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.
Welcome to the Amazing Automated Inn, home of 12-year-old inventor Wally Kennewickett, his genius scientist parents and his dashing dog, Noodles. The inn is a wonderful place for a curious boy and his loyal dog to live. That is, until President Theodore Roosevelt himself calls the elder Kennewicketts away, leaving Wally and Noodles to face the evil Mesmers, horrible hypnotists bent on controlling the minds of powerful people.
This essential book is brimming with information about pretty much everything! Encyclopedic in scope but fresh and exciting in presentation, this is a great-value, information packed book about the workings of the world. Detailed and eye-catching illustrations are paired with succinct, to-the-point text that explains the phenomena, processes and systems that affect our world and way of life.
With more twists and turns than a palace vault and one unforgettable family of thieves, this second book in Brian Farrey's epic Vengekeep trilogy will leave you breathless. Now, in this exciting sequel, Jaxter Grimjinx is back. Trouble is brewing in the Five Provinces. With the help of a few new friends, Jaxter will have to delve deep into some long-buried and dangerous secrets.
Sophie Hartley, age 10, does not want to be a teenager. No, Sophie likes being who she is right now, helping out at home, doing art projects and hanging out with her two best friends. And next year Sophie's class will see the movie about body changes, and her classmates are already buzzing about it. Sophie doesn't want to know about that embarrassing stuff yet. Does that mean she's immature?
As an apprentice Ranger under Halt, Will Treaty grew into a legend --- the finest Ranger the kingdom has ever known. Yet Will is facing a tragic battle that has left him grim and alone. To add to his problems, the time has come to take on an apprentice of his own, and it’s the last person he ever would have expected. Fighting his personal demons, Will has to win the trust and respect of his difficult new companion --- a task that at times seems almost impossible.
Something is wrong in the house that Lin's family has rented. When a secret key marked "Twistrose" arrives for her, Lin finds a gate to the world of Sylver. Lin is overjoyed to be reunited with Rufus, the pet she buried under the rosebush. Together they must find the missing Winter Prince in order to save Sylver from destruction.
Elliot Von Doppler and his friend Leslie think nothing ever happens in Bickleburgh, except inside the gleaming headquarters of DENKi-3000 --- the world’s eighth-largest electronics factory. And no one except Uncle Archie knows what’s behind the second-to-last door at the end of the hall. Until Elliot and Leslie are invited to take a glimpse inside. It is unlike anything they’ve ever seen.
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.