Reading Room: December Children and Tween Book Picks

Reading Room: December Children and Tween Book Picks

Join the Cleveland Public Library’s Cleveland READS! The goal of the city-wide reading campaign is to get Clevelanders to read 1 million books and/or minutes in 2023. The kickoff event will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 at 12 p.m. at Public Auditorium, 500 W. Lakeside Avenue in downtown Cleveland.

To help you prepare for the reading campaign, the library recommends a few books for your family to cozy up to this holiday season.

Twelve Dinging Doorbells

By Tameka Fryer Brown and illustrated by Ebony Glenn 

An all-holiday melody loaded with family, food, and love, ideal for all family festivities.

Go, Sled! Go! 

By James Yang

Repetitive words and large types make this a perfect book for beginning readers. And the laughs and surprises keep coming until the very satisfying end.


Awe-some Days

By Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte 

Discover and celebrate the Jewish holidays with this warm and engaging poetry collection by the acclaimed author of Mirror Mirror.

Eyes That Speak to the Stars

By JoAnna Ho and illustrated by Dung Ho

When a fellow pupil draws a disheartening drawing of him, a young Chinese American boy discovers himself; Soon, he finds his beauty and worth.


PowWow Day

By Traci Sorell and illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight

Emphasizing the power and importance of neighborhood, one little girl learns to bond with her individuals differently. 

The Secret Sunshine Project 

By Benjamin Dean

It doesn’t help that they have to move to the countryside with Gran. Still, Bea loves Riley so much and is determined to cheer her up. Thus, the secret sunshine project is born!

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