The Best New Kids Books of November 2019

Whether you’re looking for a bedtime story or a weekend read, these books that are hot off the presses in November are our top choices for the best in children’s book publishing this month.

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Cakes for Kids: 40 Easy Recipes That Will Wow!

Gibbs Smith

Paris-based baker, food artist and cookbook author Juliette Lalbaltry's latest book starts with teaching kids (and their grown-ups) four basic cake recipes (lemon, yogurt, chocolate and rolled sponge).  From these four bases she offers dozens of ideas for clever, totally doable decorations that will guarantee you'll never need to order another party cake. 

Ages: All Ages 

Find it here. $16.99

Board Books

Bathtime Mathtime Shapes

Random House Children's Books

You can count on New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar to make bathtime a sneaky mathtime, but even if your toddler's hip to the shape and number storyline, the simple rhymes and familiar setting make learning shapes a breeze. 

Ages: 3 & under

Buy it here for $8.99.

I Love You, Elephant!

Part of the Changing Faces series, this new book by Carles Ballesteros helps toddlers learn cause and effect. As they turn each page, each animal's face changes thanks to the magical Venetian blind element built into the book. Not only will the interactive experience tickle your tot, but we love the special message at the end.

Ages: up to three years old

Available on for $7.99

Mr. Boddington's Studio: San Francisco ABCs

Penguin Random House

This new series from Mr. Boddington's Studio—a vibrant stationary store in Brooklyn—now includes San Francisco (the first one was NYC ABCs, released in May of this year). We love this clever way to teach kids the alphabet and explore a city in an off-the-beaten path way. 

Ages: 3-5

Find yours here. $9.99

Bear Is Awake

This charming ABC book follows a bear who wakes up in the middle of winter. Meeting friends, getting into jams, trying to figure out exactly what a bear should be doing if not hibernating, this alphabet book will not only help young readers learn their letters but also illustrates a lovely story of friendship between the bear and a young girl. 

Ages: 3-5

Order it here, $17.99 (Available Nov, 26th) 

Cinderella Rex

Andrews McMeel

The classic fairy tale Cinderella with a cast of dino characters, including the Fairy Triceratops and a not-so-nice stompmother. Written by Christy Webster with bright, cheerful illustrations by Holly Hatam. 

Ages: 2-4

Find your copy here. $8.99


Preschool & Early Elementary

What Color Is Night?

Chronicle Books

In this debut picture book by author Grant Snider, readers explore the shapes and colors of nighttime from an entirely new—and delightful—perspective. A comforting bedtime story, the narrator takes children on a friendly exploration of the colors of the night, from a glowing moon to the bright lights of a big city. 

Ages: 6 & under

Buy it here, $15.99.

Lily Huckleberry in Japan

The world-traveling Lily Huckleberry is back and this time she's heading to Japan for the Cherry Blossom season. These exquisitely crafted, beautifully illustrated books make an excellent gift for the adventurer in your life. Hardcover and comes with Japan patch. By Audrey Smit and Jackie Knapp, combines beautiful illustrations with the magic of travel.

Ages: 5-8

Find it here. $22.50

Wild Honey from the Moon


How far will one mother shrew go just to help her sick son? She'll go to the moon, and back. This beautifully illustrated book by amazingly self-taught author/illustrator Kenneth Kraegel is as touching and moving as it is visually pleasing. 

Ages: 4-8

Find it now, $17.99 

August the Tiger

Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.

Meet August. He's wild, just like his mother says he is. So when he turns into an actual tiger one day, he gets to do everything he pleases, with no one trying to tame him. Things come up roses, until he realizes that wild tigers might not make the best friends with the playground set. A sweet book that explores the wildness in all children, your own little tiger will love it for the thrill of imagining "what if?" 

Ages: 4-8

Find it now, $17.95

Incredible Lego Creations From Space

Page Street Publishing

If your favorite brick enthusiast loves all things astronomy related, this book by Sarah Dees is a must have. You don't need to buy more Legos to use this book; these creative configurations make use of bricks you already own. Simply follow the concise,  step-by-step instructions to create a galactic new world. 

Ages: 6-12

Purchase on for  $16.99

Greta and the Giants


Written in allegory form by Zoë Tucker with gorgeous illustrations by Zoe Persico, this picture book retells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg and her global movement to raise awareness about the climate crisis. Greta lives in a beautiful forest, threatened by Giants who chop down trees to make their homes. Then they chop down more trees, to make bigger houses, leaving little forest left. But Greta has an idea...

Includes a back section that helps kids learn how they can help Greta in her fight. Printed sustainably on 100% recycled paper. 

Ages: 4-7 

Get it here $17.99 (Available Nov. 19)

The ABCs of Metallica


Kids will learn the history of one of America's most celebrated band from A to Z in this gorgeously illustrated book. Young fans and adults will enjoy this fantastic journey of Metallica and with each purcase a portion of the proceeds will benefit Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation, "which is dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services."

Find it here, $13.29. (Available Nov. 26)

Sisters First

Little Brown Books

Sisters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush release this celebrated book on the power of sisters. Beautifully illustrated, readers will follow the story of two girls who learn that through sisterhood, they are braver and more kind than they are alone.

Find it here, $12.28.

Ralph's Christmas Quest

Yaupon Holly Tea LLC

Written by award-winning author SJ Murray and illustrated with original watercolors by artist Emma Schmidt, Ralph's Christmas Quest is a sweet holiday tale. Follow Ralph as he goes on a search for his long-lost favorite button and how he finds that friends are much more meaningful than material possessions. 

Find it here, $23.95

Chapter Books

Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice

Becoming RBG is a women's history book for kids
Simon & Schuster

This graphic novel will enlighten tween, teen and grown-up alike with the story of how RBG grew from a shy little girl to the Supreme Court. Written by NY Times bestselling author Debbie Levy, and illustrated by Whitney Gardner (Fake Blood).

Ages: 10 and up

Find your copy here, $12.99

Greta's Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet

Simon & Schuster

This chapter-book chronicles the incredibly timely and motivating true story of young Greta Thunberg and the global movement she has inspired. This young-readers' (unofficial) biography educates adults too on the eco-activist and what we can all do to help save the planet. Written by Italian writer Valentina Camerini and translated and illustrated by Morena Givannoni.

Ages: 8-12

Order here, $17.99

Kassy O'Roarke, Cub Reporter

The adventures never end with 12-year-old Kassy O'Roarke, a wonderful character who is smart, thoughtful, clever and has real feelings that kids can relate to. Kassy is the class reporter and an investigator, and in this story she's trying to solve the case of a missing cougar cub. Written by bestselling author Kelly Oliver. 

Ages: 8-12

Order yours today, $11.95




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