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Pre-K

Holiday Book Gifts: Ages 3 – 5

by Rosemary D'Urso

holiday gift guide pre-k
Illustrations: Penelope Dullaghan

This holiday season, give children a gift that ignites their imagination, makes them laugh out loud, or teaches them something new with the best present of all: a book! In this gift guide, you will find an array of stories that children won’t be able to resist. From beautifully illustrated treasures to giggle-inducing tales, there is a book for everyone.

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  • Attack of the Underwear Dragon

    by Scott Rothman, illustrated by Pete Oswald

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    When Cole’s wish of becoming an assistant to his favorite knight comes true, he must use all of his training to face the dreaded Underwear Dragon! Saying the word “underwear” always makes children laugh, so you know a book with a giant dragon sporting briefs is going to be a huge hit. Expect requests for multiple readings of this humorous tale!

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  • I Am Every Good Thing

    by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

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    The dynamic team that created the award-winning story Crown has crafted another empowering, beautifully illustrated book that teaches children to love themselves. The reassuring text begs to be read aloud and is skillfully highlighted by the expressive pictures. This exceptional story will stay with readers long after closing the cover of the book.

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  • Where Do Diggers Celebrate Christmas?

    by Brianna Caplan Sayres, illustrated by Christian Slade

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    Little truck lovers will revel in the holiday edition of the popular Where Do… series series featuring a variety of construction trucks. Readers will recognize many of their own traditions as the playful rhymes and lively pictures capture diggers, mixers, and cranes choosing a Christmas tree, sipping eggnog, and singing carols.

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  • Who Will You Be?

    by Andrea Pippins

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    This lyrical #OwnVoices story uses poignant language with bold illustrations to create a beautiful love letter to children. The upbeat tone combined with affirmative words results in a powerful story that will build children’s confidence and reassure them that they are loved.

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  • Bedtime Bonnet

    by Nancy Redd, illustrated by Nneka Myers

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    A young girl lovingly shares her family’s nighttime hair routine in this inviting bedtime story. Her brother twists his locs, her grandma places a kerchief over her rollers, and her dad covers his waves with a cap. Her nightly ritual includes putting on a bonnet to prevent tangles, but the essential hat is missing. In a comical twist, the bonnet is found with amusing results. Many children will relate to this sweet ode to family, while others will relish in learning about a new bedtime custom.

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  • Antiracist Baby Picture Book

    by Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

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    This New York Times bestseller presents nine steps readers can follow to help create a more unbiased society. Colorful illustrations fill the pages while the thoughtful text empowers readers to pause and think through the important points presented. A note to caregivers includes several discussion prompts to create a meaningful conversation with children about race and what we can do to create a better world.

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  • The Paper Kingdom

    by Helena Ku Rhee, illustrated by Pascal Campion

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    When two night-janitors bring their son to work with them, they transform a potentially dull evening into an enchanting adventure full of imagination. With its breathtaking artwork and magical storyline that includes admirable characters, this mesmerizing book is truly special.

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  • The Yawns Are Coming!

    by Christopher Eliopoulos

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    This entertaining bedtime story may not lull children into sleepiness, but it will cause them to giggle and ask for repeated readings! When two best friends plan to stay up all night during a sleepover, they must avoid the dreaded yawns. Personified as small blue creatures, the Yawns pursue the boys through a comical chase ending with two snoring friends who find escape from sleep futile. With eye-catching artwork and an attention-grabbing storyline, children are not going to want to miss this amusing tale.

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  • Wild Symphony

    by Dan Brown, illustrated by Susan Batori

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    Join Maestro Mouse as he tours the world with his musical friends. Children will delight in 20 short poems presented by each animal. Life lessons are entwined in the rhyming words, and a free interactive app allows readers to listen to the accompanying music. New York Times-bestselling author Dan Brown weaves in his love of puzzles, challenging children to solve a secret code while also searching for a hidden bee on each page. With its engaging artwork, poetry, and activities, this standout book appeals to a variety of age groups.

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  • The Seed of Compassion

    by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, illustrated by Bao Luu

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    Before he became one of the world’s most admired leaders, the Dalai Lama was a boy named Lhamo Thondup. In his first-ever picture book, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate shares anecdotes from his childhood, demonstrating how we can show kindness in our everyday lives. His universal message of love and compassion shines through the pages, inspiring readers to be their best selves.

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  • Elbow Grease: Fast Friends

    by John Cena, illustrated by Howard McWilliam

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    When a hot-shot motorcycle outshines Elbow Grease and his fellow monster trucks, they must overcome their jealousy to work together as a team. Perfect for little truck enthusiasts, this vehicle-themed friendship story is a roaring good time!

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  • Boys Dance! (American Ballet Theatre)

    by John Robert Allman, illustrated by Luciano Lozano

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    This lovely celebration of dance showcases a diverse group of boys who study the art of ballet. From jetés to pliés, the talented boys leap their way across the stage, demonstrating the skill and strength it takes to be a dancer. Quotes from professional male dancers are included in the afterword to further encourage readers.

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  • My Little Box of Emotions

    by DK

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    This colorful collection of board books gives children the tools to name their feelings and helps them work through their big emotions. The five-book set includes an introduction to feelings and stories focusing on happiness, sadness, anger, and pride.
    (On Sale: 10/27/20)

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  • Llama Llama Loose Tooth Drama

    by Anna Dewdney, illustrated by JT Morrow

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    This sweet new installment in the bestselling Llama Llama series captures the anticipation of a child’s first loose tooth. When little Llama’s tooth begins to wiggle, he learns about the tooth fairy from his mother. He can’t wait to place his tooth under his pillow, but when his loose tooth becomes lost, he fears the tooth fairy won’t come. The gentle rhymes of this charming book will both comfort and excite little readers for this important milestone.
    (On Sale: 11/17/20)

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  • The Square Root of Possible: A Jingle Jangle Story

    by Lyn Sisson-Talbert and David E. Talbert

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    Inspired by the upcoming Netflix film, Jingle Jangle, this whimsical story follows a clever young girl who invents a magical toy to save her grandfather’s struggling toy shop. Full of adventure, heart, and wonder, this new holiday tale is sure to be a hit.
    (On Sale: 12/1/20)

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