It helps kids if we reinforce that every child learns (valuable) life lessons as he or she grows up. And growing up sometimes isn’t easy. Reading picture books about growing up and being true to yourself
can help. Here’s a batch of newly published titles that hit the right spot.
This simple book of friendship shows that our uniquenesses add value to our friendships. Lee is a pea who has a lot of pea friends as well as a carrot friend named Colin. Even though Colin can’t roll or bounce like the peas, he makes an excellent tower, bridge, and slide, something his pea friends like.
by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Maria Mola BEING YOURSELF
Casey loves playing with puzzles and trucks but he also loves glittery things, too like his shimmery skirt and bracelet. His family accepts him for who he is, especially his sister, which is an awesome example of unconditional love.
Black Belt Bunny is fast and strong with amazing kicks and backflips. He likes what he’s good at and does not want to learn . . . how to make a salad. “I know it isn’t easy, but everyone has to learn new things.” And he tries and it goes well! Finally, in the perfect serendipitous ending, Bunny learns he’s not the only person a bit nervous about trying new things.
Cengdu’s a young panda bear who, like many readers, can do a lot of things by himself. Jump. Climb. Swing. Of course sometimes, just like you, he could use a little help. It’s a sweet story of growing independence with beautiful watercolor illustrations and fold-out pages.
Little Bear is either too small or too big to do what he wants. He’s too small to use Papa’s phone but too big to ride in the stroller. Fortunately, he’s just right for reading stories and tickling.
Know any siblings who fight over toys? This story is about two such brothers. And every time they fight over a toy, it’s confiscated by their mom. Until they’re out of toys and start to get along.