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There’s something about winter time—that warm glow from the fire, the fact that you actually get to spend time with your kids (or your friends’ and family’s kids)—that makes it the perfect time to curl up with the little ones in your life and read them a storybook. Reading a totally new, beautiful, amazing book with a child is a treasured experience. And if you choose the right book, every time the child reads it alone in the future will bring back the memory of that time you shared.
If you’re a little tired of the standard children’s book selections in your local brick and mortar store, Blurb has a really incredible assortment of self-published children’s books that you won’t find anywhere else. Try a few of these future classics and create some new family memories this year.
Title: Ollie + Loo Author: Joni Cooper www.blurb.com/b/4554150-ollie-+-loo Joni Cooper brings incredibly original characters to life with brilliant illustrations in a book that will have parents and kids laughing along together.
Title: Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch Author: Mike Smith www.blurb.com/books/1189264-edward-hopper-and-the-carrot-crunch Very few children’s books have financial mismanagement as a central theme—we can only assume most children’s book authors have not had the pleasure of meeting a rabbit named Edward Hopper.
Title: My Bug Journal Author: Hannah Rollings www.blurb.com/b/1925331-my-bug-journal Bug-lover or other, this journal is sure to spark interest from anyone who takes a peek inside the covers. Enchanted illustrations, bug facts, room for records and much, much more.
Title: Myrtle & the Scarecrow Author: Kate Lowe www.blurb.com/b/4662116-myrtle-the-scarecrow Myrtle finds solace with a not-so-scary scarecrow?and learns a lot about herself? in this short but sweet tale. The atmospheric illustrations have a little magic about them—we look forward to more from this young, talented illustrator.
Title: The Trouble with Bears Author: K.D. O’Reilley www.blurb.com/b/400437-the-trouble-with-bears?pid=Featured This story cleverly combines a lesson on self-worth with an exploration of different cultures, geography, and history. The talents of a former writing instructor and a visual artist are a winning combination here.
Title: Mylo & Peet Author: Janyce Portalatin www.blurb.com/b/4290427-mylo-peet A graphically pleasing book with a message tailor-made for the new generation of eco-warriors the importance of recycling and protecting the planet.
Title: Theo Author: Kenny Lim & Grant Gilliand www.blurb.com/b/781375-theo?pid=Featured Join Theo on his journey as he navigates the obstacles and challenges of school—made all the more difficult due to his not-so-normal third eye. Fantastic illustrations bring this story’s great message to life.
Title: A Whimsical Tale of Invention Author: Kara Pooley www.blurb.com/b/628072-a-whimsical-tale-of-invention Fascinating facts, inspired inventions, intriguing illustrations, a poem or two—this book has it all.
Title: Ahwen’s Journal Author: Alice Alder www.blurb.com/b/4291566-ahwen-s-journal It would be impossible not to fall in love with the beautifully illustrated characters in this book. Ahwen, Harn, Charwood—we’ll be keeping an eye out for you the next time we’re in the woods.
Title: Marco and the Zombies Author: Justin Kerr www.blurb.com/b/1360926-marco-and-the-zombies?pid=Featured Another collaborative project delivers a brilliant book. With Zombies at the heart of this story—and superb illustrations by Bret Bowers—it’s one older children are sure to enjoy.
Title: Baby Bear gets a Present Author: Chris Wood www.blurb.com/b/4387364-baby-bear-gets-a-present Even toys relegated to a box in a forgotten corner of the house have lives of their own. In this heartwarming tale we learn just how much fun they have.
Title: Penelope and her Puffy Brown Crown Author: Jasmin Ortiz www.blurb.com/b/4181634-penelope-and-her-puffy-brown-crown-paperback Popping with color and originality, this rhythmical story makes reading aloud a real pleasure. Apparently, bad hair-days happen to young people too.
Title: My Best Friend Author: Nathalie Josephine www.blurb.com/b/4295225-my-best-friend In this lovely little book, bright (and very cute) characters illustrate a story designed to help children deal with the loss of a friend.
Title: A Bit Lost Author: Leanne New www.blurb.com/b/4275053-a-bit-lost Delightful creativity elevates the imagery in this standout book, a simple tale of lost-and-found for little ones.
Title: The Goose Girl Author: Madeleine Valley www.blurb.com/b/4274145-the-goose-girl A lesser-known story by The Brothers Grimm gets a thoroughly modern makeover in this graphically rich retelling of Goose Girl from Madeleine Valley. This is one for the older bunch.
Title: The Great Bear Surprise Author: Carolan Coughlin www.blurb.com/b/4259737-the-great-bear-surprise Join Carolan on her hike up Red Plume Mountain where she discovers much more than the view of the surrounding landscape. This is a sweet story of unexpected friendship.
Title: Goodnight Forest Author: Emilie Dale www.blurb.com/b/3018559-good-night-forest See your little ones off to sleep and bid goodnight to the forest with this rhythmic wind-down bedtime book, from graphic designer and illustrator Emilie Dale.
Title: The Adventures of Dude, Squat and Mose Author: Michael Hall http://www.blurb.com/b/4720681-the-adventures-of-dude-squat-and-mose With fabulous illustrations from Gerald Kelley and a fun-packed story from author Michael Hall, the adventures of this brave trio of adopted dogs if sure to become a favorite.
Which book do you think your child would like to receive most?