Awesome topics and themes, from elementary to children’s books and themes – this is the list of the 10 best-loved kids’ books in December on Nooksy

Kindness, grace and when crocodiles and monkeys become best friends. These are the most loved, most shared, highest-rated and most common themes for kids' books in December from the Nooksy children’s books collection.

10 Best-Loved Kids Books in December

5 Most Read Kids Books in December

My Shadow is Pink

By:
Scott Stuart

My Shadow is Pink is a beautifully written rhyming story that touches on the subjects of gender identity, self acceptance, equality and diversity.Inspired by the author’s own little boy, ‘Shadow’s’ main character likes princesses, fairies and things ‘not for boys’... he soon learns (through the support of his dad) that everyone has a shadow that they sometimes feel they need to hide.This is an important book for a new generation of children (and adults alike) which exemplifies the concepts of unconditional love, respect and positive parenting.

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I Can Be Kind

By:
Amanda Appiarius, Heather Lester

"Changing the world isn't easy, but it's easy to start with you."In I Can Be Kind, Alice learns she can make this BIG world a BETTER world through small acts of kindness and helping others.

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Under the Great Plum Tree

By:
Sufiya Ahmed, Reza Dalvand

Deep in the jungle, an unlikely friendship blooms between the golden-hearted monkey Miss Bandari and the old crocodile Mr. Magarmach. But what will happen when King Crocodile comes along to test their friendship? The story of the monkey and the crocodile comes from the Panchatantra, an ancient Indian collection of animal fables. Versions of this tale of courage and forgiveness can be found all around the world.

How to hug a Cactus

By:
Emily S. Smith, Aleksandra Szmidt

How do you hug a cactus?I’d really like to know.You see, I love my cactus,and my hugs will help it grow.A young girl explores the possibilities of hugging her most favourite plant, a cactus. With a little help from her family members and a gardening guru, she tries a number of solutions to help solve her prickly problem, all with varying degrees of success. How to Hug a Cactus is a story that will ‘stick’ with many readers.

Keeping up with the Dachshunds

By:
Carla Fitzgerald, Rebel Challenger

Keeping up is RUFF!As Jet the dog discovers in this hilarious parody.Jet only has three biscuits and a joke to tell.After trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Dachshunds, she realises this is more than enough to make a true friend!

5 Highest-Rated Kids Books in December

Mary had a Monstersaur

By:
Peter Bath, Mike Dumbleton

Mary had a dinosaur called Monstersaurus Rex.Not the cuddly little lamb that everyone expects!What happens when everyone in town meets Mary’s huge new friend? Will he fit in? Or was he born to stand out?

My Gran does Karate

By:
Anna Demchenko, Michel Deverall

My Gran does Karate. She knows how to block and chop and how to kick and spin.Don’t let her wrinkles and old skinny bones fool you - my Gran is REALLY strong!This legendary lady is about to HII-YAH her way into your heart and show you what grannies are really made of.But who will be in the firing line when Gran chops and blocks her way all over town?

My Shadow is Purple

By:
Scott Stuart

My Dad has a shadow that’s blue as a berry, and my Mum’s is as pink as a blossoming cherry. There’s only those choices, a 2 or a 1. But mine is quite different, it’s both and it’s none.A heartwarming and inspiring book about being true to yourself, by best-selling children’s book creator Scott Stuart. This story considers gender beyond binary in a vibrant spectrum of colour.

The Adventures of Gracie and MonkeyBear: Winter

By:
Jordy Farrell, C.S. O'Kelly

Gracie & MonkeyBear is told through the actions and conversations between a brilliant young girl and her partner in adventure, the most celebrated canine inventor the world has ever seen MonkeyBear! The pace is that of children, hopping and bouncing from one creative thought to the next, one adventure to another. This is not a traditional children's book, it is a storyworld meant to be read and experienced together, parent and child, veteran bookworms with new readers. At its core, The Adventures of Gracie & MonkeyBear embodies the concepts of relentless curiosity, untethered imagination, power of diverse friendships and experiences (like the world around us), heroic acts of kindness based on strength of character and most of all, the belief that all living things are connected and should be treated with love, compassion, and respect.

Pink

By:
Lynne Rickards, Margaret Chamberlain

"What's a penguin to think when he wakes up PINK?" Patrick wakes up one day to find he's turned pink overnight. But boys can't be pink! Feeling teased and left out, poor Patrick runs away in search of pink playmates. He crosses the ocean where he finds some pink flamingos - but will he fit in with them any better? Patrick soon learns that friendship is never black and white, but that real friends will accept you just as you are.

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Top Trends and Themes in Kids Books in December

Most families in December read books about…

1. Just for Fun

Sometimes you just want to relax and enjoy a good story! It’s important, because life can be hectic and we learn and thrive better when we keep a cool head – relaxing and having fun is a BIG part of that. Discover the entire collection of books that are Just for Fun.

2. Friendships

Animals, dinosaurs, mozzies and people, good friends look out for each other. And no matter how shy I get, there are always new friends to discover in our collection of books about Friendship.

3. Just be Yourself

It’s more than just OK to be who you are – it’s wonderfully freeing! Everyone else is taken, and we all just want to see you be you. Discover the entire collection of books about just being Yourself.

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