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These 9 Picture Books for Spring Make Rainy Days Worth It

From “Eyes That Kiss in the Corners” to a new book from the Caldecott Medal–winning creator of the Hat Trilogy, here’s what’s on our reading list this spring.

Megan Baldwin · 6 months ago

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Stack ’em up! April ushers in new titles to add to your kid’s reading list, from some of our favorite kid-lit authors. We’ve rounded up nine titles for young readers that are perfect for bedtime or snacktime in the park. More, new bookshelf adds like “Eyes That Kiss the Corners” and “Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race” have the potential to play an important role in starting conversations about learning to love and celebrate differences. Read on to discover THE BOOK TO...

… Support Our Friends and Learn Kindness

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho tells the story of Asian-shaped eyes and the beauty of uniqueness. It's a lyrical way to talk to young kids about recent racism and violence against the AAPI community.

Ages 4-8

… Start Conversations or Keep One Going

Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race by Megan Madison uses the research that it’s never too early to talk to your kids about race, gender, and body positivity to introduce topics like what you love about your skin.

Ages 2-5

… Actually Enjoy Reading Aloud with Your Kids

What the Road Said by Cleo Wade is a poetic take on the classic “road less travelled” lesson that will take kids on an uplifting ride to discover curiosity and kindness. Its lyrical prose is read-aloud perfection. 

Ages 6-10

… Prepare to Get Back Outdoors

The Hike by Allison Farrell is an outdoor adventure story that’s a perfect primer for your kid’s next outdoor adventure. With a glossary and labels, it guides kids through the outdoors and encourages them to get curious! 

Ages 3-5

… Read to the Coolest Kid You Know

The Cool Bean by Jory John and Pete Oswald is one of our all time kid favorites — perfect for cool moms and dads who want to explain to their kids that it’s much cooler to be kind.

Ages 4-8

… See Home in a New Light

A New Kind of Wild by Zara Gonzalez Hoang explores what “home” really means in this book where two friends from very different places go on imaginary adventures.

Ages 4-8

… Celebrate Earth Day

2021 Caldecott Medal winner We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom is an empowering story that inspires kids to protect the planet and its water from harm and corruption.

Ages 3-6

… Look Up!

The Rock From the Sky by Jon Klassen is a weirdly funny tale of friendship and the feeling you get when something’s off. Grownups will get the existential wit, and kids will laugh too, even if they’re not sure what they’re laughing at.

Ages 4-8

… Get Excited About What Hasn’t Happened … YET!

The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi is all about how we can turn a negative into a positive, so even the hard stuff doesn’t stand in our way. It’s a great reminder that there’s so much we all haven’t done ... YET!

Ages 4-8