The Kids Are All Right

Perfect Picture Books for Gift Giving!

I love giving books as gifts. It is one of my greatest pleasures to search for the exact right books to gift to a child. Here is a list of some of my favorite picture books published in 2020, ready to gift to your favorite kids.

  • The Old Truck by Jerome Pumphrey, illustrated by Jarrett Pumphrey: A working farm truck discovers new life with a new generation of farmers.
  • Fauja Singh Keeps Going by Simran Jeet Singh, illustrated by Baljinder Kaur: The true and inspiring story of the oldest person to ever run a marathon.
  • Packs: Strength in Numbers by Hannah Salyer: A beautifully illustrated book of animals who live in packs and herds.
  • A Fort on the Moon by Maggie Pouncey, illustrated by Larry Day: Two brothers collect items around their home in preparation for their trip to the moon.
  • I Talk Like A River by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith: A boy with a stutter finds his voice during a walk with his father by the river.
  • We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade: A rallying cry for people to protect our water sources.
  • Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin: A creative book about scale and perspective.
  • Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy, illustrated by Ekua Holmes: A child reflects on the color of her skin in a celebration of her culture, history, and heritage.
  • If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall: A guide to explaining earth to strangers.
  • Lift by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santat: A found elevator button reveals a new adventure.
  • Like the Moon Loves the Sky by Hena Khan, illustrated by Saffa Khan: A mother’s gorgeous blessing for her child.
  • The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Khoa Le: A beautiful intergenerational story about a Hmong family.
  • Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker, illustrated by April Harrison: A girl brings her West African grandmother to meet her classmates for the first time.
  • The Paper Boat by Thao Lam: A wordless picture book about a refugee family’s escape from Vietnam.
  • You Matter by Christian Robinson: A gorgeous book about seeing the world from many different perspectives.
  • Nacho’s Nachos by Sandra Nickel, illustrated by Oliver Dominguez: The history of everyone’s favorite snack.
  • Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez: Daniela’s best friend is moving away.
  • Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon: A young child resists sleep.

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at

Until next time!

Ginger Pye and Nala wish you a very happy holiday season!

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