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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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