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2022 Book Club Reading List

This year, we will be featuring a book that is relevant for each month. These books are perfect for early care and education classrooms, in-home child care, and anyone else who works with children. If you love reading as much as we do, you'll love the 2022 Book Club Reading List.

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December Book Club

Llama Llama holidays. Jingle music. Lights ablaze. How long till that special date? Llama Llama has to wait. 
If there's one thing Llama Llama doesn't like, it's waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree . . . but how long is it until Christmas? Will it ever come? Finally, Llama Llama just can't wait any more! It takes a cuddle from Mama Llama to remind him that "Gifts are nice, but there's another: The true gift is, we have each other."
Join in the December Book Club with this book, available at Amazon -

November Book Club

Todd Parr's bestselling books have taught kids about unconditional love, respecting the earth, facing fears, and more, all with his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity.

Now, The Thankful Book celebrates all the little things children can give thanks for. From everyday activities like reading and bathtime to big family meals together and special alone time between parent and child, Todd inspires readers to remember all of life's special moments.
The perfect book to treasure and share, around the holidays and throughout the year.

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October Book Club

From bestselling author and illustrator Eric Carle, the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, comes another classic tale about one very busy spider. A perfect gift to share with the child or grandchild in your life.

Early one morning a little spider spins her web on a fence post. One by one, the animals of the nearby farm try to distract her, yet the busy little spider keeps diligently at her work. When she is done, she is able to show everyone that not only is her creation quite beautiful, it is also quite useful!

This multi-sensory board book allows children to feel the pictures as well as see them, and is the perfect size for little hands. With its rhythmic text,
 The Very Busy Spider becomes an experience to touch, to see, and to hear.
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September Book Club

Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.
When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.
But daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start.
Four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?
Join in the September Book Club with this book, available at Amazon - 

August Book Club

Teachers do so much more than just teach academics. They build a sense of community within their classrooms, creating a home away from home where they make their students feel safe, included, and loved.
With its heartfelt message and colorfully whimsical illustrations, “Our Class is a Family” is a book that will help build and strengthen that class community. Kids learn that their classroom is a place where it’s safe to be themselves, it’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s important to be a friend to others. When hearing this story being read aloud by their teacher, students are sure to feel like they are part of a special family.
“Family isn’t always your relatives. It’s the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.” -Unknown
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July Book Club

The Duckling asks for a cookie -- and gets one! Do you think the Pigeon is happy about that? 
The beloved Pigeon returns for another hilarious adventure that will keep kids giggling...and minding their manners!
This is a fun book to enjoy with some sugar cookies on National Sugar Cookie Day on July 9th.
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June Book Club

With almost 50,000 positive reviews, this book is sure to become a summer favorite for your kiddos. There are so many ways to spend a sunny summer day.
Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar and explore everything the season has to offer! Young readers can learn all about seasonal sensory experiences, like listening to noisy bugs, feeling the warm sunshine, smelling the yummy scents of a cookout, and so much more!
Add this book to your summer reading list today. Purchase this book on Amazon -- 

May Book Club

Be prepared to respond to a wide range of potentially tough questions and sensitive concerns posed by young children.
To work with young children is to constantly expect the unexpected. Tough questions are part of early childhood educators’ regular interactions with children and families. Based on children’s actual questions,
Big Conversations with Little Children is readily accessible with guidelines for having difficult conversations with children, individually or as a classroom or group, and with families. The book provides guidance on how to approach specific topics related to:
  • family, such as unemployment, divorce, and incarceration
  • illness and death, such as loss of an unborn child, major illness in a child, and death of a pet
  • social issues, such as racism, family structures, and gender fluidity
  • upheaval and violence, such as natural disaster, terror events, and school shootings
Fully based in developmentally appropriate practice, Big Conversations with Little Children helps educators support young children in a way that preserves their dignity and innocence when they encounter world and social events in addition to honoring the family’s preferred approach.
An expert in the field of early childhood education, author Dr. Lauren Starnes empowers educators and families to answer sensitive or tough questions children pose, respond to their worries and concerns, and be prepared for an ongoing dialogue. Digital content includes family take-home information sheets for each topic. Buy this book from Amazon at this link -

April Book Club

April's Book Club is All About Weather: A First Weather Book for Kids by Huda Harajli MA. 
Take kids ages 3 to 5 on an exciting and educational weather adventure!
Welcome to the wonderful world of weather! From the warm, balmy days of summer to the cold, crisp nights of winter, kids will learn all about the four seasons, as well as how clouds form, why it rains, what causes a rainbow, and so much more.
Read along and wow your child with the meteorological magic that’s happening around them every day.
Go beyond other weather books for kids with:
  • A whirlwind of info―Help toddlers and preschoolers understand how weather works through simple explanations.
  • Sunny illustrations―Colorful and adorable images help kids better understand and engage with what they’re learning.
  • A rain of fun facts―Keep older readers interested with neat info, like the fact that wind can be used to create electricity.
If you’re looking for weather books for kids, this illustrated guide provides your tot with an extraordinary weather adventure! Click on this link to buy the book from Amazon -

March Book Club

March's Book Club pick is I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Charlie and Lola) by Lauren Child.

Lola is a fussy eater. A very fussy eater. She won’t eat her carrots (until her brother Charlie reveals that they’re orange twiglets from Jupiter). She won’t eat her mashed potatoes (until Charlie explains that they’re cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji). There are many things Lola won’t eat, including — and especially —tomatoes. Or will she? Two endearing siblings star in a witty story about the triumph of imagination over proclivity.
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February Book Club


February's Book Club is Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi Ph.D. (Author), Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator).

It’s never too soon for children to learn that violence is never okay. Hands can do many good things, and everyone is capable of positive, loving actions.

In this bright, inviting, durable board book, simple words and full-color illustrations teach these important concepts in ways even very young children can understand.

Click this link to buy the book on Amazon: Hands Are Not for Hitting (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series)


January Book Club

January's book is My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane Bauer. Illustrations are by Jamie Smith. 

The MY FIRST BIOGRAPHY series brings the biggest life stories to the smallest readers.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. His words changed the way people thought, and his actions spurred them on to change the world. With simple, lyrical text and bold, kid-friendly illustrations, this book introduces Dr. King to the youngest readers and inspires them to change the world.

Buy the book from Amazon at My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr.