New Year Books for Children:

A Must Read to Start 2023 With Optimism

Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution Pat Miller (Author) Kathi Ember (illustrator)

A New Year is like a new chance, a perfect opportunity to assess what’s gone by and how you can improve or get things right. Resolutions bring hope that the next year 2023 is going to be better than the previous one if the right efforts are made. Encourage your young ones to make a to-do list by setting some goals for themselves (for example: reduce TV time, involve them in charity work, be more hardworking, help mom in the kitchen, make new friends & be kind). If you think this is a good reason to start journaling goals, try reading ‘Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution’ to your kids. This book starts by explaining to kids why resolutions are made in the first place. And what it signifies? The cute mascot squirrel visits the forest and encourages her friends to pen down their New Year Resolutions, while she does the same for herself.

New Year’s Day (Celebrations in My World) Lynn Peppas (Author)

Ever wondered how New Year’s Eve is celebrated across different cultures around the world? Apart from the English calendar New Year, different religions have their own auspicious New Year days following the customs and traditions of their ancestors. For example; Chinese people celebrate Lunar New Year which is an annual 15-day festival and is conducted anytime between January 21 – February 20. This year the Chinese New Year falls on 22nd January 2023 and according to the zodiac sign, 2023 will be the year of the Rabbit. That’s indeed very interesting to know! It is through this book that children will be exposed to global celebrations that signify New Year’s Day and have a good time imagining fireworks atop the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (as it is an annual trend) and the grand ‘New Year’ parade in London which takes place on 1st January every year. The Reading Eggs Library (which is available in GCC and other regions of the Middle East) has an array of interesting books for kids. The platform is designed in a manner that motivates students to read and expand their knowledge on various topics.

The Night Before New Year’s Natasha Wing (Author), Amy Wummer (Illustrator)

All good children go to bed by 9 pm, but an exception is made on New Year’s Eve. Of course, it’s great fun to wish each other as the clock strikes 12 am before dozing off into 2023. The evening must be planned well to keep the family awake and throbbing with games, food, festoons, songs, and dance. But will our sleepy children make it until 12 am? Why don’t you read the book to find out for yourself?

Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas Gail Piernas-Davenport (Author), Marion Eldridge (Illustrator)

Bright and vibrant are adjectives that describe this book the best. We are sure the verses of the story will get your mouth watering as Shanté keys and her dear granny set out to prepare New Year’s dinner. The table is ready to be laid with warm and soul-touching foods such as baked ham, cornbread, and chitlins, but wait, something seems incomplete! What about the black-eyed peas? A New Year meal seems incomplete without a pot of black-eyed peas and it is considered to be bad luck! Shanté knocks from door to door to borrow some peas from her neighbors, and while she is on her sojourn, she also receives some traditional food items from them. Will Shanté’s good luck dinner be successful? Read through to find out. What’s your favorite traditional go-to New Year’s dinner if you are a resident of the UAE?

Happy New Year: A New Year’s Day Picture Book for Kids celebrating the importance of a brand New Year Dee Smith (Author)

The New Year is about joy and celebration! It reminds us of all the things that we’ve been grateful for in the past year and lights a burning spark to what we can look forward to! From a child’s perspective, all they wish for is ‘new opportunities to learn and grow’, ‘new friends’, ‘new memories’ and the list goes on. Take a moment to ask your little one what he or she expects from the New Year! Cozy up with your pre-schooler and read aloud to enjoy some precious time with your kiddo by reading this book as a bedtime story. Bonus points for guessing the places around New York captured through the book.

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