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2021 Greatest Image Books for Preschoolers Awards

Welcome to the 2021 Greatest Image Books for Preschoolers Awards!

I began this award final yr, and am now delighted to share the most effective books for preschoolers (two-six yr outdated kids) printed in 2021!
We’ve had books nominated by dozens of publishers, authors, lecturers, and oldsters! I’ve actually learn a whole bunch of books in making ready this checklist! Narrowing it right down to solely 21 winners was terribly troublesome! There are numerous different good books, however I actually imagine each preschooler must be uncovered to those books!

These award winners had been judged on the next standards:
1- Does this guide add vital worth to the literature accessible for preschoolers?

2- Do preschoolers take pleasure in having somebody learn this guide to them?

3- Do adults take pleasure in studying these books and/or see worth in studying them to kids?

4- Was this guide printed between October 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021?

Clearly awards have a subjective nature to them, and because the host of the award, I retain the ultimate verdict in selecting every title. I hope you benefit from the winners!

A fast notice out of your sponsor: These awards are delivered to you by Preschool Powol Packets (your host right here!), and Turtle Trails Publishing! Turtle Trails Publishing launched three paperback books final yr (Ten Very Merry Yetis, Who Wants a Volcano?, and When Will Cicada Sing?), however they weren’t included within the contest as a result of we do not need to create a battle of curiosity!

And now, on to the awards! I’ve divided the profitable books into eight classes: Most Vital, Giggle Out Loud Enjoyable, Inspiration, Feelings & Social Abilities, Incapacity Consciousness, Nonfiction, For New Readers, and Nice Explanations:

The MOST IMPORTANT image books from 2021 deal with private energy and the ability we every have for good:

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman encourages us to be the change we want on the planet. I like this quote from the writer: “My hope was to craft a poem that will take younger readers on a journey of self-discovery and in the end empower them to see how they may grow to be change-makers…”
The Tree in Me by Corinna Luyken reminds us that all of us have energy and potential that we typically overlook.
Apple’s Massive Dream by Jessica Collaco is a poignant reminder that typically disappointment can result in happiness, and if we are able to enable our plans to vary, typically they prove even higher than we count on!

LAUGH OUT LOUD FUN books are particularly pleasant to learn and reread, for each kids and adults:

The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming follows a paranoid squirrel that thinks somebody is stealing his leaves! I particularly just like the seasons and science connections!

These INSPIRATION books encourage our world-views and encourage us tor attain increased:

Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Pena reminds us that we won’t choose others whereas encouraging our personal artistic outlook.
Born to Stand Out by Nikki Rogers is a artistic and lovely reminder that the world wants all of our distinctive preferences! My youngsters particularly liked matching up every species of chameleon that was represented within the story with its image within the backmatter pages, and “discovering” the primary character all through the guide!

The EMOTIONS & SOCIAL SKILLS books use unbelievable and easy tales to handle emotions which are frequent in preschoolers:

Massive Emotions by Alexandra Penfold appears to be like at disappointment, pleasure, sharing, and problem-solving all within the context of a artistic playground creation!
Jenny Mei is Unhappy by Tracy Subisak is a delicate reminder that we do not at all times understand how others are feeling. Kids who’ve skilled nice disappointment would possibly nonetheless present up and smile typically, and we have to keep in mind to be sort to everybody.
Gilly Ghost Loves Scaring the Most by Heather Robyn teaches youngsters about boundaries (each respecting others and insisting that others respect yours) with a hilarious and lovely ghost story. My preschoolers discovered cute little Gilly so lovely that we “had” to re-read the guide a number of occasions, which after all emphasised the essential lesson (with out feeling “preachy”) as effectively! 

These DISABILITY AWARENESS books are every fantastic tales that may function a springboard for a lot greater subjects:

What Occurred to You? by James Catchpole exhibits youngsters how kids with these disabilities must be acknowledged for themselves, and never any disabilities they could have. Backmatter even consists of strategies on the way to speak to your youngsters about kids with seen disabilities and what sorts of questions they may be bored with listening to.
This Child Can Hyperfocus by Patty DeDurr is all about willpower and friendship, however the refined challenges and strengths that may include ADHD experience slightly below the floor all through your entire story. My preschoolers love this child, and the story emphasizes some essential features of ADHD that I shared with my older youngsters as effectively.
Mighty Mila by Katie Petruzziello is a narrative about Mila eager to do the whole lot by herself, a wrestle each preschooler can relate to! It simply occurs that Mila additionally has cochlear implants, which creates a fantastic springboard for discussions together with your kids, starting from the science behind listening to loss to how a lot kids have in frequent (whether or not or not they’ve seen disabilities). 

These NONFICTION books embody historical past, counting, and hidden footage:

Ten Little Sandpipers by Kim Ann is a counting guide for younger kids. One in all my preschoolers stored this guide inside arm’s attain for about three weeks, and we learn it a number of occasions a day! They love the lovely sandpipers, predictable rhymes, hidden footage, and counting apply!
There it’s! Ahi Esta! A Search & Discover Guide in English & Spanish by Marta Almansa Esteva includes a set of themed “hidden” footage on each web page, with labels in English and Spanish. The hidden footage are completely irresistible, and this guide got here with us on each automotive drive for a few month! They’re “hidden” simply arduous sufficient that younger kids really feel very profitable as they discover them with out help, and I recognize the bilingual side of the guide as effectively.


See the Cat: Three Tales A couple of Canine by David LaRochelle might simply match within the Giggle Out Loud class above — it’s completely hilarious! The story proceeds between a narrator who says issues like “See the cat.” and the primary character, a canine, who replies with issues like “I’m not a cat!” The humor is sensible! I’m placing it on this class, nonetheless, as a result of many of the phrases are decodable, which makes it excellent for youths who’re prepared to start out studying a few of the phrases of their books!
What’s an Og? by Mary Barry grew to become one other most-requested guide the primary time we learn it. With enjoyable phrase play and rhymes, the reader is launched to an “og” — a creature constructed from logs, canine, frogs, and different hilarious mixtures of phrases that finish with ‘-og.’  My preschoolers love once I learn it to them, and my starting reader liked seeing so many phrases that she might decode as we learn.

These GREAT EXPLANATIONS books vary from fable to flower anatomy–they all have a really distinctive manner of explaining issues:

How the Zebras Misplaced Their Colours by Janet R. Adams is a contemporary fable about how the zebras coloured the world round whereas discovering their very own identification. My preschoolers liked monitoring the colours, seeing what modified, and discussing how some animals are colourful and others are black and white.
One Drop, Countless Ripples by Jayshree L. Patel introduces the water cycle with a delicate poem. My preschoolers had been entranced by the illustrations, and insisted on discovering and counting the “hidden” drops on each web page. I additionally love the weird strategy to the water cycle!
What’s Inside a Flower by Rachel Ignotofsky has preschooler-friendly diagrams of flower anatomy, together with fantastic explanations of how crops work! This can be a unbelievable child-friendly reference guide! (Sure, this additionally matches within the Nonfiction class, however I like its explanations an excessive amount of to not put it right here!)

A Observe to Authors & Publishers:

Authors and publishers who had been featured are welcome to share this checklist, hyperlink to it, and share the collage pictures. You’re additionally welcome to make use of this digital badge to your personal promotional functions:

In case you are an writer or writer who wish to have your 2022 books thought of for subsequent yr’s awards, please plan on submitting your guide between November 1st, 2022 and February 1st, 2023. You’ll be able to enroll right here to obtain an e mail when submissions open in November.


Pleased Educating,


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