Winter Reading Guide: Top New eBooks for Kids

Crackling fires, cozy sweaters, and school vacation… winter is the most wonderful time of the year! When winter weather sends everyone indoors, it’s the perfect time to share a book with a child you love. Fortunately, there’s no need for a chilly trip to the bookstore; all titles below are available for immediate download on your eReader or tablet. Enjoy them together whenever you like.

FUN NEW BOOKS ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS

Christmas in America by Callista Gingrich & Susan Arciero

Ellis the Elephant gives the reader an adorable history lesson on how the USA has observed Christmas, from the Williamsburg colonists to the Apollo 8 astronauts celebrating in space.

Age group: 4-8 years, via Amazon
Available on: Kindle | Overdrive | Nook | Google Play | iBooks

How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan & Lee Wildish

A tongue-in-cheek guide for how to capture old St. Nick – and what to ask him when you do.

Age group: 4-8 years, via Amazon
Available on: Kindle |Overdrive| Nook | Google Play | iBooks

Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein by Amanda Peet, Andrea Troyer, & Christine Davenier

Though her family is Jewish, Rachel wants to celebrate Christmas too. She develops a plan to persuade Santa to visit her house this year. Instead, Rachel makes new friends who also don’t celebrate Christmas, and learns to be proud of her family’s culture and traditions.

Age group: Ages 3-7, via Amazon
Available on: Kindle | Overdrive | Nook | Google Play | iBooks

Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Tanya Simon, Richard Simon, & Mark Siegel

Young Oskar arrives in New York City on the seventh day of Hanukkah, 1938, fleeing the Nazi regime in Europe. On the way to his new home with a relative he’s never met, Oskar meets eight strangers, each with a gift to welcome him to America.

Age group: Ages 4-8, via Amazon
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AWARD WINNERS

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Imaginary friend Beekle grows impatient waiting for someone to dream him into the human world, and embarks on a search to find a friend.

Recognition:

2015 Caldecott Medal Book
2015 ALSC Notable Children’s Book
School Library Journal Star

Age group: Grades K -3, via Scholastic.
Available on:
Kindle | Nook | Google Play | iBooks

Rave reviews from Librarypoint | Gymtime | Mansfield Public Library | Common Sense Media

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki

This One Summer is an enchanting graphic novel about Rose, a young girl floating through summer vacation on the edge of adolescence. Recognition: 2015 Printz Honor Book

School Library Journal Best Book Star 2015 Caldecott Honor Book Age group: Ages 12+, via Amazon Available on: Kindle | Overdrive | Nook | Google Play | iBooks Rave reviews from New York Times |Paste Magazine | Prettybooks | CBLDF

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

This genre-bending verse novel tells the story of twin middle schoolers Jordan and Josh, who share a love of basketball (and mostly everything else.) The brothers struggle to deal with changes in their relationship when their first love interest arrives on the scene.

Recognition:

2015 Newbery Medal
2015 ALSC Notable Children’s Book
2015 Coretta Scott King Award Honor
School Library Journal Best Book Star

Age group: Ages 6-12, via Booklist
Available on:
Kindle | Overdrive | Nook | Google Play | iBooks

Rave reviews from New York Times |The Children’s Book Review | The Book Wars

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant & Melissa Sweet

A charming watercolor biography of shy booklover Peter Roget, creator of the modern thesaurus.

Recognition:

2015 Caldecott Honor Book
School Library Journal Best Book Star
2015 American Library Association Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
2015-2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award
2015 National Council of Teachers of English – Orbis Pictus Honor
2015 The Children’s Literature Assembly – Notable Children’s Books in Language Arts List

Age group: Grades 2-5, via School Library Journal
Available on: Google Play
Rave reviews from Rhapsody in Books | Common Sense Media | New York Times

POPULAR NEW ADDITIONS

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett & Christian Robinson

A ghost of a child, feeling under appreciated in the house he’s haunting, moves into a house in the city, where he befriends a girl and saves her family from a burglar.

The Buzz:

“Most anticipated,” Publishers Weekly
New York Times review
Publishers Weekly review
School Library Journal review
Review on Chu Reads blog

Age group: 3-5 years, via Amazon
Available on: Kindle | Overdrive | Nook | Google Play | iBooks

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney

In the 10th volume of the highly popular Wimpy Kid series, Greg’s town decides to “unplug,” to encourage the younger generation to experience life without electronics.

The Buzz:

“Most anticipated,”Publishers Weekly
#1 in hot new releases//children’s books on Amazon (Nov 2015)

Age group: 8+, via Amazon
Available on: Kindle | Overdrive | Nook | Google Play | iBooks

The Day The Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers 

The highly-anticipated sequel of bestseller The Day the Crayons Quit. This chapter in the saga of Duncan’s crayons tells of their silly adventures via postcards.

The Buzz:

“Most anticipated,” Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal review
The Washington Post review
Review by The Classroom Bookshelf blog

Age group: 5-8 years, via Amazon
Available on: Kindle | Overdrive | Nook | Google Play | iBooks

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Five toys sit on a windowsill, dreaming and waiting patiently for something wonderful to happen.

The Buzz:

“Most anticipated,” Bookish

New York Times review

NPR review

Publishers Weekly review

Age group: 0-5

Available on: Kindle | Nook | Google Play | iBooks

Lizard from the Park by Mark Pett

Leonard cares for an egg he found in Central Park, and gets more than he expected – a lizard named Buster who won’t stop growing. Soon Buster is too large to live with Leonard’s family, and Leonard finds a creative way to set him free.

The Buzz:
“Most anticipated,”
Bookish Publishers Weekly review
Deseret News review

Age group: 4-8 years, via Amazon

Available on: Kindle | Overdrive | Nook | Google Play | iBooks