6 Children’s Books To Celebrate World Book Day

Apr 19, 2023 | Sitters, Parents

Spending time reading books can spark a child’s imagination, develop their language skills, and instill good values. As parents and caregivers, it’s essential to find books that not only entertain but also educate and invite conversation. We’ve compiled a list of six great children’s books that do just that. From celebrating the hard work of mothers to teaching responsibility and accountability, these books cover a range of topics through exciting illustrations and storylines.

All Moms Work

Written by Kate Rosenow and illustrated by Yuliia Zolotova, All Moms Work explores the concept that all moms are working moms whether they stay at home, work outside the home, or do a combination of both. So much of the unpaid labor in our society falls on a mom’s to-do list, and because the work is unpaid, it often goes unnoticed. This book helps kids appreciate all of the work moms do. 

This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World

Written and illustrated by Matt Lamothe, This is How We Do It is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of seven children from around the world. Through vivid illustrations and simple text, readers learn about each child’s daily routine, from waking up in the morning to going to bed at night. Along the way, they’ll discover the unique cultural traditions, foods, and activities that make each child’s life special.

The Name Jar

Written and illustrated by Yangsook Choi, The Name Jar tells the story of a young Korean girl named Unhei. Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. With colorful illustrations and a message of self-acceptance, The Name Jar is a wonderful book for young readers.

But It’s Not My Fault!

Written by Julia Cook and illustrated by Anita DuFalla, But It’s Not My Fault! is a funny and relatable story about taking responsibility for one’s actions. The book follows a young boy named Noodle who always finds excuses for his mistakes until his teacher helps him see the importance of owning up to his choices. With playful illustrations and a positive message, But It’s Not My Fault! is a great children’s book for teaching kids about accountability.

Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners

Written and illustrated by Laurie Keller, Do Unto Otters is a playful and engaging book about the importance of good manners. The book follows Mr. Rabbit as he learns how to treat his new otter neighbors with respect and kindness. Through funny illustrations and clever wordplay, readers are reminded of the basic principles of good manners, from saying please and thank you to being a good listener.

What Should Danny Do? (The Power to Choose Series)

Written by Adir Levy and Ganit Levy, and illustrated by Mat Sadler, What Should Danny Do? is an interactive book that empowers kids to make their own choices. The story follows a boy named Danny as he faces a series of challenges throughout his day, from deciding what to eat for breakfast to dealing with a bully at school. At various points in the story, readers are given a choice of two options for how Danny should respond, and the outcome of the story changes depending on the reader’s choices. With its innovative format and engaging story, What Should Danny Do? is a great book for teaching kids about decision-making and problem-solving skills.

These are just a few of the great children’s books that help kids learn about new cultures, develop empathy, and explore their creativity. Let’s celebrate World Book Day by reading an extra book at bedtime or by replacing screen time with storytime.

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