Our youngest readers have seen their routines disrupted, screen time skyrocket, proximity to friends vanish, and parents showing unavoidable signs of stress and fatigue. Here are a few titles to offer children the vocabulary and images to help process self-quarantine and its ramifications.
Charlotte Agell and Ana Ramírez González$17.99 $16.55
Elba drags a block with her wherever she goes, the burdensome weight of grief she can’t yet set aside. With the patient help of cheerful Norris, the block grows smaller and easier for Elba to bear. An exceedingly empathetic portrayal of kindness, hardship, and the comfort of friends.
Todd Parr$17.99 $16.55
Deborah Marcero$17.99 $16.55
Solitary bunny Llewellyn collects ordinary objects in jars until meeting Eveyln, another bunny. Together, the two capture extraordinary experiences in their jars, beauty that even distance between them won’t diminish. This book works well as a conversation starter about shared experiences having meaning even when children experience the events while apart.
Jef Aerts and Sanne Loo$17.95 $16.51
Two children’s friendship stays strong after one moves from the countryside to the city, while the pits from cherries they’d eaten together bloom into trees that line the miles between their homes. A lovely little story about lasting relationships that hold a special place in a child’s heart, even when distance between loved ones is great.
Corinna Luyken$17.99 $16.55
Cori Doerrfeld$17.99 $16.55
Perfection -- a picture book that should be on every toddler's shelf to help process frustration and loss.
Lizzy Rockwell$18.98 $17.46
Brightly colored and expressive children model a wide range of emotional states to offer children the vocabulary to describe their feelings.
Saxton Freymann, Joost Elffers, et al.$7.99 $7.35
Very similar to How Do You Feel? in that it offers children expressive images to help them identify their own emotional state. This time, though, the faces are found in fruits and vegetables!
Deborah Freedman$17.99 $16.55
Even the smallest among us plays an important role to the health of our community.
Jessika Von Innerebner$17.99 $16.55
Not every day is a happy day -- even unicorns have a bad day sometimes!
Jessica Hische$17.99 $16.55
Also see her book Tomorrow I'll Be Kind -- hand lettered affirmations of every reader's ability to be their best self, with every new day an opportunity to try again.
Dan Santat$17.99 $16.55
Humpty Dumpty's story, after his fall -- an affirmation of every reader's ability to dust themselves off and continue in the face of challenges.
Kathryn Cave and Nick Maland$8.99 $8.27
Ben’s got dragons, big, scary ones that show up when he least suspects them. With everything going on lately, YOU may be new to having dragons — nobody deserves them, but you have to confront them because it’s just EXHAUSTING to pretend a dragon isn’t there. Instead, acknowledge your dragon, familiarize yourself with it, and talk to someone about your dragon. Dragons won’t stick around forever.
Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault$17.99 $16.55
Kids will never stop asking why, and the father in this book offers some wildly creative answers to bedtime queries.