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Blog 11.19.2022


Top 10 Children’s Books to get for Black Friday   

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With Christmas around the corner, it is never too early to start picking up gifts. The earlier you buy your presents, the more peace of mind you have. It is also a great way to ensure all the items you are interested in are still available. Prices are also more likely to increase the closer it gets to Christmas. There are a few exceptions, with one of the best opportunities for sales being Black Friday.

If you are having trouble shopping for your children, consider getting them books. Books are great gifts because they encourage healthy reading habits, which is an important part of cognitive development and improving language skills. Even in an increasingly digital age, books are still a popular gift for children. Children appreciate having a gift they can directly interact with, and books present a great opportunity for children and parents to bond together. While there are numerous children’s books to choose from, some of the top recommendations for Black Friday are listed below.

Gus’ Fortunate Misfortune by Susan Pepka

Gus’ Fortunate Misfortune is a great book for young children of all ages. The story focuses on the titular Gus, a mouse who is separated from his family and must go on a grand adventure to return home. While this may seem like a simple message, the book focuses on a variety of themes. While it highlights Gus’s ability to solve problems creatively, it also focuses on his emotional state. 

Picture of FullCyclePublicatons' book Gus' Fortunate Misfortune.

The book shows children it is okay to be scared and how even an intimidating situation can lead to positive events. During his adventure, Gus must also overcome his bullies and learn how to make new friends, which are important lessons for any child to learn. While the book is designed with a younger audience in mind, it treats readers with respect, addressing serious issues in a way children can understand and appreciate.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Brown

Goodnight Moon is considered one of the most iconic books for children. Despite being published in 1947, it is still a top seller and recommended by the National Education Association. The simplistic nature of the story makes it a great choice for children three years of age or younger. Much of the appeal comes from how easy the story is to digest. It is a calming story with gorgeous artwork, perfect for helping a sleepy child fall asleep. Since it contains so few words, it is also an effective book for teaching younger children how to read.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak 

Where the Wild Things Are is another literary classic. Part of what made the book revolutionary when it was first written in 1963 is the serious nature of the plot. While it is clearly written for children, the book tackles strong emotional issues, which traditional children’s literature rarely addresses. Despite the heavy nature of the plot, it never becomes too dark or inappropriate for children. It also tells a story where a child and parent disagree. This is a common part of raising a child, but a subject that even modern books rarely tackle. Reviewers also praise the depiction of the main character, Max, who is more realistic and down to earth compared to other children’s characters. 

The Old Truck by Jerome Pumphrey

While most children’s books are straightforward stories, The Old Truck places a greater emphasis on the reader using their imagination. The author was inspired to write the story while he was driving through Texas and kept spotting old trucks along the road, imagining what stories the trucks could tell. The artwork is created with hundreds of hand-carved stamps, giving the book a truly unique look. Even children who are too young to appreciate the messages about determination and imagination will be captivated by the incredible art.

Spartan and The Green Egg: A Trip to the Rainforest by Nabila Khashoggi

Picture of FullCyclePublicatons' book Spartan and the Green Egg.

Spartan and the Green Egg is part of a larger series of books, which begins with A Trip to the Rainforest. The story is drawn with a comic style popular among young children, which will keep them engaged throughout the book. It not only tells an exciting, educational story, but it also has important messages about preserving the environment. 

All Feelings are Okay by Lawrence E. Shapiro

All Feelings are Okay is an interactive children’s book that focuses on young emotions. The goal of the book is for children to better learn how to understand their emotions. The book is drawn with a basic comic style, and each page contains a small space for children to illustrate their own faces to reflect the emotion being explored in the story. While the lessons may seem basic, they provide children with an excellent opportunity to think about and express their emotions.

Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival

Ruby Finds a Worry is another children’s book that focuses on emotions. During the story, Ruby is overwhelmed by a worry, depicted as an illustrated creature. Only Ruby can see her worry, and the more she thinks about it, the larger it becomes. Throughout the story, Ruby learns everyone has their own worries, and when they talk about them, the worries shrink in size and become more manageable.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Harold and the Purple Crayon is a simple story about a young child, Harold, who creates his own world by drawing with a purple crayon. While the book does not explore any deeper issues, it teaches children how to express themselves creatively through art. The book also has stunning illustrations, which will capture the attention of children of all ages.

Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day

Good Dog, Carl is a unique book because it features almost no words. The story is told mostly through illustrations, featuring a young child, Madeleine, being babysat by her dog, Carl, and the adventures they go on. There are many books in the Good Dog series. Because there are no words, children are encouraged to use their imagination to fill in the transitionary details. It is a great book for encouraging critical thinking in a younger audience.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is another children’s book that primarily tells the story through illustration. The story does not focus on any deeper plots, simply telling a fun and whimsical story. The artwork is engaging, drawn on thicker pages so readers can touch the book and better experience the story. It is primarily intended for younger children under the age of 3.

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