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5 New Holiday Books To Make Your Child Merry

'Tis the season for festive new kids’ books! Since November is National Picture Book Month, we’re sharing a list of the newest holiday-themed picture books to add to your family’s reading list. Whether you gather round the Christmas tree, the Menorah, the Kinara, or a warm and cozy fireplace, you’ll love these reads that are sure to become your children’s new holiday favorites.

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The Santa Thief by Alane Adams and illustrated by Lauren Gallegos


It's winter in 1920’s Girard, Pennsylvania and the pond is completely frozen over―ready for a young boy to go skating―but young Georgie's ice skates are too small. All Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. But times are tough for his family, and he gets the disappointing news Santa might not come this year. Follow Georgie as he decides to take matters into his own hands by “stealing” Santa's identity―and discovers what Christmas is all about. Written by award-winning transmedia author Alane Adams, with illustrations by Lauren Gallegos, The Santa Thief is a heartwarming story with an important lesson that little ones will appreciate. Kirkus reviews calls The Santa Thief “an entertaining story with a plucky main character."

Twas the Evening of Christmas by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Elena Selivanova


For generations, families read and recited author Dr. Clement C. Moore’s famed beloved and famed holiday poem, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. This year, readers can enjoy a new faith based twist on the classic story. ’Twas the Evening of Christmas echoes the familiar language and rhythm of Dr. Clements’ poetry, but instead of focusing on Santa, it focuses on the baby Jesus, as the focus of Christmas. This simple retelling of the most famous Christmas story ever told will delight young readers and their family alike as they hear of the journey of Joseph and Mary, visits from shepherds, angels and kings, and a sweet little baby whose birth brought them all together.

Snow by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Lauren Stringer


Booklist magazine offered a coveted starred review for Snow, saying, "few have the grace and exuberance of this lovely collaboration of Rylant’s evocative words and Stringer’s entrancing paintings.” Rylant’s lyrical descriptions of the sights and feelings evoked by falling snow blend gorgeously with the rich and beautiful world created by Lauren Stringer’s illustrations, in which a young girl, her grandmother, and her friend enjoy the many things a snowy day has to offer. As family and friends prepare to gather together to enjoy the Winter holidays, Snow offers readers a new appreciation for the beautiful blanket of white that adds festive beauty to this special season.

Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg and illustrated by Anjan Sarkar


Pamela Ehrenberg and Anjan Sarkar perfectly unite two rich and vibrant cultures is what is sure to be a new Hanukkah favority. Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas is a sweet and humorous picture book, in which multi-cultural Indian and Jewish family celebrate Hanukkah while incorporating traditional Indian food. Instead of latkes, this family celebrates Hanukkah with tasty Indian dosas. To her brother's chagrin, little Sadie won't stop climbing on everything both at home and at the Indian grocery store, even while preparing the dosas. As the family puts the finishing touches on their holiday preparations, they accidentally get locked out of the house. Sadie and her climbing skills just may be exactly what is needed to save the day.

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Kwanzaa by Carolyn Otto


Celebrate Kwanzaa continues the spectacular Holidays Around the World series by focusing on this African-American holiday, which falls during the festive, gift-giving season and is celebrated by families, communities, and schools throughout America. With succinct, lively text and beautiful photographs, the book celebrates African-American culture and helps us to understand and appreciate this special holiday. Families gather as a community to make music and to dance; to feast on harvest foods and the good things of the earth; and to exchange simple, often homemade, gifts. Readers are introduced to the symbols of the holiday, such as the mkeka (a special placemat), kinara (candleholder), and kikombe cha umoja (unity cup). Important concepts, like the seven principles, are explained. In addition, a note from the book's consultant, aimed at parents and teachers, puts the holiday in its full cultural and historical perspective.

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