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7 Children's Books to Add to Your Kid's Bookshelf This Year

From starting early with manners to celebrating wonder women, here are the best books for kids of all ages.
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As each year passes, children's books get more diverse with regard to the topics they cover. There are those that cover themes such as grief, self-discovery, and of course, the ones that offer representation. Here, we've put together a list of books that are as inspiring as they are sweet.

1. Superheroes Are Everywhere

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Before Kamala Harris was a first-term senator from California, a former district attorney, and a state attorney general, she loved superheroes. The presidential hopeful's picture book spreads an empowering message: That superheroes are everywhere. From family to friends and people down the street, he joyful book tells kids to look around their surroundings for everyday heroes.

2. Life is Good


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In Life is Good, author Yvette Fernandez delicately addresses the devastating subject of loss. The story is told through the lives of two elephants, sisters, an allegory of Fernandez and her sister and co-author Jackie Fernandez Suntay. "The topic is a heavy one," Fernandez acknowledges, "but made lighter since the characters are toy animals, and Isabel Roxas drew them in such a whimsical manner. It's a book that will hopefully help children who have lost someone they love—a grandparent, perhaps, or even a pet. I'd like to think it's a book that would help many grownups too."

More: Life is Good Is a Heartbreaking, Illuminating Book for Anyone Who Has a Sibling

3. Little Book of Manners


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A series by Clara Guzman, Little Books of Manners teaches kids manners and etiquette about learning to share, showing appreciation, giving respect, being sorry, and how and when to say sorry and excuse me. Each of the six books in the series takes readers through the effects of a certain act and ends with a prayer.

4. Lalani of the Distant Sea

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The newest book to come out of Newbery award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly, Lalani of the Distant Sea tells the story of a young girl who braves an adventure that has killed generations of men in her village. Inspired by Filipino folklore, it's a fable that covers a mystical quest while discussing bravery and friendship.

5. Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes

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From Eva Chen, a former fashion magazine editor turned tech-savvy head at Instagram, comes a fairy tale that shines a light on history's greatest women. Juno Valentine's story starts as she loses her favorite shoes. From there, she discovers a magical closet filled with all types of shoes. The epic in-her-shoes type of story has Juno jumping into the lives of women like Frida Kahlo and Cleopatra to Lady Gaga.

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6. Is it a Mermaid? (Sirena Ba 'Yan?)

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Benjie and Bel are two kids who meet a dugong while at a tropical beach. They play with their new friend who insists she is a beautiful mermaid, but in the end, the dugong surprises them both.

7. The Duchess and Guy

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A lot has come out of the royal wedding, but a picture book that's inspired by Meghan Markle and her rescue dog Guy just might be the best one yet. The heartwarming tale tells the story of Guy as he starts in the shelter, meets Meghan Markle, and finally, as he moves to England—a fun and whimsical Cinderella story.

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