Books are always the perfect gift! No matter what your recipient’s age, there’s a new book that they’d love! Here’s a list of some of the best new holiday 2018 books for toddlers, tots, school age, tweens, and families. Some are old favorites, but there are lots of new stories that may just become your family’s new holiday tradition!
New Holiday Books for Kids from Tiny Tots to School-Age Children
Where’s Santa Claus? (board book)
By Ingela P. Arrhenius
ISBN: 9781536206975 | October 2018 | Ages 0 mos – 3 years
Five beautifully illustrated spreads show a series of friendly Christmassy creatures hiding behind bright felt flaps. With gold foil on the cover and a mirror on the final page, this is a perfect book to share with your favorite little one.
By Janie Ho
ISBN: 9781536202496 | October 2018 | Ages 0 mos – 3 years
Bright illustrations feature lots of happy faces and festive details to spot, providing hours of shared first-word fun!
Baby’s First Cloth Book: Christmas
By Lisa Jones & Edward Underwood
ISBN: 9781536202755 | September 2018 | Ages 0 mos – 3 years
Explore the world with Baby Boo! These charming cloth books combine bold images of faces and animals, high-contrast patterns, first words, and the simplest of stories, making them perfect gifts for babies. Features a cloth-and-Velcro handle that can attached to a stroller and crinkly pages for tiny hands.
The Little Snow Plow
By Lora Koehler, illustrated by Jake Parker
ISBN: 9781536203400| October 2018 | Ages 0-3
When a blizzard arrives, will the little snowplow’s training be enough to clear the streets and handle unexpected trouble?
Sleep My Bunny
By Rosemary Wells
ISBN: 9780763692629 | November 2018 | Ages 2 – 5
Outside the window, night falls in a vivid, expressionistic ode to Van Gogh. But inside the cozy house, in rooms lit with soft pastels, parents guide their little bunny through a universal routine: eating supper, putting toys away, taking a bath, reading a story, listening to a song. With gorgeous artwork and a simple poetic narrative offering the perfect script for a reassuring voice, Rosemary Wells gently ties nature’s rhythms to familiar ritual, creating a bedtime read-aloud certain to lull every small child into slumber.
Pip and Posy: The Christmas Tree
By Axel Scheffler
ISBN: 9781536202762| September 2018 | Ages 2-5
It’s Christmastime, and Pip and Posy are busy decorating the tree. But the decorations keep mysteriously disappearing. . . . Oh, dear!
By Lou Peacock; illustrated by Helen Stephens
ISBN: 9781536202663| September 2018 | Ages 2-5
Noah loses his toy elephant while Christmas shopping with his mom and baby sister. Will they be reunited?
The Christmas Eve Tree
By Delia Huddy; illustrated by Emily Sutton
ISBN: 9781536200027| September 2018 | Ages 5-8
This deeply affecting Christmas tale in a new edition offers a pop-up version of its most heartwarming scene.
New Books for YOUNG NATURE LOVERS
Little Fox in the Snow
By Jonathan London, illustrated by Daniel Miyares
ISBN: 9780763688141 | November 2018 | Ages 4 – 8
A red fox emerges from its burrow one frosty morning, a fiery streak against stark white surroundings, driven by hunger and curiosity to investigate its world. Encountering a mouse, a hare, and a wolverine, the little fox takes on the role of both hunter and hunted before returning to the safety of its den, where — perhaps — it dreams of something more. Jonathan London’s poetic text and Daniel Miyares’s stunning impressionistic paintings provide an evocative portrait of a fox and its place in the natural world.
Little Christmas Tree
By Jessica Courtney-Tickle
ISBN: 9781536203110 | October 2018 | Ages 2 – 5
One white and snowy night, a little Christmas tree stands alone in the forest. Everything is white and lifeless. As the night goes on, there are signs of life: an orange fox, a red-breasted robin, a cloud of fireflies. By the end of the book, the little Christmas tree is transformed by nature. Another great lift-the-flap exploration of nature in the same series as Little Tree and Little Honeybee.
By Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Kerry Hyndman
ISBN: 9781536200423 | October 2018 | Ages 3 – 7
A plucky robin, lost and alone, sets out on an epic journey, guided only by a call in his heart saying “come home!” He wills his wings to beat faster, lifting him over great mountains and dark forests, through blinding blizzards and rolling fog, across the wide, wild sea. Can he find his way back to his family in time for Christmas? Combined with Kerry Hyndman’s striking illustrations of the red-breasted bird against a sweeping, snowy terrain, Michael Morpurgo’s poetic narrative will stir any reader who has ever yearned to reunite with loved ones or welcome them home.
