The 4 New Kids Books Parents Are Going to Be Talking About This Season

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Shorter days and crisp fall air make for cozy storytime sessions. Grab your mini-me to snuggle up under your favorite blanket and a new book. We found four fresh reads for every age and interest. Bonus: they all make great holiday gifts to boot! Scroll down for the scoop.

"Santa Bruce" written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

Bruce the Bear is back at the center of another clever and funny storyline in which he is mistaken for Santa Claus! All of the forest critters line up to give Bruce their Christmas wishes. What will Bruce do to clear up this mistaken identity?!

Written and illustrated by New York Times best-seller, Ryan T. Higgins, this untraditional holiday story is so funny and endearing it’ll be a favorite year-round.

You’ll especially love this book if…you’ve followed along on Bruce’s other adventures. Higgins’s new Bruce tale is just as delightful and engaging as the others in this popular series.

Best for ages: four years old and up

Buy it at for $16.19

"Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy" written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Scott Campbell

Roderick just doesn’t like going to bed. Uh, sound familiar? In this twist on a classic bedtime story written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Scott Campbell, the tables are turned on Roderick when he gets a talkative stuffed animal who ends up being just a bit high maintenance. Find out how Roderick handles his new buddy, Sleepy—who doesn’t seem to be living up to his name!

You’ll especially love this book if…you have a kiddo who fights bedtime.

Best for ages: four years old and up

Buy it at for $15.29

"Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker Incognito" written and illustrated by Shelley Johannes

If your little book worm is starting to branch out and read on her own, you’ll want to snag the newest book in the Beatrice Zinker series titled Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker Incognito. Written and illustrated by Shelley Johannes, this storyline follows the quirky and lovable Beatrice as she embarks on her top-secret plan, Operation Upside. The book is full of art-text interaction, which makes this early chapter book ideal for newly independent readers.

You’ll especially love this book if…you’re a fan of the Judy Moody and Ivy + Bean series.

Best for ages: seven years old and up

Buy it at for $14.99

"The Storm Runner" written by J.C. Cervantes

The Storm Runner written by J.C. Cervantes is a modern-day adventure based on Maya mythology from Rick Riordan Presents! The story follows Zane as he explores the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico with his dog, Rosie. What Zane doesn’t realize is that the volcano is a gateway to another mysterious world. Discover what happens to Zane as he becomes the storm runner in a wild, enthralling and enchanting tale.

You’ll especially love this book if…your kiddo is onto chapter books and is looking for a fast-paced and mysterious read.

Best for ages: eight years old and up

Buy it at for $11.72

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Written by Erin Lem; cover art courtesy of Disney Books



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