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What’s Hot in November, 2009? Kids Book Trends, Kids Book Events, Best Selling Kids Books and more …

Here is the scoop on the most popular destinations on The Children’s Book Review site. From “Turkey Day” through to the “New Year”, see what November has to offer.


The Holiday season has begun!

Halloween has been and gone, although, the candy is still haunting many of us. Next comes Thanksgiving,  followed by Hanukkah; Christmas; Kwanzaa; and before we know it, the New Year! This explains the large interest in our holiday book suggestions and recommendations: Thanksgiving Books: More Turkey, Please! and 20 of the Best Kids Christmas Books. And, during the “giving” season, everyone wants to know which are the Best Children’s Books of 2009—this could also be to do with the fact that “Book Award Season” has also begun.

Talking about awards … Scat, by Carl Hiaasen, remains to be the most visited book review on our site two months in a row. It is the 2009 winner of both the Kid’s Indie Next List “Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers” and the Skipping Stone Honor Award.


The most coveted books that release this month:

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas


The best selling children’s books this month:


LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary

  • THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER, adapted by Chris Schoebinger from the story by Glenn Beck. Illustrated by Brandon Dorman. (Ages 4 to 7)
  • NUBS, by Brian Dennis, Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson. (Ages 4 to 8)
  • SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS, by Jane O’Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. (Ages 4 to 8)
  • OTIS, written and illustrated by Loren Long (Ages 4-8)
  • LEGO STAR WARS, by Simon Beecroft.
    (Ages 7 and up)


Million-Dollar Throw


Evermore: The Immortals


The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma

This information was gathered from the New York Times Best Sellers list, which reflects the sales of books from books sold nationwide, including independent and chain stores. It is correct at the time of publication and presented in random order. To see the full list you can visit: www.nytimes.com.


It’s no secret that it’s cool to read. Where can you be seen promoting literacy and encouraging kids to read?

What: Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books Featuring Artwork from Iconic Children’s Books

Why: This exhibition will present the most extensive public showing ever of original illustration art from American publishing’s best loved and most consequential picture-book series, Little Golden Books—the history-making experiment that celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2007.

Where: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Amherst, MA, USA

When: November 24, 2009 – February 28, 2010

Cost: Adult admission $9
Youth (under 18), Student, Teacher and Senior Admission $6
Family Admission (2 adults and 2 youth) $22.50

What: Inky Awards Ceremony

Why: The Inkys are international awards for teenage literature, voted online by the readers of insideadog.com.au.

Where: Experimedia at the State Library

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

When: Thursday, November 26 (11am–12.30pm)

Cost: Free

Is there somewhere you recommend being seen encouraging kids to read or promoting literacy during the month of November or December? Leave your suggestion in the comments field below.

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