This holiday season, why not treat friends and family to a good read? There truly is something for everyone’s taste or interest, starting with the youngest on your list.
Who doesn’t love a great story that is wonderfully illustrated to capture the magic? Perennial favorite children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett is back with “The Snowy Nap.” When winter comes, Hedgie the hedgehog tries to stay awake so he doesn’t miss out on all the fun. Will he succeed? Teaching kids how to be grateful and find their inner calm are topics of some new releases including “Grow Grateful” by Sage Foster-Lasser and Jon Lasser, “The Thank You Book” by Mary Lyn Ray & Stephanie Graegin, a timely and wise book celebrating the power of gratitude, and finally “Bee Still” by Frank J. Silea & Claire Keay where Bentley the Bee teaches his friends how to meditate. Of course, there are always the classics of the season like “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore with beautiful illustrations by Charles Santore, “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg and “Miracle on 34th Street” by Valentine Davis to celebrate the magic of the season.
For older children reading on their own, you can’t go wrong with the popular series “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 13: The Meltdown” by Jeff Kinney. James Patterson also has a line of books for middle school readers, including “Max Einstein,” that is officially authorized by the Albert Einstein Archives and follows a young genius who attempts to solve the world’s toughest problems. “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret” by Trudi Trueit has all the danger and adventure any kid could want and is inspired by real National Geographic explorers.
Another seasonal highlight is “The Illustrated History of the Snowman” by Bob Eckstein that contains over 200 illustrations sure to become a winter classic for all ages. The Little House Cookbook is a newly revised and updated edition that features full color photos and recipes inspired by the Laura Ingalls Wilder classic. For the budding chef, try The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs brought to you by the experts at America’s Test Kitchen. For adults, Where to Drink Beer is the ultimate guide by 500 experts who reveal surprising destinations they like to visit for their pick of great suds.
Don’t forget something for the sports and history enthusiasts on your list. Patriots fans will love “Five Rings” by Jerry Thornton who tells the story of the modern New England Patriots and all of their Super Bowl games up to now. “The Pats” by Glenn Stout & Richard Johnson is a definitive history of the team with over 200 photos essays from notable journalists and celebrities. “In the Hurricane’s Eye” is the latest by Nathaniel Philbrick, N.Y. Times bestselling author that tells the thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War. “Valley Forge” by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin draws on a cast of prominent individuals in an inspiring account of the continental army winter camp where George Washington turned the tide of the American Revolution. For the armchair traveler, National Geographic Almanac for 2019 is a first for adults, jam-packed with extraordinary photos, fun facts along with maps and stories.
If you need more suggestions, just pick up the hefty 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich for a readable, entertaining volume of recommendations of gems you may have overlooked. There are plenty more captivating options to choose from as you explore the shelves of your local bookstore. Have a cozy holiday season curled up with the favorite book of your choice!