Sure, the adult world is pretty much a sh*tshow this year, but hey – there’s always children’s books to lift our spirits at the end of the day. If you’ve got young kids at home (or kids to buy for), these 6 books should be on your must-buy list this holiday season.
#6. Florette by Anna Walker
All books are art, but some are works of art, and this story of a girl forced to leave her garden home for a place in the city qualifies as the latter.
#5. Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
In a time when many people are looking for ways to raise children of all genders without labels, the story of Julian and his female-dominated world is a perfect example for readers of all ages.
#4. Lucia the Luchadora and the Million Masks by Cynthia Leonor Garza
From the Hispanic heroine to the incorporation of an “everyday” superhero more worried about how to handle her annoying little sister than saving the world, this is a fun, empowering story with just the right dose of girl power.
#3. Pearl by Molly Idle
This soothing tale about a girl given a grain of sand to watch over only to see it grow into something beautiful aims to teach children about calmness and empathy – and totally succeeds.
#2. Drawn Together by Minh Le and Dan Santat
It’s impossible not to be touched by this story about a boy and his grandfather, unable to communicate with words due to a language barrier but finding a way to connect through a mutual love of art.
#1. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
Sometimes, books don’t need to be anything other than immensely entertaining, and this one delivers in spades.
You should read them too, if you’re in need of a pick-me-up. And who isn’t?