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7 Connection to Community Books

These books highlight the bedrock of the human experience: our reliance on and need for community. Community means finding ways to pitch in, being supported in times of need, and sharing trials and joys rather than experiencing them alone. These books all illustrate that by turning our focus outwards and connecting with those around us, we can better handle our feelings, accomplish challenging tasks, and enjoy the pleasure of gratitude for all that the community provides.

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7 New Tender Topics Books

Books on tender topics may not be in regular rotation for story hour, but when a student is facing a specific challenge (death or divorce in the family, disability, mood disorder, neurodivergence, incarcerated parent, etc.), it's important to have resources on hand. Picture books are an effective way to begin conversations. They equip teachers with thoughtful language and framing, and they let children know that their experiences are real and affirmed in the community.

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7LGBTQIA+ Pride Books

When it's June, it's Pride Month! This is a time of celebration for the LGBTQIA+ community and a time to push for continued acceptance and equal rights. As awareness grows, new challenges such as book bans emerge. One thing remains true for young children: Diverse books matter, and LGBTQIA+ books matter. They teach children to understand and respect the LGBTQIA+ people in their communities. And readers who are LGBTQIA+, or whose family members are LGBTQIA+, deserve to see themselves in their own children's books.

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7 Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Books

This month's national celebration of Americans hailing from Asia and the Pacific Islands was first recognized by Congress in the late 1970s. It was planned for May to commemorate the first Japanese immigration to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad—built primarily by Chinese immigrant laborers—on May 10, 1869. Today, 6 percent of people in the United States identify as Asian or Pacific Islander, from over 20 main national and ethnic subgroups. Their cultures and contributions enrich American life in innumerable ways. The books featured here, from one side of the Pacific to the other, offer readers an on-ramp to new worlds, cultures, families and situations, illuminating the Asian-American experience.

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7 New Women's History Titles

Women's History Month was created in the 1980s to celebrate the often overlooked contributions of women to American society. These contributions have often been made while fighting the headwinds of discrimination designed to limit women's efforts. As they fought for their right to succeed in the same arenas as men, women not only found success for themselves, but their contributions helped the nation. The same stories can be found around the globe. 

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7 New Black History Titles

It has been 98 years since Carter G. Woodson, the second African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University, created Negro History Week to put a spotlight on the impact African Americans have had on the course of U.S. history. Celebrated today as Black History Month, the purpose remains, as does the understanding that Black History must be taught all year, in addition to the special celebration it receives in February.

This year's theme is African Americans and the Arts. African Americans have borrowed from their rich and complex history to create some of the most important art movements the country and world have known, from music to writing to the visual arts to dance. Two of the books below feature lesser-known African Americans who made large contributions to arts and culture. And the third is the story of a little girl who works hard against race-based obstacles to ensure her achievements are recognized, which is exactly what this month of celebration aims to do.

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7 Books on Caring and Kindness

We can't control what the world lays at our doorstep, but we do get to decide how we treat those around us. Treating others with kindness can be transformative for us and them. Kindness is more than being nice. It's more than being polite and saying the easiest thing. It's about listening with a sympathetic ear, considering the other person, and finding ways to help. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's really hard, and sometimes we just need a little practice and some good examples.

 

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7 Celebrations & Traditions Books
This is the time of year for celebrating major holiday traditions in many cultures. But traditions are important year-round. They can be big or small, and they can be part of big holidays or simple everyday routines. Whether it's blessing a bite of food, inviting the whole family over, or shared remembrance, our traditions lend purpose to everyday life, give us a reason to gather, and help us impart values to the next generation. Amidst plentiful difficulties in life, traditions help us circle back to that which we can be grateful for, and gratitude has always been some of the best medicine.
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12 Board Books for Twos - Curriculum Builders

Who are the Twos you might ask? 

Embracing the joy of life, the Twos are little sponges, ready to absorb new experiences with a charming innocence and sense of awe. 

These 12 board books provide opportunities for building communication skills, learning new words, naming feelings, learning to share, and more. 

 

 

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7 Learning About the Natural World Books

Planet Earth needs our help, and children are naturals at pitching in for a good cause. To foster a commitment to the planet, it's important for children to learn about the natural world. From plant life to animals, weather patterns to the seasons, our planet offers endless learning and inspiration. The books below focus on migration of birds and butterflies in North America, teaching about the habits of these amazing animals, the way humans have disrupted their populations, and how we can create change to help them thrive.

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7 Books on the Importance of Inclusion

Inclusion is the third piece in the DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) triad. Diverse representation and equitable opportunities for all are essential starting points, but inclusion completes the picture. Inclusion means not just being invited to participate, not just being given opportunities, but having a sense of belonging in the group and feeling safe in one's identity, whether that's in relation to race, gender, socioeconomic status, or ability. The books below focus on the inclusion of differently-abled children.

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7 Books Honoring Indigenous Peoples

The Indigenous Peoples of the Americas are distinct groups with ancestral ties to the lands that came to be inhabited by European settlers. Their early interactions with Europeans have often been romanticized, and their distinct cultures are frequently mischaracterized as homogenous. Today, their history is better understood. And picture books are recognizing the unique traditions of different tribes and the modern ways in which Indigenous Peoples live today.

