Children’s Book Roundup: November 2021

  • November 29, 2021

Big new titles perfect for the littles.


It may still be November, but Chanukah is already in full swing, and Christmas and Kwanzaa are right around the corner! Whatever you’re celebrating now or in the coming weeks, these three titles will help make bedtime — or anytime — reading more festive for everyone.

Jan Brett’s The Nutcracker (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers). “The doors opened into a magical Christmas party. But Marie never could have guessed how magical. Not far away, Uncle Drosselmeier was gathering the curious creations he had fashioned for Christmas Eve…” This lavishly illustrated retelling of the classic tale feels both Old World and brand new, and Brett’s Russified recasting of the Sugar Plum Fairy’s dancers as animals adds an especially delightful twist.

This Little Dreidel by Aly Fronis (author) and Carol Herring (illustrator) (Little Bee Books). “This little dreidel went to market. This little dreidel took a spin. This little dreidel started a game. This little dreidel put one in.” The familiar and beloved “This Little Piggy” nursery rhyme gets a Festival of Lights makeover in this simple board book tailor-made for the youngest readers — who’ll surely want to hear it on all eight nights of Chanukah!

Home for the Holidays: A Little Book about the Different Holidays that Bring Us Together by Craig Manning (author) and Ernie Kwiat (illustrator) (Sourcebooks Wonderland). “We all have traditions we celebrate each year / with family and friends that fill you with cheer.” Join Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, and other Sesame Street favorites for a look at some of the many observances — from Kwanzaa and Eid al-Fitr to Diwali and Chinese New Year — that make life more joyful and fun.

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