It’s that time of year when parents, grandparents, and others start to think about what holiday gifts to give the children in their lives. We have found several sources to help you choose appropriate books and toys for young children.
Best Beginnings’ Early Literacy Director Stephanie Schott especially recommends these books from Commonsense Media’s list of new children’s books for 2019:
Good Night, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty
Thank You, Omu! by Ogre Mora
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
How to Code a Roller Coaster by Josh Funk
The Pigeon has to go to School by Mo Willems
How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander
A Piglet named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo
Because by Mo Willems
The Good Egg by Jory John
Reading Rockets’ list encourages you to celebrate this season of sharing, with books and reading. Happy Holidays from Reading Rockets!
You can find the list of 2019 Imagination Library books here.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has this advice: As you read the following lists of suggested toys for children of different ages, keep in mind that each child develops at an individual pace. Items on one list – as long as they are safe – can be good choices for children who are younger and older than the suggested age range.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidance that can help you navigate the shopping aisles. The best toys are those that match your child’s development skills and abilities and encourage the development of new skills.