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7 Books on the Importance of Mindfulness

Mindfulness means staying in the present moment, able to observe one's thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and surroundings. It means slowing down, centering our focus on the here and now, and not letting racing thoughts of past and future distract us. Mindfulness is a crucial part of self-awareness, which is an important facet of childhood learning. How did that make me feel? How am I reacting? It helps children see themselves in connection with others and gives them the information they need to build friendships, manage themselves in school, and navigate challenges. Also, mindfulness exercises are calming! They make us feel good by clearing the clutter in our minds. These books give children the perspective and the tools to focus their thoughts and to listen to what the present moment has to offer.

Two board books, one paperback, and four hardcovers.

Ages 3-8.

 

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7 Stories that Build Confidence

Children have a big task in learning to navigate the social world around them—including being a friend, following classroom customs and community systems, and working together within their families. Self-confidence is crucial in helping children approach these complex interactions with greater equanimity. And having self-awareness helps them do it with greater skill and finesse. In the books below, the characters grapple with feelings of insecurity about their place in the world, but they learn to trust themselves and to reveal their authentic selves to those around them, strengthening their families and communities in the process.

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6 Back to School Books

The arrival of a new school year comes with so much anticipation! There's excitement, but there's also plenty to be anxious about. Whether starting in a new school or preparing to be in a new classroom, students wonder what school will be like and whether they'll be comfortable there. Conversations about what their day will look like—and books that give them an idea of what's ahead—can answer their questions and be immensely reassuring.

 

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7 All About the Family Books

Children take pride and comfort in their families, and they derive confidence from those who love them at home. One size doesn't fit all. Some families are separated by oceans, others live in the same town. Some are huge, others are tiny. Some have one parent, or two parents, or a grandparent who is like a parent. It's important that children's books reflect a variety of family structures so that children see themselves reflected in their books and appreciate that not all families are alike.

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Book Vine Staff Picks
We asked our staff about their favorite picture books and we were delighted by their choices, and the reasons that make these books their favorites. 
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7 LGBTQ+ Pride Books

June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, raise visibility, and push for continued acceptance and equal rights. Children's books are a crucial part of that effort. They teach children to understand and respect the LGBTQ+ people in their communities. And readers who are LGBTQ+, or whose family members are LGBTQ+, deserve to see themselves in their own children's books!  We're so happy that there has been a large increase in the number of LGBTQ+ books available for children over the past 10 years, including trans or gender-fluid books in the most recent years.

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6 Sturdy Books to Introduce Hardcovers

Early childhood teachers can attest that board books really are the best thing since sliced bread. They are the gateway to literacy and art for young children. Their sturdy pages mean that toddling paper-tearers everywhere can have the freedom to hug and hold and feel and tug on and turn pages of their favorite books, without causing expensive damage or requiring constant close supervision. But like every transitionary tool, there comes a time for the next step. Children become eager for the bigger, bolder illustrations and longer stories in hardcovers. These seven books feature thicker pages to stand up to those learning to turn pages in hardcover books. 

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7 Helping Others Books
One of childhood's most important social-emotional lessons is about developing empathy. It's important to feel for and to help someone else, whether a friend or a stranger. And while altruism may be nice, givers and sharers typically reap big benefits for their kindness, including appreciation or friendship or kindness in return. Good stories—ones in which characters realistically grapple with big feelings or vexing choices, not ones that preach pat life lessons—and the classroom discussions that stem from them are wonderful ways to nurture empathy.
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7 Math & Engineering Books
Children rely on math and engineering-two components of STEAM learning-to navigate and interact with the physical world around them. Whether examining patterns in art, building a sandcastle, or loading a backpack, everyday routines and play call on children to think like mathematicians and engineers. Good books can support their exploration!
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7 Hispanic Heritage Books
National Hispanic Heritage Month, which starts in mid-September, is an opportunity to celebrate Americans whose ancestors arrived from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. People immigrated from these countries throughout U.S. history, making Hispanic history and contributions a fundamental part of the fabric of America. Children's books celebrating Hispanic heritage are increasingly specific in the countries and traditions they feature. It's important for children to understand that, under the umbrella of Spanish-speaking heritage, there are diverse and distinct stories that merit their attention.
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6 Books on Navigating Change

Change can be hard for young children, who derive a sense of security from consistency and routine. And yet, it's unavoidable. Adapting to change is one of the most essential skills we learn. Social-emotional book titles which discuss navigating change are important in any classroom, whether it's about changing one's daily routine or saying goodbye to ailing relative. These books display a variety of strategies for handling the big life changes that everyone experiences. Young readers will feel comfort in the characters' stories and in knowing that they're not alone.

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Spring into STEAM Books
Sparking and interest in science, technology, engineering, art and music means encouraging creative and varied approaches to learning. These six hardcovers and one board book fit the creative, the interesting and the dynamic text and illustrations we look for in high-quality STEAM titles. 
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7 Asian American Heritage Books

Asian immigration to America began with the arrival of Chinese laborers in 1850. In the decades following, waves of immigration came from Japan, Korea, India, the Philippines, and other Asian countries. Each wave was met in its new home by two opposing tensions: the need for laborers to build the growing country, and racist policies of exclusion that led to routine and painful discrimination. The books featured below explore the incredible contributions and struggles of Asian immigrants, raising awareness among young readers of the Asian American experience in its many iterations.

Six hardcovers for ages 4-8, and one hardcover for ages 6-9.

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