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On the Shelf: Snuggle up with your children with these inspiring stories

November is a wonderful month to snuggle up for a story. Try one that celebrates a holiday outside of your family’s tradition or explore creativity in a new way. This roundup of books is bound to help you get started. 

“Claris The Chicest Mouse in Paris: Holiday Heist” by Megan Hess (Hardie Grant, ages 3 – 8) 

Parents – especially fashionistas – will smile through this Grinch-like rhyming tale of Claris and her fashionable escapade to teach a lesson in caring. It’s a different kind of Christmas story, but lots of fun. 

“The Littlest Candle: A Hanukkah Story” by Rabbis Kerry Olitzky and Jesse Olitzky, illustrated by Jen Kostman (Kalaniot Books, ages 4 – 11)

This sweet story tells the basics of Hanukkah interwoven with a lovely tale of friendship and caring. Sometimes the smallest flame can light the way. This book is one that can become a holiday tradition. 

“Our Favorite Day of the Year” by A.E. Ali, illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell (Simon & Schuster Salaam Reads, ages 4 – 8)

Join in as a group of kindergarteners show us the way. They share their traditions and their favorite day of the year, learning about each other and growing in friendship as they celebrate the diversity of their class. This is a delightful book for a class read-aloud or for a holiday story time. 

“How to Spot an Artist” by Danielle Krysa (Prestel, ages 5 and older) 

This most unique book is a must for young artists who need a little encouragement to get messy, explore their creativity and embrace who they are. Artists express themselves creatively because they must – it’s in their DNA. And that’s a wonderful thing to celebrate. This book would make a lovely gift paired with some favorite art supplies. 

“The Magic Doll: A Children’s Book Inspired by African Art” by Adrienne Yabouza, illustrated by Élodie Nouhen (Prestel, ages 4 and older)

Beautifully illustrated and richly told, this story of Akua’ba the Ashanti Doll immerses parents and children in the world of a carved fertility doll, a universal story that will delight soon-to-be big brothers and sisters