In order to be a Parents’ Picks Award Winner, these products go through a rigorous approval process with over 50 criteria, including thinking skills, character building, engagement, ease of use, innovativeness, quality, durability, and creative thinking. These products come highly recommended and we hope you will love these award winning elementary school products as much as we do. With over fifty applications, we took extensive time with each product to whittle it down to our top 10 picks. Here are our 2018 Parents’ Picks for the Top 10 Best Books for Kids.
NOTE: THESE ARE LISTED IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER.
Are you a parent or teacher hoping to encourage children to eat more veggies and fruits? Want to support healthy eating messages in a fun, educational and positive way? Looking for great educational messaging with peer-to-peer messaging? Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow uses charming illustrations by 12-year old Alexander Guylay combined with real-life photography and simple rhymes by award winning nutrition educator Kathryn Kemp Guylay to create an augmented reality that immediately draws kids into the story. Kids are introduced to Blake, the main character, who feels sleepy (low energy) and wonders why he doesn t have the energy to play like other kids. Blake meets a friendly, magical leprechaun who takes Blake on a journey to find the pot of gold (a metaphor for good health and energy). Blake is shrunk down to tiny size and explores the colorful world of fruits and veggies. The colors (and fruits and veggies) lead to the pot of gold, where Blake feels vibrant and full of energy. The book addresses healthy eating, specifically fruits and veggies, in an engaging and positive way. Targeting early childhood and elementary school age groups, this picture book will be simple yet profound in promoting healthy eating habits in children. Each page is created for maximum engagement, using a delightful combination of photography, illustration, color and text. Think The Wizard of Oz meets Honey, I Shrunk the Kids meets nutrition and health literature.
My First Yoga ABC
The littlest of ‘readers’ will delight in seeing charming illustrations of children and animal friends demonstrating yoga poses and introducing the ABCs in My First Yoga ABC board book. Based on the award-winning ABCs of Yoga for Kids series of books and learning tools, this fun title is sure to become a favorite with your infant or toddler! Each page features a block letter of the alphabet, along with a corresponding yoga pose, such as “Aa is for Airplane,” “Ff is for Frog,” and many more. The ABCs of Yoga for Kids books and learning tools are used in schools, libraries, childcare facilities, yoga studios and homes worldwide. My First Yoga ABC is sure to charm, educate and bring joy to young budding readers and yogis.
A Bird On Water Street by Elizabeth O. Dulemba – A Bird On Water Street is a coming of age story about Jack, the son of a miner growing up in a Southern Appalachian town environmentally devastated by a century of poor copper-mining practices. After a tragic accident and a massive company layoff, the miners go on strike. When nature begins to flourish as a result, Jack fights to protect it, but the cost could be the ruin of everything he loves.
A baby hippo looks at his reflection in the wáter and notices that he has a missing tooth. He runs around the woods, asking his friends if they have seen it, but they only want to talk about their teeth. Will the hippo find his tooth?
The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob trilogy early chapter book series – Entertain and inspire your kids with The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob award-winning early chapter books for ages 6 and up. With captivating rhymes and colorful illustrations, the stories reveal timeless achievement principles as children follow Blue Ocean Bob on his oceanic quest to protect all life in the Sea of Kerchoo. With his friend and guardian, Xena the hummingbird, by his side, Bob is guided by the wise and happy sea creatures as he learns important lessons about purpose, vision, goals, gratitude, and creativity, among others. In addition, Bob’s maritime challenges and aquatic friends foster an appreciation for our oceans and sea life.
If It Does Not Grow – Just Say No Eatable Activities for Kids Book was created for children of all ages to discover how much fun they can have with fruits and vegetables. They will be entertained for hours as they:
• draw and write about their favorite foods,
• learn why fruits and vegetables are so awesome,
• try easy recipes for fun foods,
• see how brave they are about trying new fruits and veggies,
• make food art,
• and more!
Whether they ask a friend to join them, or do activities on their own, kids will have a blast on this food adventure. Get your fruits and veggies ready; they’re about to become very popular!
Mitzvah Moose – New for Hanukkah 2018, Mitzvah Moose is an adorable plush moose with included storybook. The antlers on the moose are in the shape of candles and light up! The book is about Moshe, the Mensch on a Bench, and the moose doing good deeds, aka “Mitzvahs.” A great book to celebrate during Hanukkah that will encourage kids to do good deeds.
Reindolphins – A delightful, whimsical, and humorous Christmas tale with stunning illustrations. Three days before Christmas, all of Santa’s reindeer find themselves bedridden with chicken pox. Flustered, Santa does not know what to do, until an elf suggests finding an alternative critter to take their place for this Christmas while the reindeer recover. Many species come from near and far, hoping to win this unique opportunity to pull Santa’s sleigh. Elephants, skunks, rabbits, hippos, pigs, cats, monkeys, otters and more auditioned for the role but, one by one, showed that they were not what Santa was looking for. With almost all animal species having failed the test, the elf points to the water where the dolphins are playing. After almost having cancelled Christmas, Santa is overjoyed to have finally found the perfect replacements to pull his sleigh.
I’ve Loved You Since Forever is a celebratory and poetic testament to the timeless love felt between parent and child. This beautiful picture book is inspired by New York Times bestselling author and Today show co-host Hoda Kotb’s heartwarming adoption of her baby girl, Haley Joy.
With Kotb’s lyrical text and stunning pictures by Suzie Mason, young ones and parents will want to snuggle up and read the pages of this book together, over and over again. This book is a bighearted celebration of new motherhood that may especially appeal to families with adopted children
In this story, a child is visited by his first chance and unsure what to do with it, he lets it go. Later on, when a new chance arrives he reaches for it, but this time he misses and falls. Embarrassed and afraid, he begins ignoring each new chance that comes by, even though he still wants to take them. Then one day he realizes that he doesn’t need to be brave all the time, just at the right time, to find out what amazing things can happen when he takes a chance. This book inspires kids of all ages and parents alike to find the courage to go for the opportunities that come their way. Because you never know when a chance, once taken, might be the one to change everything.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the 2018 Top 10 Best Books for Elementary School Kids. You can view other award-winning products here.