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.
November's roundup of New Picture Books features DOT. by Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg, about learning to put down gadgets and engage with the world around you; Eric Carle's FRIENDS, which follows a boy's journey overcoming the pain of having his best friend move away; and RED KNIT CAP GIRL TO THE RESCUE by Naoko Stoop, where you can join Red Knit Cap Girl and her forest friends on a journey of curiosity, imagination, and joy as they search for a way to meet the Moon.
November's roundup of Cool & New Books includes Jeff Kinney's eight Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, HARD LUCK where 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?; John Flanagan's THE ROYAL RANGER: The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 12, in which the time has come for Will Treaty to take on an apprentice of his own, and it’s the last person he ever would have expected; and THE CREATURE DEPARTMENT by Robert Paul Weston, in which no one except Uncle Archie knows what’s behind the second-to-last door at the end of the hall of DENKi-3000...until Elliot and Leslie are invited to take a glimpse inside.
November's roundup of New in Paperback includes HERE WHERE THE SUNBEAMS ARE GREEN , in which two sisters embark on a journey to Central America in order to find their dad with the help from new friends, all in order to get their family back together; Gordon Korman's HIDEOUT, where Griffin Bing and his friends protect a dog they'd rescued from his previous owner, Swindle, by using three hideouts to hide one very large dog; and CASTLE OF SHADOWS , in which 11-year-old princess Charlie embarks on a quest to find her mother and save the kingdom from revolution.
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.