When the Weather Gets Frightful, a Good Book Can Be So Delightful!

Celebrate the joy of reading this holiday season, with wonderfully charming picture books by Abrams for young readers — and those young at heart.

La Noche Buena, A Christmas Story
Written by Antonio Sacre
Illustrated by Angela Dominguez

Who doesn’t love the winter holidays?  They are a time for special get-togethers with family and friends — and great food.  But when a person comes from a multicultural family, the holidays become even more important because it’s a melting pot of experiences, languages, new family traditions, and faith-based rituals passed on to new generations from the previous.  And in the new picture book LA NOCHE BUENA young readers are introduced to or get to reconnect with, the Spanish Christmas Eve holiday Buena Noche, which is as lively in festivities as it is rich with meaning.

Containing some beginner’s Spanish vocabulary, and a glossary of Spanish words, LA NOCHE BUENA is the perfect gift book for young readers learning Spanish or those interested in the culture.  It also offers educators a wonderful way to discuss topics like blended families, connecting with one’s ethnicity, and celebrating diversity in a festive, entertaining, easily accessible way.

10 Little Penguins
Written by Jean-Luc Fromental
Illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet

A pop-up book from the bestselling creators of 365 Penguins.  The beloved penguins are back…or are they?  In 10 LITTLE PENGUINS the fun-loving penguins return for more wintery adventures, but this time readers also get to be a part of the action as they count down from ten to zero with an interactive element and pop-up number on each page.

Using various flaps and tabs embedded in the book to help facilitate the story, readers watch penguins playfully disappear, and reappear, one-by-one as they outsmart whales and fishing boats, withstand ice-storms, tumble through ice, and even suffer a tummy ache after eating too much krill.  But does this mean the end of the little penguins once there are none?

10 LITTLE PENGUINS is not only a terrific read for the winter season, but an innovative tool for parents and teachers to introduce the slightly more sophisticated concept of subtraction, while learning to memorize numbers in a fun and quirky way.

Goldilocks and The Three Bears: A Tale Moderne
Retold and Illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia

Goldilocks and The Three Bears is a timeless story that children love for its curious heroine, highly climatic narrative, and easy-to-understand moral.  But in a new retelling of the beloved fable, by acclaimed illustrator Steven Guarnaccia, readers are treated to a modern, sophisticated family of bears that will not only teach young readers about the importance of privacy, but design aesthetics as well.

A classic read, for a contemporary audience, GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS: A TALE MODERNE not only offers a great story for at home or school, but invites young readers to discover and appreciate home décor in subtle new ways.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I wrote this feature on behalf of Abrams Publishing and was supplied with samples and information through them, the review and opinions are my own.

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