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Unicorns, traditions, hopes and dreams, and a little wisdom make up December's On the Shelf

“Unicorns Are the Worst!” by Alex Willan (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ages 4 – 8)

We can all relate a bit to the goblins since we’ve had the year of quarantine. We might be a tad set in our ways and maybe even a little grumpy. What we need is a dose of glitter and tea parties, courtesy of the new unicorn neighbors. This delightful book is beautifully illustrated and as a bonus, has some rich vocabulary for young readers.

The “Oliver the Ornament” series by Todd Zimmerman, illustrated by Kyle Hernandez (Oliver & Friends)

The “Oliver the Ornament” series tells the individual stories of a tree’s worth of ornaments – a fun way to spend story time throughout the holiday season. Kids will look forward to making these books part of the Christmas tradition. Oliver’s tale is available with a keepsake ornament for your own tree.

“Clouds: Life’s Big and Little Moments” by Angie and Alli Simpson, illustrated by Lucy Fleming (Aladdin, ages 4 – 8)

Based on the lullaby by Cody Simpson, this mother-daughter tale is a sweet bedtime story for families to share, illustrating the dreams and hopes all parents have as they watch their babies grow. 

“Heidi Heckelbeck for Class President” by Wanda Coven, illustrated by Priscilla Burris (Little Simon, ages 5 – 9)

Sick of election news? How about one more story? This is book 30 in the Heidi Heckelbeck series and it has some wisdom to share with young readers. (Brief, illustrated chapters make this perfect for building reader confidence, too.)

“Leaders have an open mind, listening ears, and thoughts that are kind. To listen is a leader’s choice. When you do, you’ll find your voice.” Coming next for our hero, “Heidi Heckelbeck and the Hair Emergency!”