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10 Books for Learning and Family Fun

Give the gift of reading this season with children’s stories about leadership, imagination, faith, grief, fighting for justice and other inspiring stories.

Learn some great recipes for your picky eater with a guide for Mom and Dad, too!

"DinoDogz: Eggzellent Adventure”by Mike McHale
“DinoDogz: Eggzellent Adventure”by Mike McHale

“DinoDogz: Eggzellent Adventure” by Mike McHale

The DinoDogz, which are half dog, half dinosaur, go on a rescue mission to save five StegoPup eggs from Dr. D. Story and save the world. This series is best for kids ages 5 and older but can be read to younger children and be just as captivating. Children of all ages can enjoy brilliant illustrations of the pups as they transform and embrace their dino-features! dinodogz.com

“Journey to Justice” by Tanni Haas

This futuristic tale is full of suspense! Set in a post-global-warming world, follow Spider and Ruby on their journey to rescue Luke, Spider’s 12-year-old twin brother. Luke is imprisoned for trying to organize an uprising against The Chosen, a ruling elite content with their life of luxury on an artificial island. Perfect for children ages 9 to 18. tailorandseal.com

“Missing Violet” by Kelly Swemba

Best friends Violet and Mia were inseparable, until one day Violet got sick and didn’t get better. This book follows Mia’s journey through the stages of grief and remembering what she loved most about Violet. This book is for children ages 5 to 8 years old. Available beginning Jan. 31, 2023. beamingbooks.com

“Missing Violet” by Kelly Swemba
“Missing Violet” by Kelly Swemba

“Running for Shelter: A True Story” by Suzette Sheft

Suzette Sheft, 16, grew up hearing stories of her grandmother’s life during the Holocaust. In the face of today’s rising antisemitism and xenophobia, Sheft wrote this book to share her grandmother Igne Eisenger’s story with the world, especially people her own age. This book is best for ages 12 to 18. amsterdampublishers.com

“On Your Way!” by Mike Purewal

Follow along with this magical tale crafted by loving father Mike Purewal. This colorfully illustrated book follows the main character, Purewal’s daughter Bianca, through tackling obstacles like anger, worry and fear as she journeys through space with rainbow trees, rocket ships and stars galore! Teach your child to overcome with this touching and rhythmic storytelling experience. olympiapublishers.com

“On Your Way!” by Mike Purewal
“On Your Way!” by Mike Purewal

“Sterling and Nugget the Dragon” by Judd B. Shaw

Sterling, a brave young boy, has dreamt of becoming a knight for as long as he can remember. In true knightly fashion, he sets out to slay the dragon! But Sterling’s quest is upset by a unique choice. To fight? Or to help? This story encourages growth for children’s emotional and social development. It is meant for children between ages 3 and 6. morgan-james-publishing.com

“Eating Together, Being Together: Recipes, Activities, and Advice from a Chef Dad and Psychologist Mom” by Julian Clauss-Ehlers and Dr. Caroline Clauss-Ehlers

This book contains more than 80 recipes in addition to essays, tips and activities for building healthy family relationships and delicious meals. This book was written to get kids involved in their food choices to help resolve picky eating, turn meal times into meaningful bonding experiences that relieve stress and grow your child’s conversational skillset. papress.com

“Eating Together, Being Together: Recipes, Activities, and Advice from a Chef Dad and Psychologist Mom” by Julian Clauss-Ehlers and Dr. Caroline Clauss-Ehlers
“Eating Together, Being Together: Recipes, Activities, and Advice from a Chef Dad and Psychologist Mom” by Julian Clauss-Ehlers and Dr. Caroline Clauss-Ehlers

“Firefighter Flo” by Andrea Zimmerman

Give your little one a glimpse into the exciting life of Flo, as she races to battle raging fires. This book is part of the Big Jobs, Bold Women series with the goal of introducing even the youngest readers to women as leaders in unusual jobs. This book is best for children ages 3 to 6 years old. holidayhouse.com/book/firefighter-flo

“A Time To Grow” by the PJ Library

This free, updated guide to the Jewish holidays is available for free in four languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. Enjoy beautiful illustrations, easy to understand explanations of timeless traditions and a step-by-step guide to understanding and celebrating as a family this holiday season. amazon.com/pjlibrary; pjlibrary.org/fall-guide/high-holidays-at-home/downloads/guide-download

“God is Just Like Me” by Karen Valentin
“God is Just Like Me” by Karen Valentin

“God is Just Like Me” by Karen Valentin

Author Karen Valentin explores what it means to be made in the image of God through a story of a young Puerto Rican girl living in New York City. “God is Just Like Me” is about a young girl going through each day of the week, finding ways she and God are alike. beamingbooks.com

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