Nine of Our Favorite New Books of 2012

We love to add books to our library throughout the year and this year some of the highlights would make great gifts this holiday season for toddlers and young children. Hopefully there is something new for everyone to explore, but you can also share some of your favorite new books you discovered this year with everyone in the comments below!

A. Unlikely Friendships for Kids is a fun little series that talks about true stories of surprising animal friendships written just for kids. My daughter adores animals and we have read the chapters of the fascinating animal relationships many times over.

B. If you are looking for a step up from Good Night Moon for a preschooler or young child, I’m Not Tired Yet is a fun little book that makes bedtime resistance a little less stressful by adding a playful twist to an often frustrating battle. From fish kisses to hugs, it is just the reassurance some kids need before they snuggle into bed.

C. If your kids are hands on, How Do You Feed a Hungry Giant? features fun and creative pop ups that they will love. Not only that, the book includes some “giant-sized” recipes for your kids to keep their hands busy with a fun activity after you have read the book.

D. My son received llama llama red pajama as part of his Christmas gift last year and we love this sweet little series. We already owned llama llama home with mama and were able to add the original to our collection thanks to a generous aunt.

E. ‘Twas the Mouse Who Saved Christmas is a darling personalized book that my daughter cannot get enough of. It is a high quality, hard bound personalized book and your child’s name is personalized in many places and illustrations throughout the book. If you are looking to add a Christmas book to your collection this year I would highly recommend this one, but hurry because if you want to ensure Christmas delivery you will need to order by December 11th.

F. Our Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? Slide and Find book was a replacement for our original board book we had when my daughter was an infant and has been one of my son’s favorites this year. My daughter also likes to read it to him, because the words are simple and I love to watch them reading together.

G. I remember watching the Winter Olympics as a young girl and feeling a connection with Kristi Yamaguchi, who was a Japanese-American role model I looked up to. I had no idea she was also a Children’s author until her second book It’s a Big World, Little Pig was released this year and her original release Dream Big, Little Pig is on our idea list for friends and family to get my daughter this Christmas.

H. Kids are curious and full of questions, many of which I regularly find I do not have the answer for. Although a quick online search for more information is always an option books like The Big Book of What? are perfect for satisfying their yearning to learn with a side range of subjects. We also own The Big Book of How and another title The Big Book of Why is also available in this series for your curious, question asking children.

I. I have not been on top of teaching my kids very much of the Japanese language, but I made it a point to begin teaching them about some of the folk stories this year. Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories is one of two books in this series that we own and they cover most of the famous and most frequently told tales from Japan.

Some samples were provided, but other books were purchased by the author or received as gifts from family or friends. No monetary compensation was received and the views and opinions are my own. Affiliate links may be used when available.

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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