Whether you are looking for stocking stuffers or just some new books to curl up and read on a cold, snowy day, this is the list for you. Here is a list of holiday books that we are sure will warm the hearts of readers both young and old.
Although there aren’t many new picture books published in December, we’re really excited about this select bunch! Reversing the book-to-movie trend, WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? actually started out as a YouTube video --- and it got more than 275 MILLION views! The picture book pairs the lyrics with playful, almost otherworldly illustrations. There are also a couple of adorable animal-centric love stories that made our list --- PAUL MEETS BERNADETTE and PENGUIN IN LOVE. Who knew that goldfish and penguins could be so sweet? And we found a pair of stunning, paper-cut editions of classic tales --- PINOCCHIO: A CUT-PAPER BOOK from Tango Books and HANSEL AND GRETEL from Minedition. Both make fantastic use of texture and contrast and bring a timeless, stirring quality to the stories. The cover of HANSEL AND GRETEL doesn’t do it justice --- check out the German video of someone flipping through the pages, here.
December's roundup of Cool & New Books includes WISE ACRES: The Seventh Circle of Heck by Dale E. Basye, where Milton and Marlo Fauster are sent to the circle of Heck reserved for the cleverest, snarkiest, put-downiest kids; the penultimate book in the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell, HOW TO BETRAY A DRAGON'S HERO, where Hiccup the Viking is faced with a personal dilemma while preparing for an impending battle; and HUNT FOR THE HYDRA, the first installment of The Jupiter Pirates series by Jason Fry, which features the adventures of three siblings who battle space pirates and vie to be the next spaceship captain.
December's roundup of New in Paperback includes Newbury Honor winner THREE TIMES LUCKY by Sheila Turnage, where a girl who washed ashore a small North Carolina town 11 years ago must save the only family she's ever known from an accusatory lawman; FANCY NANCY: JUST MY LUCK! I CAN READ by Jane O'Connor, where the fanciest girl in literature discovers a list of what's lucky and what's not, and it sends her head spinning; and MAGICALIMITY by Kate Saunders, which follows a boy named Tom who has to save his dad from a pair of killer fairies.
Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?
You may think you know all of the American cities. But did you know that long before New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or Boston ever appeared on the map --- thousands of years before Europeans first colonized North America --- other cities were here? In the pages of this book, you'll find the astonishing story of how they grew from small settlements to booming city centers --- and then crumbled into ruins.
On the summit of the fabled mountain Slievenamon in Ireland, there is a doorway to an ancient land of terrible power. The gate of Feimhin has lain closed for centuries, the secret of its opening long lost. But now four orphans drawn together by Fate must pass through the portal to face their destinies. What they find beyond is the enchanted but war-ravaged world of Tír, a strange land peopled by beings of magic. Here death waits at every corner and they must learn to fight if they are to survive.
It's hard for Bernie to make friends when her family runs a monument company and her father has just hired the creepy Mr. Stein to engrave tombstones. Bernie discovers his engraved portrait of their neighbor...who promptly dies. The pattern continues, and Bernie wonders if Mr. Stein is predicting the deaths, or causing them.
The colors pop and the artwork sings throughout the seven stories featured in EXPLORER: THE LOST ISLANDS, the second anthology from editor Kazu Kibuishi (the creator behind the wonderful Amulet series). Kibuishi’s AMULET is known for these eye-grabbing splashes, which take full advantage of the spectrum of four-color creativity that comics allows, so it’s no surprise to see them on display here as well.
Sammy Feral's family runs a zoo, but now the entire Feral family has been infected with a mysterious virus that causes them to turn into werewolves. Now his mom, dad and sisters are trying to infect Sammy! Worse, it seems there is an evil professor trying to take over the Feral Zoo --- could he have anything to do with the werewolf virus?
When a drought hits in Sierra Leone, nine-year-old Magulu is sold by her father. But an unthinkable chain of events unfolds: a capture by slave traders; weeks in an airless hold; a landing where she is sold and taken aboard the Amistad; a mutiny; a trial that is argued by John Quincy Adams. Narrated in first-person, this fictionalized book of a real-life figure retells history through the eyes of a child.
Serafina's life takes a turn as she becomes the new Baba Yaga. But leaving behind home and the boy she loves isn't easy, and as Serafina grows into her role of answering the first question any stranger might ask her with the truth, she also learns who she's meant to be and that telling the future doesn't always mean knowing the right answers.
Now 16 years old, Jacob Portman has grown up listening to outlandish tales told by his grandfather, who claims he escaped monsters as a young boy and was able to take shelter in Miss Peregrine’s home. Jacob believes the monsters his grandfather was hiding from during World War II were the Nazis, but after his grandfather dies, horrifically, before his very eyes, Jacob is confronted with the truth.
Ghosts are mysteriously disappearing throughout Victorian London when, due to the Black Rot, empty haunted houses suck them inside and imprison them. It's up to the diligent but clueless Mr. Lapsewood, a paranormal paper-pusher, to work with the living and the dead to destroy the Black Rot before it destroys the ghost and human worlds.
September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.