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Kids Books to Add to Your Holiday Shopping Cart

By: Hidden Gems on November 21, 2023

Hidden Gems Books ARC service.

By: Hidden Gems on November 21, 2023


Each and every week, subscribers to Hidden Gems are offered FREE books to download, read, and review – from any or all of over 15 different genres. Today, we’re going to look at some of the recent kids books that our ARC readers loved.

Harvest Dreams

Harvest Dreams by Heidi Rauld

Two sisters, Adelina and Alessandra, are journeying through colorful autumn trees, a pumpkin patch, and an apple orchard in search of a missing pumpkin. The girls follow the thief’s trail into a forest, only to find that the culprit is a horse and is in deep trouble. She has to choose between saving the majestic horse, or her beloved pumpkin.

“My daughter enjoyed this book so much, she just had to sleep with it in her bed! She would not let me put it away. It’s such a sweet adventure of two sisters with a message of good at the end when they help the horse. My daughter loved the majestic horse and the sister’s pretty dresses, especially the festival dresses,” writes Scott M. in their 5-star review. “The imagery is just stunning and brings the magic in the story to real life, even for the adults. My daughter was asking to read Nutcracker Dreams again, but that will have to be done tomorrow because it was time for bed.”

Debbie M. writes in their 5-star review, “Enjoyed the storyline, the compassion the sister’s display for each other, the visuals are breathtaking and grab the reader’s attention with each turn of the page.”

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Around the World

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Around the World by Teresa Anne Power

Take a fun-filled tour of over 30 countries that will introduce your children to yoga along with more about different areas around the world. The book includes simple yoga poses suitable for children and adults of all abilities.

“This is an awesome book, and the concept is very interesting! The illustrations are very colorful and enhance the text. The pairing of each letter of the alphabet with a country and yoga pose makes learning fun and exciting,” writes Anonymous in their 5-star review. “The book is laid out in a way that allows the reader to just choose a few of the yoga poses while reading or do all of the poses included in the book, which I think is great! I would definitely recommend this book!”

“I’m a “grown up” and still loved this book,” writes RC H. in their 5-star review. “Very well done, great art, lotsa fun!”

How To Fix the Smile of a Crocodile

How To Fix the Smile of a Crocodile by Rebecca Kurien

Barry, the Australian saltwater crocodile is in desperate need of help. He has a terrible toothache, and it won’t go away, so he sets out to see who can help him with his sore tooth. You and your children will learn amazing things about sea creatures, and the value of kindness and friendship.

Tamara B. writes in their 5-star review, “This is a cute children’s story. I very much enjoyed reading it to my kiddos and the pictures are wonderful.”

“What a fantastic and exciting children’s book! It’s by far one of the sweetest, feel-good books that I have read in a long while. My grandkids are going to love this delightful book and I can’t wait to read it to them. What I love most about this book besides the sweet story and the awesome illustrations, is that it also sends out so many lovely messages to young ones reading it-to be kind and helpful, not be judgemental and most of all, that we don’t always have to look far for help when help could be just around the corner,” writes Anita in their 5-star review. “So many wonderful facts about sea creatures for kids to learn about in such a fascinating way.”

The Dragon Flyers Series: Books 1-3

The Dragon Flyers Series: Books 1-3 by Cynthia Star

David wants to join his friends Joe and Calli as a member of the Dragon Flyers Team. Follow David on his journey in becoming a Dragon Flyer, and the action and obstacles that come afterwards in this three book series.

“In Cynthia Star’s Dragon Flyers Series, the magic lies in its exceptional portrayal of character values and its ability to ignite the wildest of imaginations! Encouraging young readers to immerse themselves in a book can be quite the challenge. However, the brilliance of the Dragon Dynasty concept, complete with a lovable Drog (a Dragon dog) and fascinating elements like ‘Dragon drool,’ makes it effortlessly captivating!” writes D.L. H. in their 5-star review. “With the thoughtful inclusion of illustrations and beautifully crafted maps, the books take readers on a visual journey that further fuels their imagination. One can easily envision these tales evolving into an animated series, given their immense potential for captivating visual storytelling.”

“My boys loved reading it and so did I. If you like the Netflix series How to Train Your Dragon, You will love this. The way the kids interact and work on solving a problem was a great lesson for my kids to take away from reading the books. How David had to overcome his fear to conquer the black dragon by recalling what he read was a great example too,” writes Lorie E. in their 5-star review. “You will want to add The Dragon Flyers Series to your home library.”

Little Aiden: A Feelings Book for Toddlers

Little Aiden: A Feelings Book for Toddlers by Albert and Anna Choi

Little Aiden is exploring his different feelings and emotions, and wants to show other toddlers in his own way the importance of expressing your feelings. This book uses simple, repetitive style to teach your toddler that their emotions and feelings are okay, positive or negative.

Janna raves in their 5-star review, “My grandchild just loved it, we spent a lot of time together discussing the different feelings people are experiencing.”

Little Aiden: A Feelings Book for Toddlers is a wonderful story that explores the many emotions toddlers experience throughout the day. The book’s message is clear: it’s okay to have feelings,” writes Gina M. in their 5-star review. “As we all experience emotions constantly, it’s refreshing to see them discussed and explained in a delightful way. Toddlers are in the early learning phase of emotions, so this book is particularly helpful for them. The vivid illustrations make it easy to explore the different feelings depicted on each page. I highly recommend this book to all parents, teachers, and caregivers.”

Each and every week, subscribers to Hidden Gems get invitations to read and review kids books just like this – plus titles from 15 other genres – for free. If you love books, and want to share your recommendations, you’re just the kind of reader we’re looking for. Sign up today! We’ll keep the eBooks flowing as long as you want to keep on reading and reviewing!

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