Best Children’s Books I read in 2018: from Inda Ahmad Zabri

My 3 top books for 2018 – so hard to choose!

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ป๐˜†’๐˜€ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜†๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด by Karen Foxlee
Lenny lives with her mother and younger brother Davey, a boy who lights up the room and will not stop growing. Lenny and Davey learn about a big, beautiful world as weekly issues of an encyclopedia set arrive at their little flat in a small American town in the 1970s. As they work through the alphabet, we are taken through a beautifully curated story of human emotions, of wonder, humour, love and loss. A treasure.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ข๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต by Douglas Wood and Jon J Muth
This is a book that should be read to every child, and to every human who has grown up with the flagrant misconception that people are divided into ‘US’ and ‘THEM’. There was a time ‘๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ป๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด.’ When a precious element falls from the sky, man picks up a shard of it, and uses it as evidence of his privilege. The consequences of this broken truth is a world divided and marred by injustice. A little girl sets out to find a cure, and meets an Old Turtle along the way, who teaches her that๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜›๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง, ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ – ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ด – ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด … ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง.’

๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐˜‚๐—บ ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ (and other books in the series) by Chris Ferrie
A great concept in board books, featuring scientific subjects such as Quantum Physics, Electromagnetism and Rocket Science with easy diagrams and explanations. A fantastic and un-intimidating way to introduce science and technology to the future generation, while they’re still in their nappies!

Other books that came close were ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฒ by Bren MacDibble, ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฟ & ๐—ช๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต by Jessica Townsend, ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒ by Sarah Brennan & Jane Tanner, ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถt by Cherri Ryan and Christina Booth, andย All The Ways To Be Smartย by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys

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