When you read a book to a youngster, you make memories that will last a lifetime. You may choose picture books that introduce difficult ideas, like algebra, or those that celebrate the fun of meaningless language. There are also times when you want your kid to have the perfect book to soothe them, whether it’s for bedtime reading or to get them through a difficult period.

This collection of heartwarming picture books will make you feel better about yourself and your kids. When you finish the book, you’ll feel warm and fuzzy inside and want to cuddle up. Don’t we all need that?


by Jo Loring-Fisher

I enjoyed this picture-book-length poem that was motivated by mindfulness ideas. Children all around the globe are shown by Fisher taking the time to appreciate apparently little but very reassuring experiences like listening to a cat purr, marveling at the size of the night sky, collecting floating cherry blossoms, and visualizing the sounds of the sea. The book ends with a picture of a grouping of all the kids, each holding a souvenir from their attentive moment. Beautiful and teaches kids to value comforting times.


by Jason Pratt, illustrated by Chris Sheban

This charming picture book follows a father and son throughout their lives. The father starts the custom of giving “three squeezes” to express contentment. From the first squeeze to the last one, Pratt narrates the narrative in gentle, wonderful rhymes.


by Cori Doerrfeld

Taylor is constructing a block tower until a bird flies by and topples it. Taylor is gender-neutrally represented to allow any youngster to identify with Taylor. Many animals arrive to try and calm Taylor, who is in a terrible mood. But they approach it completely incorrectly. They yell, swear retaliation, or attempt to brush Taylor’s sorrow aside, which is hardly consoling. However, the rabbit pays attention and allows Taylor to feel a wide spectrum of emotions in response to the destruction of his tower. I truly enjoyed this book, and parents will also take away a valuable lesson from reading it.


by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Kenard Pak

I appreciate reading picture books about connections between different generations, and this one allows us to savor the calming qualities of a unique link between a grandmother and her granddaughter. In the book, Maud tells the reader about her weekly meetings with Grand-Maud. They watch old movies in black and white, have breakfast for supper, and Maud daydreams of having her grandchild. A novel that is as cozy and reassuring as Maud’s handmade nightgown made of flannel.


by Christian Robinson

Robinson’s latest book urges children to appreciate themselves and take solace in that worth. Additionally, children who respect themselves are better prepared to appreciate others. Robinson’s charming drawings show children from many backgrounds, and his straightforward yet effective language is understandable by everybody. Unquestionably a fantastic book that belongs in every house, library, and school. Watch Robinson read from his book on YouTube by clicking here.


by Susan Vaught, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

The children’s picture book by Vaught and Murphy is a timely reminder of the value of communal living. The farm animals reject the fox family’s requests for refuge during a storm and send them away out of dread for their natural adversary. However, a little duckling—possibly the most defenseless of all—understands the fox family’s requirements. The outcome not only eases the reader and the fox’s fears but also conveys the crucial message of inclusiveness and sympathy for immigrants.


by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Kate Alizadeh

I think we all need a lot of hugs, and reading this soothing picture book will give them to you. Giving and receiving “lots of hugs” occurs during happy occasions involving two women and a kid, such as riding bikes, visiting the zoo, and getting ready for bed. It’s a fantastic book to read before bed.


by Nadia Sammurtok, illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko

A little Inuit child describes how delightful and soothing it is to be wrapped up in an amautik. They use sensory language to describe the event, such as how it feels and smells. A subtle sprinkling of Inuktitut phrases throughout the book adds to the experience rather than detracting from it (glossary available). I predict your youngster will never again associate the northern landscape with being frigid and desolate.


by Ilima Loomis, illustrated by Kenard Pak

I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve included this book on a book list, but I adore it. As Loomis and artist Pak tenderly lead you through the experience of a multigenerational family making poi for a family reunion, cumulative poetry will envelop you in a warm hug. The book honors Hawaiian customs, such as those involving food and the environment, that bring families together. The sentences’ rhythm is really lovely. An endnote includes a glossary and further information.


by Hena Khan, illustrated by Saffa Khan

Although the family and language in Khan’s reassuring picture book are based on Muslim heritage, the sentiments and ideals are wholly global. Each picture of the family is followed with the words “Inshallah,” which are words of consolation, affirmation, and unwavering love. You feel adored, like a kid should, inshallah. Inshallah, you read, think, and seek knowledge. The usage and significance of Inshallah in a broader context are explained in the endnote.

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