2021 Greatest Image Books for Preschoolers Awards

Welcome to the 2021 Greatest Image Books for Preschoolers Awards!

I began this award final 12 months, and am now delighted to share the most effective books for preschoolers (two-six 12 months previous youngsters) revealed in 2021!
Now we have had books nominated by dozens of publishers, authors, lecturers, and oldsters! I’ve actually learn a whole lot of books in getting ready this record! Narrowing it right down to solely 21 winners was terribly troublesome! There are a lot of different good books, however I really imagine each preschooler must be uncovered to those books!

These award winners had been judged on the next standards:
1- Does this e-book add important worth to the literature accessible for preschoolers?

2- Do preschoolers take pleasure in having somebody learn this e-book to them?

3- Do adults take pleasure in studying these books and/or see worth in studying them to youngsters?

4- Was this e-book revealed between October 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021?

Clearly awards have a subjective nature to them, and because the host of the award, I retain the ultimate verdict in selecting every title. I hope you benefit from the winners!

A fast be aware out of your sponsor: These awards are delivered to you by Preschool Powol Packets (your host right here!), and Turtle Trails Publishing! Turtle Trails Publishing launched three paperback books final 12 months (Ten Very Merry Yetis, Who Wants a Volcano?, and When Will Cicada Sing?), however they weren’t included within the contest as a result of we do not need to create a battle of curiosity!

And now, on to the awards! I’ve divided the profitable books into eight classes: Most Necessary, Snicker Out Loud Enjoyable, Inspiration, Feelings & Social Abilities, Incapacity Consciousness, Nonfiction, For New Readers, and Nice Explanations:

The MOST IMPORTANT image books from 2021 concentrate on private power and the facility we every have for good:

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman encourages us to be the change we want on this planet. I really like this quote from the creator: “My hope was to craft a poem that might take younger readers on a journey of self-discovery and finally empower them to see how they might turn into change-makers…”
The Tree in Me by Corinna Luyken reminds us that all of us have power and potential that we typically overlook.
Apple’s Large Dream by Jessica Collaco is a poignant reminder that typically disappointment can result in happiness, and if we will enable our plans to alter, typically they end up even higher than we anticipate!

LAUGH OUT LOUD FUN books are particularly pleasant to learn and reread, for each youngsters and adults:

The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming follows a paranoid squirrel that thinks somebody is stealing his leaves! I particularly just like the seasons and science connections!

These INSPIRATION books encourage our world-views and encourage us tor attain increased:

Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Pena reminds us that we won’t decide others whereas encouraging our personal inventive outlook.
Born to Stand Out by Nikki Rogers is a inventive and cute reminder that the world wants all of our distinctive preferences! My children particularly cherished matching up every species of chameleon that was represented within the story with its image within the backmatter pages, and “discovering” the primary character all through the e-book!

The EMOTIONS & SOCIAL SKILLS books use incredible and easy tales to deal with emotions which can be frequent in preschoolers:

Large Emotions by Alexandra Penfold appears at disappointment, pleasure, sharing, and problem-solving all within the context of a inventive playground creation!
Jenny Mei is Unhappy by Tracy Subisak is a mild reminder that we do not at all times understand how others are feeling. Youngsters who’ve skilled nice disappointment would possibly nonetheless present up and smile typically, and we have to keep in mind to be type to everybody.
Gilly Ghost Loves Scaring the Most by Heather Robyn teaches children about boundaries (each respecting others and insisting that others respect yours) with a hilarious and cute ghost story. My preschoolers discovered cute little Gilly so cute that we “had” to re-read the e-book a number of occasions, which after all emphasised the essential lesson (with out feeling “preachy”) as effectively! 

These DISABILITY AWARENESS books are every great tales that may function a springboard for a lot larger subjects:

What Occurred to You? by James Catchpole reveals children how youngsters with these disabilities must be acknowledged for themselves, and never any disabilities they could have. Backmatter even contains ideas on tips on how to discuss to your children about youngsters with seen disabilities and what sorts of questions they may be bored with listening to.
This Child Can Hyperfocus by Patty DeDurr is all about dedication and friendship, however the refined challenges and strengths that may include ADHD trip slightly below the floor all through your complete story. My preschoolers love this child, and the story emphasizes some necessary facets of ADHD that I shared with my older children as effectively.
Mighty Mila by Katie Petruzziello is a narrative about Mila desirous to do every thing by herself, a wrestle each preschooler can relate to! It simply occurs that Mila additionally has cochlear implants, which creates an awesome springboard for discussions together with your youngsters, starting from the science behind listening to loss to how a lot youngsters have in frequent (whether or not or not they’ve seen disabilities). 

These NONFICTION books embrace historical past, counting, and hidden footage:

Ten Little Sandpipers by Kim Ann is a counting e-book for younger youngsters. One in every of my preschoolers stored this e-book inside arm’s attain for about three weeks, and we learn it a number of occasions a day! They love the cute sandpipers, predictable rhymes, hidden footage, and counting follow!
There it’s! Ahi Esta! A Search & Discover E book in English & Spanish by Marta Almansa Esteva includes a set of themed “hidden” footage on each web page, with labels in English and Spanish. The hidden footage are completely irresistible, and this e-book got here with us on each automotive drive for a couple of month! They’re “hidden” simply exhausting sufficient that younger youngsters really feel very profitable as they discover them with out help, and I recognize the bilingual side of the e-book as effectively.


See the Cat: Three Tales A few Canine by David LaRochelle may simply match within the Snicker Out Loud class above — it’s completely hilarious! The story proceeds between a narrator who says issues like “See the cat.” and the primary character, a canine, who replies with issues like “I’m not a cat!” The humor is sensible! I’m placing it on this class, nevertheless, as a result of a lot of the phrases are decodable, which makes it good for youths who’re prepared to begin studying a number of the phrases of their books!
What’s an Og? by Mary Barry turned one other most-requested e-book the primary time we learn it. With enjoyable phrase play and rhymes, the reader is launched to an “og” — a creature made out of logs, canines, frogs, and different hilarious mixtures of phrases that finish with ‘-og.’  My preschoolers love after I learn it to them, and my starting reader cherished seeing so many phrases that she may decode as we learn.

These GREAT EXPLANATIONS books vary from fable to flower anatomy–they all have a really distinctive means of explaining issues:

How the Zebras Misplaced Their Colours by Janet R. Adams is a contemporary fable about how the zebras coloured the world round whereas discovering their very own id. My preschoolers cherished monitoring the colours, seeing what modified, and discussing how some animals are colourful and others are black and white.
One Drop, Limitless Ripples by Jayshree L. Patel introduces the water cycle with a mild poem. My preschoolers had been entranced by the illustrations, and insisted on discovering and counting the “hidden” drops on each web page. I additionally love the bizarre strategy to the water cycle!
What’s Inside a Flower by Rachel Ignotofsky has preschooler-friendly diagrams of flower anatomy, together with great explanations of how vegetation work! This can be a incredible child-friendly reference e-book! (Sure, this additionally matches within the Nonfiction class, however I really like its explanations an excessive amount of to not put it right here!)

A Be aware to Authors & Publishers:

Authors and publishers who had been featured are welcome to share this record, hyperlink to it, and share the collage photographs. You might be additionally welcome to make use of this digital badge in your personal promotional functions:

In case you are an creator or writer who want to have your 2022 books thought of for subsequent 12 months’s awards, please plan on submitting your e-book between November 1st, 2022 and February 1st, 2023. You possibly can join right here to obtain an e-mail when submissions open in November.


Comfortable Educating,


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