With the weather finally getting warmer and the days getting longer, it’s clear that spring is just about here (the official start date is tomorrow!). The new season brings with it new books — so many in fact that in can be hard to tell which ones are worth buying. Here are some upcoming titles for you to check out for your little ones.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Fred Rogers
Everyone loves watching Mister Rogers, but wouldn’t it be great to have his lessons ready for your child on the go? The book is a collection of Fred Rogers’ songs and poetry accompanied by illustrations from Luke Flowers. Having these poems, which may already be familiar to your family, can help kids’ reading skills (and memorization of lyrics!).
This title is on sale starting today, and you can order it here.
Don’t Let Them Disappear by Chelsea Clinton
Sometimes it can be hard to explain serious issues, such as climate change, to kids. In Don’t Let Them Disappear, Chelsea Clinton, with beautiful illustrations from Gianna Marino, describes several endangered species to children. Introducing animals and their lifestyles to children helps them imagine those habitats and can help impact the way they view the environment.
With tips on how to help the prevention of animal extinction, Chelsea Clinton helps our children confront real world issues while keeping it appropriate for an age group of 4 to 8-year-olds. Coming out April 2, it can be preordered here.
Rumple Buttercup by Matthew Gray Gubler
Let’s face reality: we know that, while kids can be incredibly sweet, they can also be incredibly mean, especially to those seen as “different.” This is what makes Matthew Gray Gubler’s Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself so special. The book tells the story of the crooked-toothed, lopsided, green, and undeniably “weird” Rumple Buttercup.
This picture book, marked as appropriate for anyone from 3-months to 18-years-old, is perfect for celebrating individuality. You can get it in stores on April 2, or preorder it here.
Ruby’s Sword by Jacqueline Veissid
Do you have a little girl who feels outnumbered or left out by boys, whether they’re her brothers or even peers? We know the feeling. Jacqueline Veissid’s Ruby’s Sword may be the right pick for your daughter (or granddaughter, or niece, or cousin), since that’s the story’s whole premise: a little girl who falls behind her brothers and winds up finding her own world of imagination.
A relatable book for 3 to 5-year-olds, you can preorder it now before its release on April 9.
Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway
If your child is a little bit older and their reading skills are more developed, Summer of a Thousand Pies may be the right choice. The story tells of a girl who goes to live with her aunt that owns a pie shop. Unfortunately, she finds out that her aunt’s shop is failing, and she needs to save it.
This novel for 8 to 12-year-olds seems to be filled with enough excitement and drama to satisfy your growing reader. The book is due for release on April 16, and you can preorder it here.
Hopefully this list leads your kids out of boredom and into some good reads. Children’s books such as these are the perfect way to get your kids to learn and be entertained at the same time. Happy reading!
Margaret Rothfus is a current freelancer living in New York. An English major at Fordham University, she is Copy Chief for the school’s newspaper, The Fordham Ram, and serves as a class senator in the school’s United Student Government. Margaret, originally from Pittsburgh, loves to explore New York City for activities, fun, and food.
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