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The Best Children’s and YA Books of December

by the Brightly Editors

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There’s no better winter activity than snuggling up in a blanket with a warm drink and a book. Whether you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift or something for your kid to read over the winter break, you’ll find plenty of excellent ideas on this list. Here are the best and brightest books for children and teens this publishing month.

  • Chapter Books & Middle Grade

  • She Persisted: Rosalind Franklin

    by Kimberly Brubaker and Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint

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    Kids who like biology will love this informative chapter book biography about Rosalind Franklin. Readers will learn about this fascinating woman, her childhood, how she became a scientist, and her contributions to the study of DNA. With black and white illustrations throughout, this 80-page biography is a must-read for science-loving kids.

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  • Who Was Alex Trebek?

    by Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso, and Who HQ, illustrated by Ted Hammond

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    Most people know Alex Trebek as the host of Jeopardy! But Alex didn’t always work for the popular quiz game show. Young (and young-at-heart) readers can learn about this beloved TV personality, from his childhood to his first radio job and eventually hosting one of America’s favorite television shows.

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  • The Famously Funny Parrott

    by Eric Daniel Weiner, illustrated by Brian Biggs

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    Buckle in because you’re about to go on a fun-filled escapade with best friends Freddy and Piccary! This book contains four hilarious short stories featuring the dynamic duo and their misadventures in Freddy’s fancy convertible. The rib-tickling humor and vintage-looking illustrations will appeal to kids and parents who loved The Wind in the Willows.

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  • Matchmaker #3

    by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Wayne Spencer

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    Get out your lab coat and beakers and join your favorite science-loving kid for Valentine’s Day in the third installment of this highly illustrated chapter book series. Miles and his friend Jada invite their grandparents to help with a science project and notice everything they have in common. Could it be love?

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  • Pencilmation: The Graphite Novel

    by Ross Bollinger

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    Is your kid obsessed with the animated YouTube series, Pencilmation? Now, kids have a screen-free option for hanging out with their favorite doodles. This graphic novel delivers all the laughs and fun they love about the show directly to the page. Kids will read this one on repeat!

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