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Top 10 Children’s Books to Help with New Year’s Goals

By Shawna Della Cerra

With a new year comes new resolutions. Copious ideas for goals dance through our heads as we contemplate the areas we seek to improve and who we want to become. Now, setting goals versus the act of completing goals are two entirely different notions. But in my “book,” even trying counts!


Lawley Publishing is excited (and chuckling) over this Top 10 Children’s Book List, which can inspire you as you make New Year’s Goals. Whether you hope to make health, financial, or personal growth resolutions, our TWIST on resolution-making will boost your spirits as you work towards meeting your goals.

1. Eat Healthier:

Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! by Marilyn Burns

(National Spaghetti Day – January 4th)

We’re all about eating healthy, but don’t forget to have a cheat day! Do you eat spaghetti? We liked Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! because it’s a funny story about a family eating together. Mr. and Mrs. Comfort are hosting a family reunion. The spaghetti and meatballs are ready to be served, but there seems to be a little problem with the sitting arrangement. This book does a great job of putting abstract mathematical concepts of area and perimeter into a real-life context.

Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xefskg54qTY

2. Get More Sleep:

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

(Australia Day – January 26th)

Whether you are looking for tips on how to strengthen your sleep behaviors or celebrate Australia Day, this book is for you. In this hilarious book, we get a glimpse into the life of an Australian wombat and her interactions with humans. Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qMMhJ4iiu8&t=12s

3. Exercise More:

Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson

I can not think of a better place to burn calories than walking around the Magic Kingdom! Kingdom Keepers will keep your eyes a-movin’ and your brain a-dancin’ with all the adventures that take place inside the Disney Parks after hours. Seeing the magic come to life through the pages of this book will feel like being in Disneyland without leaving the comfort of your bedroom. Get ready to burn some calories reading this story of good versus evil. I recommend reading all seven books in this series!

4. Increase Sophistication:

Gullible Gus by Maxine Rose Schur</