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Holiday High Notes 2022

Sleigh bells ring. People pleading for some gifts made for reading. They’re new and they’re old and festively told: stories for a winter wonderland.* Here’s our annual list of recommended illustrated holiday books, new or reissued — season’s greetings from the Horn Book staff! *with apologies to lyricist Jeremy Stuart...

Review of Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story

Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, and Alexis Bunten; illus. by Garry Meeches Sr. Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-62354-290-0    $16.99 “Many Americans call it a day of thanksgiving. Many of our people call it a day of mourning.” A team of Native creators provides...

Review of Hanukkah Nights

Hanukkah Nights by Amalia Hoffman; illus. by the author Preschool    Kar-Ben    24 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-7284-2883-3    $8.99 e-book ed.  978-1-7284-6921-8    $7.99 “1 light. / Special night. / 2 lights. / Happy nights.” A soothingly simple text guides young listeners through the nights and lights of Hanukkah in this...

Review of Mendel’s Hanukkah Mess Up

Mendel’s Hanukkah Mess Up by Chana Stiefel and Larry Stiefel; illus. by Daphna Awadish Primary    Kalaniot/Endless Mountains    32 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-7350875-7-3    $19.99 Mendel loves Hanukkah but is prone to, and known for, making mistakes. He over-onions the latkes, for example, and uses sparklers in place...

Review of The Perfect Tree

The Perfect Tree by Corinne Demas; illus. by ­ Penelope Dullaghan Preschool, Primary    Cameron/Abrams    32 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-951836-42-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-647007-95-9    $15.54 It’s the day before Christmas, and Bunny is searching for the perfect tree, one that is just her size. Along the way...

Review of When Santa Came to Stay

When Santa Came to Stay by Billy Sharff; illus. by Eda Kaban Primary    Dial    40 pp.   g 10/22    978-0-593-32523-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-32524-7    $10.99 “Each meal was full of Christmas cheer, / With treats and sweets to spare.” What happens when Santa returns to one family’s house on New...

Review of Twinkle, Twinkle, Winter Night

Twinkle, Twinkle, Winter Night by Megan Litwin; illus. by Nneka Myers Preschool, Primary    Clarion/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-358-57204-6    $18.99 A gentle text inspired by “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” notes the qualities of a winter evening. From the peaceful snow-covered woods, to a decorated town, to...

Review of Randy, the Badly Drawn Reindeer

Randy, the Badly Drawn Reindeer by T. L. McBeth ; illus. by the author Primary    Godwin/Holt    40 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-250-26384-1    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-90590-1    $10.99 Back in his third book, (not-so-­badly-drawn) horse Randy dreams of flying with Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve, “But alas, I’m just a beautiful...

Review of Eight Nights, Eight Lights

Eight Nights, Eight Lights by Natalie Barnes; illus. by Andrea Stegmaier Preschool, Primary    Kane Miller    32 pp.    g 12/22    978-1-68464-441-4    $14.99 As the families in one city neighborhood celebrate Chanukah, readers get a night-by-night glimpse into their homes and practices. Young Max, his grandparents, and his...
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