10 New Books You’ll Want to Add to Your Kids’ Shelves This Spring

We have two major house rules in our home: the thermostat is a non-negotiaiable (I won that marital argument years ago), and there is always room for more books.

I was a reader as a kid, and though I don’t often have much time to keep up with my beloved hobby now, I’m very proud to be raising kids who are readers. I can often find my kids with their nose stuck in a book, whether at the breakfast table, curled up in a corner somewhere, or in the back seat of the car. Our trips to the library are frequent and often result in a backache from the amount of books I have to carry home—and I love every minute of it.

So, when our household budget allows for some new books to purchase for our home shelves, it takes days (weeks?) for me to narrow down the list enough to hit “checkout” on our online order. These are the 10 books I’m thoroughly looking forward to sharing with my kids this spring.


Natalie Labarre

Incredible Jobs You've (Probably) Never Heard Of

This book is a must for young kids who think outside the box ... or, in my case, ones that need a little push to. The vivid illustrations and witty writing keep young minds engaged for a long time—and the actual content is interesting even for adults. I mean, who knew you could grow up to be a sloth nanny, space psychologist, or garbage detective? My kids love poring over this book and giggling over all the possibilities in their futures.

Kara LaReau and Matthew Cordell

Baby Clown

I have a tendency to lean toward educational books or non-fiction, and as much as my boys love those, they adore silly books even more. This collaboration between Geisel winner Kara LeReau and Caldecott Medal winner Matthew Cordell definitely fits the bill. They're absolutely delighted by baby clown, who just won't stop crying (my youngest, the crier of the family, finds this particularly hilarious, go figure). And me? I love the fact that the author drew inspiration for this book from her son, who had colic as an infant.

Megan E. Bryant, Daniel Prosterman, and Micah Player

Citizen Baby: My Vote

I've been bringing my kids to the polls since they were babies, and with a big national election on the horizon, this board book is a great primer for why it's important to make your voice count.

Kim Smith


A very sweet tale about a young architect with a vision that centers on creativity, imagination, and the wonder of making.

Joan Holub and Daniel Roode

This Little Dreamer: An Inspirational Primer

We love Joan Holub's This Little series and her latest board book of the collection is no exception—a great way to introduce little kids to heroes like Sojourner Truth, Clara Barton, and John Muir, among many others.

Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Just Like Me

A celebration of girlhood in poetry form with absolutely stunning illustrations to go with it.

Laura Renauld and Brigette Barrager

Fred's Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers

A beautiful book with captivating illustrations that touches on all of the emotions of the human experience—just how Mister Rogers would've wanted.

Nanette Heffernan and Bao Luu

Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet

With Earth Hour just behind us and Earth Day coming up, this is one we've been reading a lot lately—simple, clear narrative and engaging pictures help get the very important message of earth consciousness across.

Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and Carme Lemniscates

Grandma's Gardens

The perfect book to share with grandma this Mother's Day, it's a celebration of family, tradition, and of course, the magic of gardens.

Sophia Spencer, Margaret McNamara, and Kerascoët

The Bug Girl: A True Story

The real life story of a little girl who loved bugs—and the entomologists who supported her dream.


This post was in partnership with Candlewick Press but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board.