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2020 December New Book Releases

2020 December New Book Releases

December is here, and the last set of books for the year are ready to be released.  From holiday books to books about notable figures, you are sure to find something for you and your child to snuggle up with this month.  Take a look at some of our picks.  


Who Was Martin Luther King Jr.? A Board Book by Lisbeth Kaiser, Stanley Chow (Ages 2-4) Release date: December 8th

An age-appropriate biography depicting the life and work of one of the most iconic leaders in the Civil Rights movement.



I Want to Ride the Tap Tap by Danielle Joseph, Olivier Ganthier (Ages 2-6) Release date: December 29th

All week, Claude and Manman walk Papa to the tap tap.  On their way, they encounter all kinds of interesting people waiting for the tap.  All Claude wants to do is join Papa, but he can’t.  Until Sunday, when Manman and Papa have a surprise for him.  What will this adventure bring? 

I Am Smart, I Am Blessed, I Can Do Anything!  by Alissa Holder, Zulekha Holder-Young, Nneka Myers (Ages 3-7) Release Date: December 29

We all remember the viral video from 3-year old Ayaan walking down the street proudly reciting his daily affirmation.  In this book, Ayaan has woken up on the wrong side of the bed, and nothing seems to be going right.  What will he do?  How will this day turn out?


The Square Root of Possible: A Jingle Jangle Story by David E. Talbert, Lyn Sisson-Talbert (Ages 4-8) Release Date: December 1st

Based on the song, The Square Root of Possible from the Netflix film, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.  When the inventor Jeronicus Jangle is betrayed by a former protegé, he loses all confidence.  Until his granddaughter, Journey, and a little bit of magic restore his hope.  



Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang, Charlene Chua (Ages 4-8) Release Date: December 15th

Amy loves craft time at school. But when her teacher asks everyone to make their own dragon, Amy feels stuck. Her first dragon has a long, wingless body, stag-like horns, and eagle claws, but her friends don’t think it’s a real dragon. Then she makes dragons like theirs, but none of them feels quite right…None of them feels like hers.  After school, Grandma’s story sparks new inspiration, and Amy rounds up her family to help her. Together, can they make Amy’s perfect dragon?


Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles by Michelle Meadows, Ebony Glenn (Ages 4-8)  Release date: December 29th

When Simone Biles was six years old, her grandparents adopter her and her sister, Adria.  Ron and Nellie Biles became her parents and introduced and energetic Simone to gymnastics, unwittingly sparking her passion and steering her path to an Olympic championship.  




The Major Eights: The Secret Valentine by Melody Reed, Émilie Pépin (Ages 6-8) Release date: December 1st

In book 6 of the Major Eights series, when Scarlet finds a sweet message in her locker, she is flattered.  But who is it from?  Is it a fan or a secret admirer?  The band jumps into action to find out.  Who could it be?





Brick X Brick: How to Build Amazing Things with 100-ISH Bricks or Fewer by Adam Ward, Rainn Wilson  (Ages 7-10) Release date: December 1st 

Dubbed the Bob Ross of LEGO, join Youtube sensation Adam Ward with step-by-step instructions for fun builds and creative crafts.  This is perfect for LEGO lovers! 


Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy (The Chronicles of Never After 1) by Melissa De La Cruz (Ages 10-14) Release date: December 1st

Nothing ever happens in Filomena Jefferson-Cho’s sleepy little suburban town of North Pasadena. The sun shines every day, the grass is always a perfect green, and while her progressive school swears there’s no such thing as bullying, she still feels bummed out. But one day, when Filomena is walking home on her own, something strange happens.  Filomena is being followed by Jack Stalker, one of the heroes in the Thirteenth Fairy, a series of books she loves about a brave girl and her ragtag group of friends who save their world from an evil enchantress.  Is she dreaming, or could this possibly really be happening?  What should she do?



Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the height of Jim Crow, Dovey Johnson Roundtree felt the sting of inequality at an early age and made a point to speak up for justice. She was one of the first Black women to break the racial and gender barriers in the US Army; a fierce attorney in the segregated courtrooms of Washington, DC; and a minister in the AME church, where women had never before been ordained as clergy. In 1955, Roundtree won a landmark bus desegregation case that eventually helped end “separate but equal” and dismantle Jim Crow laws across the South.


Drop a comment below with a book that you’re excited about.

There were so many great books releasing this month that we couldn’t even fit all of them in this list.   You can find these, other books releasing this month, and hundreds of other titles in our Bookshop store collections.  We are constantly updating our lists.  Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Let us know.


Kanika Mobley

Hi! I'm Kanika. I'm a mother and 20+ year educator. I started my career as a kindergarten teacher and fell in love with helping kids discover their reading identities. As they asked for certain books, I tried with all my might to keep the classroom library filled with high-engaging books that were both mirrors and windows for their experiences.

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