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5 Books to Kick Off a New Year of Reading

December 20, 2021

By: Christa Protano

While the new year brings a renewed sense of energy and goal setting, I also find it to be a much welcomed time to slow down and settle into a more steady routine. For my family, that means getting back to our nightly story times and regular library visits, which got waylaid by the busy holiday season. New books also help keep the excitement and momentum of our reading journey going. That said, here are our top five children’s book picks for 2022. 

You’re My Little Sunshine 

This book is a must for any new parent who finds themselves stuck in the house with a newborn this winter. Part of the best-selling You’re My Little series, this board book is filled with sweet rhyming text and colorful illustrations that will definitely brighten up your day together. 

My First Heroes: Black History

Help your preschooler gear up for Black History Month (February) with this title that highlights four celebrated black heroes. Your child will learn how Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, and Maya Angelou changed the course of history with this interactive board book featuring push, pull, and slide elements. 

Smithsonian Kids All-Star Readers: Outerspace Level 1 

When you kindergartener or first grader is ready to take their literacy skills up a notch, it’s time to bring on the readers. These lightweight, take-anywhere paperbacks are excellent for building vocabulary and reading comprehension through engaging STEM-related subjects. 

Adventures of an Endor Dragon: An Unofficial Minecraft Diary

On sale February 8, 2022

If video games are a favorite hobby, don’t fight it. Instead, use his or her love of gaming to entice your child to read even more. The fourth in the Minecraft-inspired series, this chapter book introduces Overworld fans to Ember the Endor Dragon as she embarks on the trip of a lifetime. 

Lou Get’s A Clue

On sale February 22, 2022

Meet your preschooler’s new BFF, Lou. Boys and girls alike will love going on a seek-and-find mission with this friendly explorer. With the turn of each page, readers get closer to discovering  a very special object (Shhhh … it’s a lost tooth!). This tale is perfect for those just starting to loose their teeth or patiently waiting for the Tooth Fairy.

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