Today is Children’s Book Day and we’re excited to share some of our favorites with you! Children’s Book Day is the perfect day to read with your kids—introduce to them your favorite and they can read their favorites to you. Remember, as you add a new book to your collection, a great way to make space is by sharing the literary magic with a donation to your local library. From Harold and the Purple Crayon to Malala’s Magic Pencil, the books on this list will empower your kiddos to use their imaginations and voices for good!
1. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
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Inspiring young readers for over 60 years, Harold and the Purple Crayon, tells the tale of an imaginative young boy who creates himself a world of adventure with just one color! Have your kiddos what they can do with all of them!
2. Click, Clack Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
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In this silly book, Farmer Brown has a problem with his cows—they’re typing his notes! Soon the cows start to demand better conditions for their barn, saying it’s too cold and they want electric blankets. Through an exchange of notes, the cows and Farmer Brown must settle their differences and make the farm a better place!
3. You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer! By Shana Corey
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This book will introduce women’s rights activist, Amelia Bloomer, to your tiny feminist-in-training. The story of a woman who is tired of dressing like a nineteenth-century “proper lady” will surely get a giggle while inspiring your little one to stand up for what they believe in! Amelia takes a stance against oppressive clothing by inventing bloomers, pants to liberate women and girls to live their most proactive life!
4. Frederick by Leo Lionni
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Frederick tells the story of a family of field mice preparing for the winter, while its message simultaneously stresses the real-world importance of creative arts. While the other mice gather food for the winter, Frederick soaks up the sun and gathers words for the grey days to come. His brothers judge him until it’s Frederick’s time to share the supplies he has gathered. Let this book encourage your little artist!
5. Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
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Authored by Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Malala Yousafzai, this book shares the autobiographical story of the young activist. As a child, Malala wished to have a magic pencil to redraw her reality. With a message about the importance of education and speaking one’s truth, this book is sure to be a go-to on your bookshelf!