Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Holiday Books for Young Readers #HolidayGiftGuide #Spon

**Complimentary products received in exchange for out honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone.  All synopsis were provided for this post**

Here is a roundup of some of our favorite new books.  These deal with a variety of topics that kiddos have to deal with including grief and bullying and would make great gifts for young readers this holidays!


My Yellow Balloon Ages 4-9, Oct 2014, Minoan Moon Publishing, $18.99, www.myyellowballoon.com
With illustrations by former DreamWorks “Shrek” artist, this already award-winning hardcover book follows a little boy who loses his best friend: a bright yellow balloon. It gives kids courage to experience loss (from a move or a new school to a lost pet or family member) and a language for understanding change. Just like Oh, The Places You’ll Go! is the book for graduation, My Yellow Balloon is for anyone in tough times.


This is the Greatest Place! Ages 5-9, Oct 2014, China Institute/ Tuttle Publishing, $12.95, www.walfc.org 
Created by internationally renowned children’s book artists, this book teaches uses one of the world's most fascinating landmarks, Beijing’s Forbidden City, to show young readers how nature’s influence can be seen around us, and how people and animals can live together in harmony. Features a gatefold spread and lift-flaps.


In the Forbidden City Ages 9+, Oct 2014, China Institute/ Tuttle Publishing, $19.95, www.walfc.org 
Similar to David Macaulay’s Castle, highly detailed line drawings convey the grandeur of Beijing’s Forbidden City buildings, gardens, and courtyards. This large format impressive book is part of We All Live in the Forbidden City, a dynamic educational program by China Institute about the history, culture, architecture, and life of imperial China as seen through the lens of the Forbidden City. 


 The Principle Gang series Ages 4-11, The Dugi Group, $14.95 each, www.theprinciplegang.com
Book 1: Don’t Judge a Lizard by His Scales (Aug 2014)
Book 2: Wizard Lizard Rides the Subway (Oct 2014)
There are No Bullies Allowed in The Principle Gang, a new 6-book series that teaches three important anti-bullying lessons: 1) Don’t be mean, 2) Tell your teacher, and 3) Be a friend. Questions at the end of each book encourage kids, parents and caregivers to engage in thought-provoking conversations about family, friendship, community and fairness. 


What we thought:
The kiddos really enjoy each of these books.  The books about the Forbidden City will be great resources for our unit study of China.  They are extremely detailed, but written in a kid-friendly format with lots of easy-to-read graphics.

If you are gifting books to young readers, you should definitely check these out!


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