December’s Newest Kids’ Books | Source: Amazon/the Toy Insider

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … to read! There’s no better escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays than curling up next to the fireplace with a warm hot chocolate and a good book. Check out some of December’s newest reads that’ll make the perfect holiday gift for your little one! 

We Shall Overcome is a picture book written and illustrated by Bryan Collier that pays homage to the Civil Rights gospel anthem of the same title. The picture book illuminates the lyrics of the ballad by featuring a mesh of historic moments from the twentieth-century movement and pivotal moments of the present day. Detailing demonstrations both big and small, Collier brings hope to generations young and old as the fight for justice continues with his powerfully tender images. 

The Tangled Web is the third volume of Drew Weing’s graphic novel series The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo. Kids ages 8-12 can follow along as Margo’s assistant, Charles, is sent on assignment to Echo City’s mysterious underground monster metropolis. With a settlement of giant spiders in danger of being destroyed by relentless construction workers, it’s up to Margo and Charles to save the species, but their salvation lies in the mysterious Downside. 

Dinosaurs on Kitty Island is the second volume to Michael Slack’s picture book series Kitties and Dinosaurs. When the dinos of Dinosaur Island get hungry for adventure, they decide to escape to neighboring Kitty Island for some fenile fun with their new kitty friends. Readers ages 3-5 can join this unlikely group of friends as they sort out their sizable differences and have some roaring fun! 

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Dancing with Daddy, written by Anita Rowe and illustrated by Ziyue Chen, tells the story of Elsie, a young girl who’s excited for her first father-daughter dance. Readers ages 3-7 can witness Elsie swirl and sway in her wheelchair as she glows in excitement over the perfect dress — but, when a winter storm comes, Elsie worries that her dream evening may remain in her fantasies. A refreshing and realistic depiction of living with a disability, Elsie’s Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome is just another aspect of family life in this heartwarming picture book. 

Playing with Lanterns by Wang Yage invites readers ages 3-7 to celebrate the Chinese New Year with Zhao Di and friends. For 15 nights, Zhao Di and the crew partake in the holiday’s tradition as they each release a colored lantern into the sky and admire the colors that float above them. After the 15 day celebration, the real fun begins: smashing the lanterns! This picture book with images by Chengliang Zhu is a joyous tribute to a Chinese custom that allows readers from all over the world to join in on the fun! 

All of these books are available for purchase now on Amazon or local bookstores!