Children’s Book Roundup: December 2019

  • By Marlene England
  • December 16, 2019

Big new titles perfect for the littles.

Children’s Book Roundup: December 2019

If you’re still in the early stages of your holiday shopping, fret not! These gift books published by Candlewick and Candlewick Studio may be the perfect fit for someone on your list:

Young lovers of wildlife will find plenty to explore in conservation biologist Martin Jenkins’ Under Threat: An Album of Endangered Animals, which includes stunning, oversized stamp graphics by printmaker Tom Frost. Thirty threatened species are profiled — from the Amsterdam albatross to the Lau banded iguana (a personal favorite) — with compelling facts about the species, their habitats, and why their futures are in peril.

Equally big and beautiful is A World of Discovery, the brilliant creation of author James Brown and printmaker Richard Platt. Filled with images, charts, and facts galore, each oversized spread tackles a different breakthrough in science and technology, from the wheel to artificial intelligence. Engaging copy and bold illustrations spark curiosity and give young and old alike a lot to ponder.

Jan Bajtlik’s one-of-a-kind Greek Myths and Mazes brings to life the legends of Ancient Greece in an intricate series of twists and tangles. Exquisite illustrations form the challenging puzzles of Odysseus’ journey, the Minotaur’s labyrinth, the quest for the golden fleece, and more — but that’s just the first 53 pages. The remainder of the book is devoted to explanatory notes and pictures and even a partial family tree of Greek gods and heroes.

Matt Tavares’ Dasher brings a little extra magic to the Santa story with its lush illustrations and heartwarming tale of the first reindeer to guide the sleigh. Dear old Silverbell, Santa’s trusted horse, needs some help on Christmas Eve, so Dasher bravely steps up, up, and away to make sure Saint Nick delivers on time. The story gets even sweeter when Dasher’s family joins her at the North Pole and, well, you know what happens next!

Marlene England owns Curious Iguana bookstore and benefit corporation in downtown Frederick, Maryland, with her husband Tom. The pair also own Frederick’s destination for fun and games, Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts.

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