Best Books Of The Year, as Chosen by a 3 and 6-Year-Old
I have two very opinionated readers. The eldest, L, has helped me make these lists the past two years. The youngest, M, is now joining the blogging game and is excited to share her favorite books that were published in 2020.
As noted in previous years, these are favorites as chosen by my children – books we’ve checked out and renewed their maximum amount of times. Books they’ve decided I need to buy for them as well. These books are amazing to them. They may not all be award winners (though some are!) but they’re award winners in two hearts. So here we go!
3-Year-Old’s Favorite Books of 2020
A book about two kids who don’t want to go to sleep, but are attacked by, well, yawns. M adores this book and, though, it doesn’t get her to go to sleep, it does make her want a yawn of her own.
A lift the flap book about a Duck delivering packages. It teaches about friendship and shapes!
Bluey is the cartoon hit of the year. About a 6-year-old dog and her sister, the show is sweet with lovely lessons that aren’t forced. The book adaptations work well, with Goodnight, Fruit Bat showing how parents sometimes put their favorite things on hold to be with their kids, and The Creek showing that sometimes new places are scary, but they’re worth trying out.
M discovered Pete the Cat this year, so honestly any/all Pete books would fit. But of those published this year, Super Pete was the favorite.
M loves books about her favorite characters. And after watching – and falling in love with this movie – I was really pleased to see there was a book adaptation! Though, as she points out repeatedly, one of the character’s names is wrong in the book. Ack! (And if you liked the movie, we carry the soundtrack, too!)
6-Year-Old’s-Favorite Books of 2020
This book was the biggest hit. It’s a bit outrageous, and may have your kids calling you a scurvy bad guy, but honestly, it was a joy to read, and hear her cackle.
Another extremely funny book. When princesses and dinosaurs refuse to be in the book together, they one-up each other and, of course, learn a book with both is considerably better.
These early chapter books are a delight. About, well, a tiny kitty who becomes a princess. It’s everything a kid could want!
A new series about a girl and her robots. She uses science to solve problems! Very colorful, and super entertaining.
Exactly what it sounds like – a pug keeps a diary of his days. Very cute.
The latest in the Narwhal and Jelly graphic novel series! This time, Narwhal is teaching Jelly about the magic of the narwhaliday season.
L dove into the world of Star Wars this year, and this book was a bit hit. A chronological guide to all of the characters!
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