New Children's Books December 2023

Updated November 29, 2023
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The twelve hours of Christmas
Bailey, Jenn
In this reinvention of the classic holiday carol "The 12 Days of Christmas," five golden rings become five Nana hugs, eight maids a-milking become eight mugs of cocoa, and much more, as a family comes together to celebrate the holidays. In the first hour of...
Sir Morien : the legend of a knight of the Round Table
Black, Holly
Full of humor, drama, and adventure, this retelling of a little-known figure of Arthurian Legend, co-written by friends Kaliis Smith and #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, is perfect for any knight in training.  Prince Morien was brave and...
Nesting dolls
Brantley-Newton, Vanessa
Anyiaka is in awe of her gorgeous Gullah Geechee family-she wants to be beautiful like her older sister, Sorie, a great listener like her mom, and a talented artist like her grandma. But on today's visit to her grandparents' house, Anyiaka sticks out from the rest of the family like a sore thumb....
The bees of Notre Dame
Browne, Meghan P.
High above the bustling streets and gardens of Paris is a little-known wonder- a cluster of beehives. They sit atop the roof of the Notre-Dame cathedral, lovingly tended to by a beekeeper named Sibyle. But when fire broke out in the cathedral in 2019, the bees almost didn't make it. Firefighters...
Snowmen's twelve nights of Christmas
Buehner, Caralyn
A classic Christmas carol told with a hilarious Snowmen twist, from the New York Times bestselling creators Caralyn and Mark Buehner The Twelve Days of Christmas has never been funnier or more chaotic as an energetic dog chases an elf, peeking penguins, scolding...
The minecraft ideas book : more than 70 awesome builds inspired by the world around us
Fačy, Bernard
Discover more than 70 mind-blowing build ideas - plus tips, tricks, and hacks from expert Minecraft builders in this official Minecraft book. Spark your imagination with incredible build ideas inspired by the world around you. Explore landmarks, natural wonders, and inventions....
Granny Smith was not an apple : the story of orchardist Marie Ann Smith
Fortson, Sarah Glenn
In the 1800s a migrant farmer named Maria Ann Smith worked as an apple orchardist. Her discovery of a new type of apple that never turned red, but was always green, tart, sweet, and perfect for a pie, was due part to a fluke of nature, and part to Maria's insight and determination. The beloved...
All the small wonderful things
Foster, Kate
In an endearing story about an autistic boy and his steadfast furry pal, Alex is convinced that winning a trophy at the dog show will help him make a real friend at last. Eleven-year-old Alex knows that starting middle school will be a big change, and for an autistic person,...
How to bird
Hamid, Rasha
Birding for everyone, everywhere. Birding is a joyful, wonder-filled activity that anyone can do. Featuring the skyline and natural spaces of New York City, How to Bird invites children to explore birdwatching, with each page featuring a new birding strategy. A...
Countdown for Nochebuena
Hernández Bergstrom, Adriana
Celebrate the Latine traditions of Christmas Eve with this joyful story that counts up to twelve and back down again.  Also available in a shorter board book edition.  This charming, bouncy text that alternates between English and Spanish and counts holiday...
Decorate the tree
Jones, Amanda Jane
Blink your eyes and twinkle your fingers to help decorate the tree in this stylish interactive picture book from the award-winning Kinfolk founding art director, Amanda Jane Jones. Hooray! It's time to decorate the tree! Can you help? Clap to turn on the lights. Twinkle your...
Secrets of the forest : 15 bedtime stories inspired by nature
Klepeis, Alicia
A beautifully illustrated collection of 5 minute bedtime stories about the wildlife found in woods around the world. The perfect gift for children and grandchildren! Every forest contains a thousand secrets... In this charming anthology of stories by Alicia Klepeis readers...
The Mexican dreidel
Marshall, Linda Elovitz
Danielito loves Janucá, especially playing dreidel. This year, he is old enough to visit Bobe by himself. Piñatas hang from the trees, and the kids in Bobe's neighborhood play with Mexican tops called trompos. Danielito does not have a trompo, but he has a dreidel. "What is that?" "¿Qué es eso?"...
The happy owls
Piatti, Celestino.
This is a classic text about enjoying the miracle of every day life. Originally published in 1964, it is being reissued, a testament to Piatti's distinctive artwork. He is particularly known for his innovative use of fonts. Why are these owls so happy? That's just what the chickens, ducks, and geese...
Treasure Island : runaway gold
Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Bestselling and award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes reimagines the classic novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson in this thrilling adventure set in modern-day Manhattan, in which three children must navigate the city's hidden history, dodge a threatening crew of skater kids,...
Once there was a bear : tales of before it all began
Riordan, Jane
A delightful new collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories, told in the style of A. A. Milne, that explores life before the Hundred Acre Wood. How did Christopher Robin meet his beloved bear? Did Pooh and his friends see any of London before they moved to the Hundred Acre Wood? These...
Kozo the sparrow
Say, Allen
Caldecott Medalist Allen Say's tale of a young boy who saves a baby bird from the local bullies is filled with compassion and empathy. Based on a true story and gorgeously illustrated, this story from an iconic picture book creator is not to be missed. A young boy sees a baby...
Sweetness all around
Supplee, Suzanne
An indomitable heroine who believes she is destined to find her kidnapped neighbor leads this warm, big-hearted story with irresistible characters and a captivating mystery. Almost-eleven-year-old Josephine is NOT pleased to be moving into the Happy World trailer park over the...
The song of the swan
Sutton, Karah
Olga is an orphan and a thief, relying on trickery and sleight of hand to make her way in the world. But it's magic, not thievery, that could get her into trouble. When Olga and her partner-in-crime Pavel learn of a valuable jewel kept in a secluded castle, Olga sees an opportunity to...
How to catch Santa Claus
Walstead, Alice
It's time to deck the halls and set your traps in this new Christmas adventure from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling How to Catch series! Do you have what it takes to catch jolly old St. Nicholas himself? Santa Claus is getting ready to deliver presents to children around the...

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