books? Let us know in the comments below!