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Bookmark These 15 Great January Reads For Kids

Make room in your bedtime story rotation for January’s best children's books.

Megan Baldwin · 9 months ago

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January Reading List


Stuck in the same-book-every-single-stinking-night rut? We hear you. January equals fresh book energy, so take this chance to update your shelves and introduce some new stories into your bedtime routine. Ahead, we’ve pulled together a short stack of new and noteworthy titles to see you through the month—including books that help introduce kids to some of January’s main events, from the Presidential Inauguration and Martin Luther King Jr. Day to the Covid-19 vaccine and David Bowie’s birthday. On your bookmarks, get set, go…

Joey: The Story of Joe Biden

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Ages 3-6

The Presidential Inauguration is finally here. Celebrate the new Commander-in-Chief with a picture book telling Joe’s inspiring life story, written by the new FLOTUS, Dr. Jill Biden. 

Ambitious Girl


Ages 3-6

A little ambition goes a long way in Meena Harris’ new book, the follow up to Kamala and Maya's Big Idea, based on the true story of her aunt, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and her mother, Maya Harris.

Please Don't Read This Book

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Ages 3-7

We all need to have more fun this January, so this book is a great place to start. With a rule breaking title and all the silly, farty, crazy sounds, your kid will definitely want to read this book on repeat. 

I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids

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Ages 3-7

What we tell ourselves matters! Introduce your kids to the power of positive thinking with this simple book of affirmations that help kids shape their own messages about who, what or how they should be. 

The Time We Did Nothing: A Book About Social Distancing Heroes

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Ages 3-7

January is the perfect time to celebrate doing nothing. This picture book illustrates the power of social distancing and can help make everyone feel better about staying apart. 

Cool Cuts


Ages 3-7

Mechal Renee Roe, illustrator of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s SuperHeroes Are Everywhere, creates a fun, read-together book of awesome Black hairstyles, from a ‘fro-hawk to mini-twists and cool cornrows. 

Love is My Favorite Thing


Ages 3-7

Valentine’s Day is a month out, but we still love this lively picture book that joyfully celebrates unconditional love. Dog lovers will eat this one up!

Black is a Rainbow Color

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Ages 3-7

What does it mean to be Black? This book celebrates the beauty and power of Blackness, told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmical unforgettable words and Ekua Holmes’ illustrations. 

What We'll Build: Plans For Our Together Future

What We'll Build: Plans For Our Together Future

Philomel Books

From Oliver Jeffers, author of The Day the Crayons Quit, comes the perfect book for talking about the new year. In this optimistic book, a father and daughter set about laying the foundations for their life together, setting the scene for us all to envision a better future.

Little People Big Dreams: David Bowie

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Ages 3-7

Fun fact: David Bowie is a January baby. Discover the life of the starman who dazzled audiences with his music, in this true and truly rock and roll story of his life. 

This Is Your Time 

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Ages 4-8

Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges—who, at six, was the first Black child to integrate into an all-white school—inspires readers in this moving book. Her story, told in the form of a letter to the reader, feels especially uplifting in the wake of Kamala Harris making U.S. history as the first female, first Black, and first South Asian vice president–elect.

Brave. Black. First. 50 African American Women Who Changed the World

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Ages 4-8

Kamala Harris carries many firsts with her into the vice presidency. But she wasn’t alone. This book introduces over fifty remarkable African American women whose contributions paved the way for us all.  

The Snow Dancer  


Ages 4-8

Snow days are simply the best. This beautifully illustrated book captures the spirit of possibility and natural beauty of a snowy day — perfect for snuggling up after a solid sledding sesh. 

Love from Giraffes Can't Dance

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Ages 4-8

Celebrate love with Giraffes Can't Dance! The perfect warm-up for Valentine's Day, this poetic book’s rhyme scheme makes it ideal for reading aloud — so parents will love it too. 

I Have a Dream 

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Ages 6-10

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation's history. His powerful words, paired with Kadir Nelson’s illustrations, make for an inspiring and important picture book.