Refresh your collection of bedtime stories with our top 10 favorite children books of 2016.

Bedtime is a precious time for nurturing the bond between you and your child. There are invaluable benefits of reading with your kid each night. You can always rely on the classic favorites like Where the Wild Things Are or Goodnight Moon for a nighttime read, but if you’re looking for some fresh reading material for your kid then look no further. We picked our 10 favorite, cool children’s books that have been released in the last year.

The Littlest Family’s Big Day by Emily Winfield Martin

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The Littlest Family’s Big Day takes one part cute woodland creatures with one part dreamy storytelling. Featuring the same soft imagery as her last books, your children will love the beautiful illustrations of the forest that the Littlest Family explores.

I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino

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Buckle up because children’s books just got meta. I Am a Story tells a story about stories so you’ll be reading a story about stories to your kid. Yaccarino uses bright colors and a simplified style to take a look at storytelling throughout the ages and around the world. From cave wall paintings to the local library, I Am a Story briefly sweeps over the history of the story in his newest book.

The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin

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Compared to the other books in this list, The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep is a dense picture book. The writing is purposeful in its lengthiness, aimed to make your kid fall asleep without the need of pulling out Tolstoy’s War and Peace with its rhythmic, soothing style.  If your little one is notorious for getting excited by their bedtime book then The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep will be perfect for relaxing them for bed.

What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada

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“My problem held an opportunity. It was an opportunity for me to learn and to grow. To be brave. To do something.”

With Mae Besom’s delicate illustrations, Yamada encapsulates a great lesson for both young and old in the follow-up to his 2014 book What Do You Do With an Idea? It follows a young protagonist who encounters a problem that seems too daunting to deal with, but the way that he deals with it will inspire both you and your child for future challenges. Trust me, it’s a great lesson against procrastination and escapism.

Return by Aaron Becker

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Return
is the final book in Becker’s trilogy, telling the story of a daughter and father who go on an imaginative adventure together. The book features no text, relying on the gorgeous illustrations to convey the journey of daughter and father. With no words, this book is a great opportunity to ask your kid to narrate the story as they understand it through the imagery. Let your kid take on the role of storyteller for the night.

Penguin Problems by Jory John

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Like Yamada’s book, Penguin Problems is a story about meeting challenges and how to deal with them. Penguin Problems follows a young penguin who meets obstacles everywhere he goes, but a chance encounter with a walrus changes his outlook on life. If your kid has ever had a tantrum over a seemingly simple problem then it would be good to read this together. Let them learn the wisdom of the walrus.

If You Give a Mouse a Brownie by Laura Numeroff

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Numeroff is back with another addition to her If You Give a…. series. The Mouse is back and with a similar taste for sweets as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Using the same circular formula, this book will surely elicit some laughter from your little one at the ridiculous heights a kid will go for his mouse friend.

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

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Ada Twist, Scientist
is the latest book by Andrea Beaty, following in the likes of Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect. Ada Twist is a young girl with a lot of questions and the gumption to figure out the answers. Encourage your little Einsteins to question and analyze the world around them with this book about curiosity. You may be hearing “Why?” or “How?” for a few days though…

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

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is the latest in Klassen’s books featuring animals who love hats. Klassen uses his distinctive style to illustrate the simple story of two turtles finding a hat. Do you love turtles? Do you love turtles who wear hats? You’ll like this.

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

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The last Elephant & Piggie book is a lighthearted farewell to the beloved series. The Thank You Book follows Elephant and Piggie as Piggie goes around thanking their friends. Using the familiar energy and humor of previous books, The Thank You Book is a sweet love letter to both the series and to the fans. Plus, your kid will be more than prepared for Thanksgiving after reading along with you.

Have you read any good books with your kids lately? Tell us what their favorite new book is!