16 Children’s Books to Look Forward to in 2016

Every so often we like to share a list of children’s books, usually revolving around a central theme like adventurous summer stories or spooky tales for Halloween, to help bring parents and children together for some quality reading time. So to start the new year on the right foot with the right book, here is our exciting list of delightful new reads to enjoy with the little ones in 2016! Happy New Year! Happy Reading!

By A. Noelle

2016 Star Wars Little Golden Book Chelsea Foundation

1. I Am a Jedi (Star Wars) (Little Golden Book) by Golden Books (Ages 2 – 5)

Release Date: 5 January 2016

Kids can’t get enough Star Wars? Give them more of the epic space saga in the Little Golden Book format! True to that Little Golden Book style, this new release is filled with retro illustrations of Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the rest of the brave Jedi that little Star Wars fans will instantly recognize. Be sure to check out some of the other Star Wars Little Golden Books coming out next year like I Am a Droid and I Am a Pilot.

2. Thank You! (Animal Sounds) (Board book) by Ethan Long (Ages 2 – 3)

Release Date: 3 May 2016

3. Abracadabra, It’s Spring! (Seasonal Magic) by Anne Sibley O’Brien (Ages 3 – 5)

Release Date: 16 February 2016

2016 Forest Feast Chelsea Foundation

4. The Forest Feast for Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes That Are Simple to Make by Erin Gleeson (Ages 8 – 12)

Release Date: 16 February 2016

The popular Forest Feast is now for kids! Food blogger Erin Gleeson’s first children’s cookbook serves up fun, kid-friendly vegetarian recipes that are quick, simple, and healthy. Pesto Pepper Pizza, Rainbow Chard Quiche, Kale Tacos—these flavorful meals reflect the rustic, natural beauty of the woodsy California setting where Gleeson first dreamt up her recipes. This nonfiction book for kids includes crafty table decoration ideas, an illustrated guide on kitchen safety, and a glossary of culinary terms.

5. Guess Who, Haiku by Deanna Caswell (Ages 3 – 5)

Release Date: 8 March 2016

6. Red’s Planet: Book 1 by Eddie Pittman (Ages 8 – 12)

Release Date: 19 April 2016

7. Once Upon an Elephant by Linda Stanek (Ages 4 – 8)

Release Date: 10 February 2016

2016 Hour of the Bees Chelsea Foundation

8. Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar (Ages 10 – 14)

Release Date: 8 March 2016

Carol is spending her summer vacation in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. As she spends more time with Grandpa Serge, Carol becomes fascinated by his crazy stories and starts questioning what it means to be true to her roots.

9. Rules of the House by Mac Barnett (Ages 3 – 5)

Release Date: 3 May 2016

10. Fresh Delicious by  Irene Latham (Ages 4 – 8)

Release Date: 8 March 2016

11. National Geographic Readers: Follow Me: Animal Parents and Babies by Shira Evans (Ages 2 – 5)

Release Date: 1 March 2016

2016 Steamboat School Chelsea Foundation

12. Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson (Ages 3 – 5)

Release Date: 7 June 2016

It’s 1847, and the school that James attends has just been shut down by a new law forbidding African American education in Missouri. Determined to continue teaching his students, Reverend John Berry Meachum decides to build a floating school in the Mississippi River. Based on true events, this is a story of the pursuit of knowledge in the face of discrimination.

13. Where Do Steam Trains Sleep at Night? by  Brianna Caplan Sayres (Ages 3 – 7)

Release Date: 24 May 2016

14. How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends? by Jane Yolen (Ages 3 – 5)

Release Date: 23 February 2016

15. The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal (Ages 4 – 8)

Release Date: 12 January 2016

2016 Inspector Flytrap Chelsea Foundation

16. Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger (Ages 6 – 9)

Release Date: 2 August 2016

This funny illustrated chapter-book series is about a mystery-solving Venus flytrap. Yes, it’s a plant detective, who must be wheeled everywhere (on a skateboard, of course) by his trusty sidekick Nina the Goat. Reluctant readers may not be able to disengage themselves from the unique adventures, as they attempt to solve BIG cases with these silly characters.


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