New Books for YOUNG URBANITES & ARMCHAIR TRAVELERS
By Ingela P. Arrhenius
ISBN: 9781536202571 | September 2018 | Ages 3 – 7
After turning heads and delighting readers with her giant book of animals, Swedish children’s designer Ingela P. Arrhenius turns her talents to the many attractions that make cities so special. Iconic urban images are featured on every page — from subways to skyscrapers, museums to cafes, fountains to sidewalk newsstands. Each bold, graphic image is set apart by a different typeface, transforming a whimsical celebration of cities into an artfully designed title for every bookshelf.
A World of Cities
By James Brown
ISBN: 9780763698799 | October 2018 | Ages 7 – 10
Visit places you have only dreamed of in an elegant celebration of cities around the world. From Shanghai, Berlin, and Cairo to Seoul, Delhi, and Rome explore each locale by way of bold illustrations and unlock a collection of intriguing facts. In a follow-up to international bestseller A World of Information, printmaker James Brown has skillfully rendered each city in a stylistic nod to vintage travel posters, while incorporating historical and cultural facts for curious minds to devour. Wander the distinctive cities of the world, all from the comfort of your favorite reading nook.
Discovery Globe: Build-Your-Own-Globe
By Leon Gray; Illustrated by Sarah Edmonds
ISBN: 9780763697488 | September 2018 | Ages 8 – 12
For curious adventurers everywhere, this illustrated globe and guide set takes readers on a rich and exciting tour of discovery. A 48-page world explorer’s guide.
New Books for Young ANIMAL LOVERS
By Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Harry Bliss
ISBN: 9780763689797 | September 2018 | Ages 5 – 8
Rosie is a good dog and a faithful companion to her owner, George. She likes taking walks with George and looking at the clouds together, but the closest she comes to another dog is when she encounters her reflection in her empty dog bowl, and sometimes that makes Rosie feel lonely. One day George takes Rosie to the dog park, but the park is full of dogs that Rosie doesn’t know, which makes her feel lonelier than ever. When big, loud Maurice and small, yippy Fifi bound over and want to play, Rosie’s not sure how to respond. Is there a trick to making friends? And if so, can they all figure it out together?
Ten Horse Farm
By Robert Sabuda
ISBN: 9780763663988 | April 2018 | Ages 5 – 8
Watch with awe as majestic horses leap off the page when you open this stunning full-color pop-up book. Glorious images of horses grazing, prancing, and galloping in an idyllic farm setting are inspired by everyday scenes in rural America as well as by the real Ten Horse Farm (now an art studio) owned by artist and designer Robert Sabuda in upstate New York. This 3-D gem will draw horse enthusiasts of all ages.
Into the Jungle
By Katherine Rundell; illustrated by Kristjana S. Williams
ISBN: 9781536205275 | October 2018 | Ages 8 – 12
This wise and witty companion to Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 classic is likewise a series of connected stories about the man-cub Mowgli and his adventures among the animals in the Indian jungle. It includes all the original favorites like Baloo and Bagheera and gives female characters, like Mother Wolf, a more prominent role in Mowgli’s upbringing. The timely theme of the possibility of understanding and empathy across species, cultures, and genders will resonate with contemporary readers.
New Books to Create FAMILY TOGETHERNESS
Sing A Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year
By Frann Preston-Gannon; illustrated by Fiona Waters
ISBN: 9781536202472 | October 2018 | All ages
Sing a Song of Seasons is a lavishly illustrated collection of 366 nature poems — one for every day of the year. Filled with familiar favorites and new discoveries written by a wide variety of poets, including William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, John Updike, Langston Hughes, N. M. Bodecker, Okamoto Kanoko, and many more, this is the perfect book for children (and grown-ups!) to share at the beginning or the end of the day.
Around the World in 80 Puzzles
By Aleksandra Artymowska
ISBN: 9781536203080 | September 2018 | Ages 7 – 9
Inspired by Jules Verne’s iconic novel, this stunning puzzle book is a treat for readers of all ages. Aleksandra Artymowska’s imagining of the classic tale is packed with steamships, airships, railways, penny-farthings, and any other kind of transport you can imagine — and it will take you on a voyage like no other. Each intricate puzzle, from labyrinthine mazes to missing-object hunts, is guaranteed to fascinate, puzzle, and inspire. It’s a book to pour over again and again.
By Michael Rosen; illustrated by Tony Ross
ISBN: 9781536204797 | September 2018 | Ages 8 – 12
This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens’s beloved holiday classic. Harry Gruber plays the role of Scrooge in his school’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” and he is extra nervous about tonight’s performance because his father is in the audience — not away for business, as usual. Will the story’s message of Christmas cheer and the redemptive power of love reach his father’s distracted Scrooge heart?