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Best Books for the Holiday Season

Check out our curated list from Scholastic librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey, beginning with books for your toddler all the way up to your independent reader.
on December 15, 2016

In the second installment of our new Facebook video series, Live From Our Library, Scholastic Librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey unwrapped perfect books to give for the holidays (or any other time of year). From books for toddlers, to early chapter books, to books you might enjoy yourself, take a look at the list below. You can also watch the Live Chat here.

Happy holidays (and watching)! 

Board books (Pre-K)

My Snow Globe: A Sparkly Peek-Through Story by Megan E. Bryant and Melissa Iwai

Beautiful OOPs by Barney Saltzberg

Mighty Dads by Joan Holub and James Dean

I Love Music: My First Sound Book by Marion Billet

What’s in My Truck? by Linda Bleck (Good to pair with What’s in My Train?)

Early readers (K/1/2nd grade)

K Is for Kwanzaa: A Kwanzaa Alphabet Book by Jumanda G. Ford and Ken Wilson-Max

Kwanzaa: A Family Affair by Mildred Pitts Walter and Cheryl Carrington

Is It Hanukkah Yet? by Chris Barash and Alessandra Psacharopulo

The Night Before Hanukkah by Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah by Norman Bridwell

Clifford's Christmas by Norman Bridwell

Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore and David Ercolini

Batman’s Dark Secret by Kelley Puckett & Jon J. Muth

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales

The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey

Clifford the Big Red Dog (Vintage Hardcover Edition) by Norman Bridwell

Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock

When I Grow Up: Misty Copeland by Lexi Ryals

Dogman by Dav Pilkey

Late elementary (3/4/5th grade)

Herobrine Saves Christmas: Herobrine's Wacky Adventures Book 3 (An Unofficial Minecraft Book) by Zack Zombie Books

The Children's Book of Kwanzaa: A Guide to Celebrating the Holiday by Dolores Johnson

Bill the Boy Wonder by Marc Tyler Nobleman and Ty Templeton

Cleopatra in Space 1 by Mike Maihack

Dork Diaries #11: Tales From a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy by Rachel Renée Russell

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney

Whatever After #10: Sugar and Spice by Sarah Mlynowski

Middle school (6/7/8th grade)

One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven, Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier and Douglas Holgate

Pokemon: Deluxe Essential Handbook

World of Warcraft: Traveler by Greg Weisman

Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon & Kira Breed-Wrisley

High school & Up (10/11/12th grade, Adults)

The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennett by Natasha Farrant

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Heartless and the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

March 1, 2, andby John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Same But Different: Life on the Autism Express by Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete, and RJ Peete

George by Alex Gino

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest and Kali Ciesemier

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

All Ages (10 years old & Up)

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore & Mark Marshall

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition) by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Factastic: A LEGO Adventure in the Real World

Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

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