New Children’s Books for Young Children

Newly released books for ages 3-8 to spark a love of reading.

K is for Kindergarten

By Erin Dealey, illustrated by Joseph Cowman

This read is great for upcoming kindergarteners. Each illustrated page is dedicated to a letter of the alphabet and describes a part of the school experience for your little one. On the side there are also activities associated with each letter. The “Kinder Countdowns” are for preschoolers looking forward to their first day of kindergarten and “Kinder Challenges” are activities for kids also in their first year of elementary school. Ages 4-6.

Photo courtesy of joseph cowman

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World

By Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

This book by Chelsea Clinton highlights 13 American women who persisted through times of hardship to make a difference in our country. Including the likes of Harriet Tubman and Sally Ride, the book also highlights lesser-known women as well such as Clara Lemlich, a woman who fought for safer working conditions for workers; and Maria Tallchief, a Native American girl who grew up to become the first great American prima ballerina. Ages 4-8.

She Persisted

The Teacher’s Pet

By Anica Mrose Rissi, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora

This is a story about a teacher who keeps one of the tadpoles from the classroom science project. Soon the tadpole, who turns out to be no ordinary tadpole, grows and grows and grows. The teacher’s pet begins to cause a ruckus in the classroom and the children must find a way to convince their teacher to let him go. The wonderful illustrations and storyline will keep your children entertained. Ages 4-8.

Fall is for School

By Robert Neubecker

This book is a great way to get your child excited about school and the fall season. In the story, a brother and sister are faced with the end of summer. The brother is dreading going back to school but the sister reminds him of all the fun that is had during the school year. The narrative and creative illustrations are sure to get your little one excited for another year of learning. Ages 4-6.

Fall is for School

Penguins Love Their ABC’s

By Sarah Aspinall

Six little penguins set out on an alphabet hunt. Their mother has placed objects in the snow that each begin with a different letter of the alphabet. Curious preschoolers can enjoy reading along and learning the alphabet as the penguins look through the snow. Ages 3-5.

photo courtesy of the blue sky press/scholastic

Lucky to Live in North Carolina

By Kate B. Jerome

Parents and children can read together and do activities in this book that is both storybook and memory book. Entertaining and informative spreads with read-aloud rhymes about local cuisine, attractions and famous North Carolinians encourage conversation. Children can then capture their own stories with pages of fill-in-the-blank prompts that ask them to record their favorite things. Ages 4-7.


photo courtesy of arcadia kids

One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!

By John Micklos Jr., illustrated by Clive McFarland

Enjoy rhymes as your little one helps count the numbers of leaves on the tree. The story takes readers from budding trees in spring to falling leaves in autumn with a countdown from 10 to one. This book is a great two-in-one learning experience, teaching your child how to count and how the seasons work. Ages 1-4.

photo courtesy of nancy paulson books