Tis the season to lighten up and smile. These new wintry holiday season picture books are full of whimsy, humor and cool artwork.
"Walking in a Winter Wonderland" as sung by Peggy Lee; illustrated by Tim Hopgood; Henry Holt; 32 pages; $17.99.
Artist Tim Hopgood loves creating wonder-filled picture books, including his happy "What a Wonderful...Read more
Winter snow begins soon in many parts of the country. These frosty new picture books will excite young readers with stories involving cooler temperatures, especially considering the proximity of the December holidays.
"Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter" by Sam McBratney; illustrated by Anita Jeram; Candlewick Press; 12 pages; $18.99.
Kids need escape, and what better way to get there than with books? These are a few fun lighthearted tales sure to put a smile on any young reader's face.
"Bera the One-Headed Troll" by Eric Orchard; First Second Books; 126 pages; $17.99.
Graphic books are all the rage among youngsters. This one is keen with its appeal to girls and boys and ...Read more
ATTENTION LEE LITTLEWOOD EDITORS: THE FOLLOWING "KIDS' HOME LIBRARY" COLUMN WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED SEPT. 16, 2016. LEE LITTLEWOOD WANTED TO REITERATE THE MESSAGE OF THE COLUMN, THUS IT IS TRANSMITTED AGAIN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION. -- CREATORS
The Message of the Day Is Equality for All
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It's always smart to shop for holiday gifts early, and there's no better gift for a child than a book. These book sets are grander than most, making them fantastic gifts for holidays, winter birthdays or really any time.
"My Best Tooth Fairy Friend" by Ray Murray; pictures by Mark Rogalski; 28 pages; $34.99.
When Ray Murray's 5-year-old ...Read more
During this hectic time of year, as the holiday season approaches, it's important to remember that children can sense adults' stress. Music specifically geared toward children can be a healthy, healing antidote to negative atmospheres. Contemporary children's music is highly evolved, as sophisticated and full of talent as adults' tunes. The ...Read more
ATTENTION LEE LITTLEWOOD EDITORS: THERE IS A MANDATORY CORRECTION TO BE MADE TO THE COLUMN FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21. IN THE THIRD PARAGRAPH, THE SENTENCE, "MY FAVORITE HERO (WHO'S ALSO A RELATIVE), IS UNSTOPPABLE HELEN KELLER WHO'S "DEAF. BLIND. LIMITLESS." SHOULD BE CORRECTED TO READ, "MY FAVORITE HERO (WHO'S ALSO A PERSONAL RELATIVE), IS...Read more
Child psychologists and educators suggest that kids read books when they have issues with potty training, healthy eating, new siblings and other adjustments. These books should also be suggested, for they promote kindness -- the antidote to bullying and mean behavior. Books rule!
"Be the Change" by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus; illustrated...Read more
It's almost the time of the year for gift giving. Here are a few new books teeming with retro art and the "it" factor.
"Animals" by Ingela P. Arrhenius; Candlewick Studio; 34 pages; $22.
Talk about retro splendor. This oversized posterworthy book showcases whimsical vintage-looking animals. The names on the animals are written in various ...Read more
Young ones and shy ones will benefit from a gentle dose of Halloween before the big day. These funny, non-scary books will introduce young kids to a sweet dress-up holiday that will soon be their favorite.
"The Haunted Mansion" with music by Buddy Baker and lyrics by Xavier Atencio; illustrations by James Gilleard; Disney Press; 32 pages; $17...Read more
These new books educate and inspire kids about civil rights and the importance of equality for all. It's vital for children to know about those people in history who helped forge a path for equal rights. Young people today need to understand the message that kindness to all is of utmost importance, and that they are never too young to make a ...Read more
Fall is magical to kids; jumping in piles of leaves, donning that new cozy jacket, and anticipating Halloween's excitement. These books ease children into the cooler, crisper season.
"Wonderfall" by Michael Hall; HarperCollins; 40 pages; $17.99.
Short poems highlighted by titles with the word "fall" in each one -- Thankfall, Dutifall, ...Read more