Reader's Roundup: Fall and Holiday Releases

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Looking for an age-appropriate new read for you children? In our “Reader’s Roundup,” we compile synopses of all the latest releases, with reviews, release dates, and buying information. Read on to find your kids’ next favorite book.

A Celebration of Beatrix Potter

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of her birth, 32 of today’s favorite children’s book illustrators reimagine characters from her most-beloved tales.  Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $25.

Before you Sleep, by Benji Bennett. Illustrations by Roxanne Burchartz.

With 11 different vibrant scenes, each starting with “I love you much more than…,” this story helps parents express their love for their children before they go to sleep. Proceeds benefit Paul Newman’s Barretstown Children’s Charity, aimed at improving the quality of life for children with serious illnesses. Adam’s Printing Press. Hardcover, $16.95.  

Originally a stop-motion animated TV show in the U.K., the Clangers, who reside on the far side of the galaxy, star in this bedtime story, narrated by Star Trek’s original Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner. Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover with audio CD, $18.99.

The Playful Little Dog, by Jean Horton Berg. Illustrations by Maurice Robertson.

The latest in the publisher’s retro-chic series, G+D Vintage, the story of Archie, the Boston terrier, and his new pal, the big dog next door.  Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $7.99.

Author/illustrator Patricia Polacco tells her own grandmother’s heartwarming and true story of a love of books and reading that helps bring a community together.  Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers, $16.99.

The Lost House, by B.B. Cronin

A colorful seek and find book with intricate designs, tells the story of two grandchildren trying to get their forgetful grandpa out the door and to the playground. Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $18.99.

Beautiful illustrations with sparse text about a boy on a journey to find a new home.  Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers. $17.99.

Train: A Journey through the Pages Book, by Mike Vago. Illustrations by Matt Rockefeller

A unique reading experience where a toy train rides a track across each page. Workman Publishing Company. Hardcover with toy train, $22.95.

Inspired by the congressman’s recollections, the picture book recounts the civil rights leader’s childhood.  Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $18.99.

The Hat, by Jan Brett

Reissued as an oversized board book, Hedgie the hedgehog starts a trend with his unusual hat. G. P Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. Hardcover, $15.99

Baking Day at Grandma's by Anika Denise. Illustrations by Christopher Denise.

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Happy New Year, Spot, by Eric Hill.

Spot and his friends make wishes for the New Year. Also available, Spot’s Thanksgiving and Spot’s Christmas. Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $6.99.

The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present, by Harriet Muncaster.

Clementine is a teeny-tiny girl who lives with her regular-sized family, so her presents from Santa are always too big, until Santa finds just the right present for her. Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $16.99.

Maple & Willow’s Christmas Tree, by Lori Nichols

Maple and Willow are sure it will be the best Christmas yet because they are getting their first real Christmas tree. But Maple’s allergies mean Willow has to come up with another perfect tree. Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $16.99.

An Otis Christmas, by Loren Long.

Madeline’s Christmas, by Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline’s classic Christmas adventure, now available in board book format. Viking Penguin Young Readers Group. Hardcover, $9.99.

Hannah Greyweather, who lives alone in the woods, finds a black boot in the forest, and then receives a visit and a gift from its owner. Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $17.99.

The Great Spruce, by John Duvall. Illustrations by Rebecca Gibbon.

Alec’s grandfather planted a tree that has now grown to a great height and attracts the attention of the city officials, who want it for their Christmas celebrations. But Alec teaches them how to borrow the tree by transplanting it and returning it to their beloved home. The book contains instructions on transplanting a tree, and the author is a tree-care consultant. Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $17.99.

Illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Francher.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Keats, the rhyming text tells the story of his life and the impact of his book, a simple story of a young boy in a now-iconic red snowsuit exploring the urban landscape. Penguin Random House Penguin Young Readers. Hardcover, $18.99.