Best Children’s Books of 2016

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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Board Book

Big Fish Little Fish by Jonathan Litton, illustrated by Fhiona Galloway

Ages: Birth-3

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.

Alphabet Book

TouchThinkLearn: ABC by Xavier Deneux 

Ages: 2-5

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.”

Bedtime Book

Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton

Ages: 3-6

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.”

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