Clever plots and cool characters abound in these top titles nominated by our panel of children’s librarians and tested with kids.
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Big Fish Little Fish by Jonathan Litton, illustrated by Fhiona Galloway
In this bubbly tale about how eels, hammerheads, tiddlers, and other sea creatures spend their day, fish-shaped cutouts helped hold the attention of our toddler testers. “My 18-month-old used the cutouts to turn the pages, and the story had a nice flow to it,” says one mom. Basic opposites (like slow and fast, sad and happy, and, of course, big and little) make this book relevant into preschool.
TouchThinkLearn: ABC by Xavier Deneux
While the word choices for each letter are clever—U stands for universe—the design is what makes this book stand out. “The raised die-cut letters encourage toddlers and preschoolers to trace them with their fingers,” says Kate Simpson, who manages the children’s department of the Central Library in San Antonio. “Plus, simple styled images are incorporated into some of the letters themselves.”
Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton
Parents appreciated the calming, repetitive phrasing (like “ahhhh, yawn,” and “we’re too tired”) while kid reviewers related to the plot (all the animals are sleepy except Little Bear). “It’s the perfect length,” says one mom of a 4-year-old. “The book feels substantial, but you can finish it in ten minutes.”