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By Sabrina Lee

The holiday break is the perfect time to cozy up under the blanket with a good book. If you’re looking for some new books for your kids to read during the holiday break, you’re in luck! We have compiled a list of some of the best books from this year to help your child pass the time. This list includes books for a range of reading levels — from pre-school picture books to middle school chapter books.

We have included a diverse selection of stories — biographies, superheroes, fantasy — and you will undoubtedly find a perfect one for your kiddo! We’re also really loving this year’s reads about diversity and inclusion with important messages for any child, so we made sure to include some of the best on our list. Take a look at our list and find your child’s next favorite book!

Looking for other ways the kids can spend the holiday break? Check out the Best Winter Sports for Kids in 2020!

Books for Kids to Read During the Holiday Break

Magnificent Homespun Brown by Samara Cole Doyon, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

Early Readers (Grades P-1)

We just love this book of poems that celebrates the identity of young brown girls coupled with beautiful illustrations. Author Samara Cole Doyon gives us an empowering story of a young girl admiring the many different browns in the environment as she embraces the uniqueness of her own identity. The novel is truly a celebration of diversity represented in both the poetry and illustrations.

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade

Early Readers (Grades P-1)

Looking to teach your kids about protecting the environment? This call-to-action narrative inspired by Indigenous-led movements urges the readers to protect the Earth’s water in the face of environmental destruction. The powerful message is paired with detailed watercolor illustrations and has the power to inspire your young reader.

You Matter by Christian Robinson 

Early Readers (Grades P-3)

This New York Times Bestseller brings together many different perspectives of people all over the world and reminds us that everyone matters. The illustrations will captivate any young reader and show them the world in a new way. From astronauts to pets, we are shown many different points-of-view all approached from a place of empathy. This book is a must-read and will definitely bring a smile to your kid’s face!

My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki 

Early Readers (Grades P-3)

My Best Friend is told from a child’s perspective who meets a new friend at a park. This sweet story shares the joy of becoming fast friends with someone as a child. Julie Foliano’s prose is paired with Jillian Tamaki’s soft illustrations. This is a great winter read for younger children that celebrates friendship!

Fauji Singh Keeps Going by Simran Jeet Singh, illustrated by Baljinder Kaur 

Early Readers (Grades P-3)

Fauji Singh broke world records and became the first 100-year-old to run a marathon. This true story shares how Fauji was able to overcome many challenges and obstacles in his journey. At age 81, Fauji decides to run his first marathon and then goes on to break world records. The illustrations bring us into the incredible world of Fauji and reinforce the inspiring message of hard work of determination in Fauji’s true story.

For the full list of kids’ books, visit NewYorkFamily.com.

This story first appeared on NewYorkFamily.com.

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