Reading Suggestions for Kids: New Non-Fiction, Picture Books, Novels, Board Books, & More!

Monday, May 9, 2022
I'm long overdue in sharing my favorite book picks for kids this month! I've gathered some brand new non-fiction titles, board books, picture books, early readers, and even novels for young adults and teens. Scroll down to see my latest reading suggestion list for kids! 

Disclosure: Some books were sent to me as samples, but all opinions are my own. Also, this post contains some affiliate links to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I may earn a (very small) commission from qualifying purchases. You can read more about this on my Disclosure page. That being said, I also love to shop local, so if you know a small business owner who sells books or you can find these titles in a local shop, I encourage you to look there first!

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Little Kids First Board Book: Insects 

Designed to be the stepping stone to the best-selling National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series, the Little Kids First Board Book series takes similar big subjects and distills them down to the simplest nonfiction concepts for the youngest audience. Little Kids First Board Book: Insects is bursting with vivid photos, and each spread in this sturdy book features a fascinating insect or spider, along with super simple facts and lively, age-appropriate language to keep babies and toddlers―and their grown-ups―engaged. Hardcover, ages Baby-2 years.

National Geographic Readers: In the Pond 

National Geographic Readers: In the Pond  is wonderful for emergent readers and prompts young learners to wonder, if you visited a pond, what would you see? In this fun Pre-reader, new readers will learn all about ponds and the ducks, turtles, frogs, and other animals that call these watery habitats home. Paperback, ages 3-5.

Tiny Fox and Great Boar: There

Tiny Fox and Great Boar: There is a beautiful watercolor book written and illustrated by award winning Polish artist Berenika Kolomycka. The story goes like this: One beautiful fall day, as Tiny Fox relaxes under his favorite tree, he meets a new friend: Great Boar! Great Boar loves to explore the beauty of nature and the changing seasons, but Tiny Fox thinks adventuring can be scary...but so is the idea of being without his new pal! What will Tiny Fox do? See how two friends help each other and learn to be brave in this adorable picture book, which is really one to keep in your collection for years to come. It's funny but I related to this story- I believe everything is more fun with friends, and the world is less scary with friends by your side. The message in this story was relatable even for adults! Plus, fox and boar are so cute, you can't help but love them. 'We've come such a long way, we can't turn back now. Who knows what adventure awaits us?' says Boar. Hardcover, ages 6 and up.

Little Kids First Big Book of Baby Animals 

The newest addition to the best-selling Little Kids series, Little Kids First Book of Baby Animals is another wonderful book from National Geographic. From panda cubs and prairie dog pups to beluga calves and fuzzy flamingo chicks, meet more than 40 animal babies from every corner of the globe and find out how these wee wild ones are born, where they live, what their families are like, how they get their food, and how they learn to do things on their own―all the things that are important to young humans, too! Features include a map that shows where these animals are found in the wild, questions in each chapter that encourage interactive learning, simple text for reading aloud or for beginning readers, engaging photography of real animals in their habitats, parent tips that extend the experience beyond the book. Hardcover, ages 4-8

A Seed is the Start

A Seed is the Start contains beautiful photography and lyrical text along with comprehensive picture captions. Award-winning author Melissa Stewart's story is all about the surprisingly diverse world of seeds. Learn all about the plant cycle, from how seeds grow, the fascinating ways they travel, and what it takes for a seed to become a plant. Complete with an illustrated glossary and back matter featuring more resources, this book inspires wonder as it encourages budding botanists of all ages to look with new eyes at plants and their seeds. Hardcover, ages 6-9

People Are Wild 

My friend KidCongeniality introduced me to the beautiful picture book, People Are Wild by Margaux Meganck (you can read Kid's full review here) and I absolutely loved it. I'm borrowing her words because she really summed it up perfectly: "This colorful and exquisitely illustrated book flips the human-animal relationship. Young animals point out many of humans’ good qualities to their mamas who respond with caution. People are loud, messy, and smelly! They are also nosy and “such strange creatures”. When a curious elephant calf asks if he/she can keep a little girl as a pet, Mom responds no because “People Are Wild”. People Are Wild shines the light on the similarities and differences of people and animals.  The “Wild” folks in the story are as unique and diverse as the beautiful animals on this planet.  We see light skin, dark skin, someone in a wheelchair, a car and many at play time! I’m a huge proponent of diversity in books and this one hits all the right notes. Diverse books teach empathy and understanding for others. Margaux Meganck does a fabulous job of showing children that we can be different and yet the same without being obvious about it." Hardcover, ages 3-6 years.

Bite Sized Archie

Reluctant readers and fans of comics/manga will really appreciate Bite Sized Archie by Ron Cacace and Vincent Lovallo. This paperback, colorful book features the complete first year of Archie's debut webcomic series in print form. What sets this apart from the free webcomics is that it contains all of the comics in one place, along with fun "director's commentary" pictures about the visuals and the creative process behind the scenes. A new generation of readers will really love the adorable Archie update, as well as the funny stories. Paperback, 112 pages, general adult or middle school ages. 

Willis Wilbur Wows the World

I'm a big fan of Lindsey Leavitt's Commander in Cheese series, and Willis Wilbur Wows the World is just as endearing and fun. Willis Wilbur decided to conquer his seemingly boring summer by starting his own business- as a life coach! He just needs some clients, because he's certain he's going to be amazing at helping other kids with their problems. Just wait and see! Willis is such a. lovable character, along with his guinea pig client. Readers young and old alike will love him. Hardcover, ages 8-12 years.

Image via Penguin Kids


Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater asks the challenging question, what if you had one year to save everything you loved? The publisher says it best here: "Merida of DunBroch needs a change. She loves her family―jovial King Fergus, proper Queen Elinor, the mischievous triplets― and her peaceful kingdom. But she’s frustrated by its sluggishness; each day, the same. Merida longs for adventure, purpose, challenge. But the fiery Princess never expects her disquiet to manifest by way of Feradach, an uncanny supernatural being tasked with rooting out rot and stagnation, who appears in DunBroch on Christmas Eve with the intent to demolish the realm – and everyone within. Only the intervention of the Cailleach, an ancient entity of creation, gives Merida a shred of hope: convince her family to change within the year – or suffer the eternal consequences. Under the watchful eyes of the gods, Merida leads a series of epic journeys to kingdoms near and far in an attempt to inspire revolution within her family. But in her efforts to save those she loves from ruin, has Merida lost sight of the Clan member grown most stagnant of all, herself."  Hardcover, 12-18 years.

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