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I was a librarian before changing up my career path to stay home and I review a lot of children's books so I understand how hard it is to select great books for your kids with so many choices out there! Here are five beautifully-illustrated seasonal titles from indie authors that are sure to delight children of all ages. The really neat thing about these books is that each one of these was published via Amazon's independent-publishing platforms. These fun stories and their memorable characters are great for the holiday season and bringing families everywhere even closer together.
Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis is a swashbuckling winter's tale and the newest addition to the multi-award-winning Captain No Beard book series by Carole P. Roman. The daring pirate Captain No Beard and his loyal crew are off on an adventure to the far north in the icy waters of the Arctic. Captain No Beard has a treasure in mind that he wants to steal and take back home with him but his crew must remind him what is the right thing to do. A fun story that reminds us all how fun it is when kids get together and use their imaginations.
The Fox and the Snowman is a beautiful story by author Angela Muse about a lone fox and his journey through a year of changing seasons. One day the fox discovers friendship in a snowman and they have a great time together but winter soon ends and the fox knows what that will mean. This colorful seasonal tale is perfect to read on a chilly winter night.
The Deep and Snowy Wood is a delightful picture book about a deer, a squirrel and a mole and how they head off deep into the woods to see a very special person who pays a brief visit only once a year. Penned by author Elwyn Tate this rhyming title is sure to captivate children during the holiday season.
Kat McGee and The School of Christmas Spirit (Volume 1) is the first in a series of chapter books for young readers by Rebecca Munsterer. Featuring 5th grader and holiday-saving legend Kat she travels back in time through a magical snowglobe to meet Mrs. Claus and experience the true spirit of the holiday season. The book includes a reading guide in the back with vocabulary words, discussion questions and fun activities.
The 13 Dog Days of Christmas is the unique counting book for children written by Melanie Johnston and illustrated by Bob Reedy. Adorable dogs are replaced into the familiar 12 Days of Christmas rhyme. A portion of proceeds from this book benefit Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). This book definitely changes things up for the funnier and everyone laughs at the surprise ending!
Don't discount books just because they are published from indie authors because there are many wonderful self-published children's books that are now available on Amazon.com out there. My kids (ages 4 & 7) enjoyed each of these books and that is what matters the most.