February 3, 2018

#kidlitpicks January Round-Up: 21 Books About New Beginnings

@kidlitpicks started the year with a theme of New Beginnings, chosen and introduced by Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople — “This is the beginning of anything you want.” —Author Unknown.

Every New Year is synonymous with a new beginning, we set resolutions and goals for the year ahead which sometimes leads to challenging transitions in our children’s lives. Perhaps this will be the year your child starts a new school, welcomes a new sibling or relocates to a new home. No matter the new challenge in your child’s life, picture books are a great way to inspire, motivate and encourage children with the challenges of new beginnings.



Florette, by Anna Walker
Both word and breathtaking illustration work seamlessly together to share Mae’s experience, her patience, adaptability and influence on her new community and new friends.” — Summer from @readingisourthing


Clare's Goodbye, by Libby Gleeson and Anna Pignataro
Clare’s Goodbye is a poignant yet peaceful tale that is relatable even if one hasn’t moved house before. We say goodbye often over a lifetime, and we each have our own different ways and processes. Gleeson and Pignataro portray this perfectly. — Summer from @readingisourthing



The Digger and the Flower, by ​​Joseph Kuefler
Kuefler's selective use of color highlights the differences in sensation between being amongst urban city buildings and being in nature." — Mel from @spiky_penelope


The Journey, by Francesca Sanna
Reading it with my daughter was one of the first times I openly cried about something so real and tender in front of her.” — Katie from @afriendlyaffair


Snuggle the Baby, by Sara Gillingham
There's even a little baby to pop out and play with!” — Claire from @alittlebookhabit


I Sleep in a Big Bed, by Maria van Lieshout
"If you are transitioning your toddler from crib to big kid bed, this story may ease this sometimes scary change.."  Leah from @astoryaday


The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle
Such an inspiring and lovely read to start the year” —  Kim from @bookbairn


Norman, the Slug with the Silly Shell, by Sue Hendra
Follow Norman as he fulfills his snail studded dreams.” — Miranda from @bookbloom


The Tomorrow Book, by Jackie French and Sue deGennaro
“An inspiring story about a wonderful tomorrow.”  De from @books_and_babycinos


Through the Gate, by Sally Fawcett
This book is beautifully poignant, genius in its simplicity and the illustrations are irresistible.”  Carissa from @bookskidslove_


Ice in the Jungle, by Ariane Hofmann-Manjar
Can a polar bear adjust to life in the jungle?”  Arielle from @childrensbooksgalore


Tree, by Danny Parker
It is a tale of discovery that every end can also be a new beginning and also explores the cycle of life and death, the turn of seasons and survival of the fittest.”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople


The Sloth Who Came To Stay, by Margaret Wild
This is such an amusing story with a lovely message (and the cutest sloth ever!) to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople


Jelly and the Leaf, by Mary McCaffrey
Jelly and the Leaf is a sweet story that teaches kids mindfulness and a practical skill on how to overcome fear.”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople



Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems about School, by Kay Winters and Patrice Barton
The charming watercolor illustrations showcase a diverse cast of students and teachers.” — Charnaie from @hereweeread


After the Fall, by Dan Santat
"It's truly a magical moment when a story can transcend its pages and reach into our own lives." — Wendy from @homegrownreader


Pup and Bear, by Kate Banks and Naoko Stoop
New beginnings are exciting, but they can be scary too. If you’re lucky, help can be found for those hard starts.” — Heather from @kidlitbookbits


Here We Are, by Oliver Jeffers
With lovely illustrations and tenderly truthful words, I love reading this book with my own small humans.” — Anna from @kidlitcrafts



The Great Race, by Christopher Corr
This is a top-quality read for this niche in the picture book market and perfect for the Year of the Dog starting on February 16th.” — Shannon from @ohcreativeday


Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book, by Britta Teckentrup
It is simple but beautiful. And such a great way to talk about the phases of the moon and new beginnings.” — Michelle from @the.book.report


School's First Day of School, by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson
Both Adam Rex and Christian Robinson are American Children’s Literature flag bearers, and TOGETHER they are hitting every mark!” — Liam from @words.and.illustrations