2017 has brought along new crop of children’s stories that are characterised by messages about exploring the world and cherishing relationships, as told through simple language and illustrations that are inherently charming. Here are the best of the latest children’s books. At the end of a list is a bonus; a wonderful and powerful Young Adult read for the elder siblings.
- I wrote You a Note by Lizi Boyd – The journey of a note from its writer to its recipient – one filled with nature, curiosity, imagination, and friendship along the way.
- My Little Cities series by Jennifer Adams – There is a London and a New York version that allow readers to learn about the cities’ most wonderful treasures through simple, lighthearted text and charming illustrations by Greg Pizzoli.
- This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe – This book showcases a day in the lives of seven children from around the world. Readers get an insight on what the world looks like from the perspective of a kid in Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia.
- A River by Marc Martin – Martin tells the imaginary journey of starts as a result of the view of a girl’s bedroom window: a river winding through the city.
- You and Me, Me and You – A tribute to fathers that celebrates the beauty of the special, meaningful relationship between father and child.
- Get it Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough – This Young Adult novel tells the story of 17 year old Delilah, who has to deal with a myriad of problems with her parents, the family cafe, the mean girls at school, and her best friend. Her life gets even more out of control when Rosa walks into it.