Welcome to the first of 10 posts about our faves of 2017! The cool thing about this list is that we have varying tastes in this department so even in the 10 spot, there are some awesome titles and a little something for everyone. Check back tomorrow as our count down continues.
Sarabella’s Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner
Sarabella is daydreaming all the time—it’s in her DNA. Although her teachers appreciate her daydreaming, they have troubles with her not doing her schoolwork or even sharing what she is daydreaming about. When her teacher gives an assignment to draw a picture of her favorite daydreams, Sarabella has troubles until she has a dream. To share it, you’ve just got to wear it, was the message. And that’s exactly what Sarabella did. She created an awesome paper hat that showed everything she was thinking about. I love the beautiful pictures and this sweet tale that says, daydreaming isn’t bad you just need to share it. Great to share with your own daydreamer.
Let’s Pretend We Never Met by Melissa Walker
A great coming-of-age friendship story! When Mattie and her family move mid-year of 6th grade, she makes a friend in her apartment building, bust soon discovers that Agnes is “the weird girl” at school. Will Mattie end her friendship with Agnes to fit in at school?
Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough
Through letters between Lucy and Santa she learns the true meaning of Santa.
A Letter to My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson
Let me start by saying that the ONLY reason I ranked this book at 10 instead of higher is because I feel that adults may appreciate it more. This book gave me the feels. STRONG feels. If as a child you ever felt out of place and then you met that one teacher or adult who just got you, who appreciated your uniqueness and knew just how to channel it so you were successful, get some tissues before reading. The story is told from the perspective of an adult looking back on her younger self. A child who tended to march to the beat of her own drum who FINALLY met a teacher who helped her on her way to finding her path in life. The illustrations are beautifully done and as the child becomes more confident the pictures become more vibrant. This book would make a great gift to any teacher friends but also is a good read to any kiddo who feels like they are always being told their curiosity is troublesome.
Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones by Sarah Jane Hinder
A beautiful board book illustrating yoga poses even the littlest ones can do easily, this books is just lovely. With simple fun text, and easy to understand illustrations, it’s the best yoga book for littles I’ve come across.