2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – Children’s Books From Sourcebooks

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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MOM KNOWS IT ALL 2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - Children's Books From Sourcebooks

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Here is a fun collection of children’s books from Sourcebooks press. Choosing one of these fun books (or any from their extensive online store) for your holiday gift giving is sure to bring happiness to any child!

There was a Black Hole that Swallowed the Universe uses the familiar rhyming story, “There was an old woman who swallowed a fly” to tell the story of a hungry black hole who swallows the universe! The pictures are vibrant and the story is fun and exciting! My grand daughter, Lucy, is sure this book is her Christmas present! Well, of course it will be!

The Star Shepherd is for middle school aged children and is a beautifully illustrated story of a boy, his best friend and his beloved dog. They race to save the stars before the light goes out.
Very Lulu is a sweet and funny picture book based on the true story of Lulu, the bomb sniffing dog that failed at bomb sniffing but won at winning hearts as an internet sensation. (My Lucy is nicknamed, “Lulu,” and will definitely be getting this book!)
The Disaster Days is a thrilling survival story in the face of a crisis, similar to the Babysitters Club. This is a great choice for middle school ages.
You Are Awesome, written by a bestselling author, two times Olympian, and Times  journalist, is a very encouraging book that helps the reader realize how awesome they really are and how with enough determination they can accomplish amazing things!
There was a Black Hole that Swallowed the Universe

There was a Black Hole that Swallowed the Universe

  • By Chris Ferrie, illustrated by Susan Batori
  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Explore (September 3, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149268077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492680772

Spark creative conversations about celestial beings with this clever parody from the #1 science author for kids!

PLUS, use a black light to reveal secret, invisible text and artwork that reverses the story from nothing to the scientific creation of everything!

There was a black hole that swallowed the universe.
I don’t know why it swallowed the universe―oh well, it couldn’t get worse.
There was a black hole that swallowed a galaxy.
It left quite a cavity after swallowing that galaxy.
It swallowed the galaxies that filled universe.
I don’t know why it swallowed the universe―oh well, it couldn’t get worse.

Using the familiar rhythm of “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” follow along as the black hole swallows up the universe and everything that exists in it, from the biggest to the smallest pieces of matter. The silly, vibrant artwork is sure to make stargazers of all ages smile.

The Star Shepherd

The Star Shepherd

  • By Dan Haring and MarcyKate Connelly
  • Age Range: 8 – 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 9
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Young Readers (September 10, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492658200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492658207

Neil Gaiman meets How to Train Your Dragon in this beautifully illustrated middle-grade novel about a boy, his trusted dog, and his best friend, as they race to save the stars before their light is extinguished for good.

When the world first formed, the night was black and filled with dark creatures. The Elders knew their people couldn’t survive under such a threat. So they gave their hearts to the sky in the form of stars to keep evil away.

Now, eleven-year-old Kyro is a Star Shepherd like his father. He’s spent his life tucked away in the small town of Drenn. There, the family watches the night sky for falling stars―and rushes to rescue them when they do.

When too many stars start falling at once, and disappearing before they can be saved, Kyro’s father journeys to report the threat. But when he doesn’t return, Kyro, with the help of his best friend, Andra, and his trusty dog, Cypher, must find a way to save the stars before the dark creatures make a terrifying return.

Very Lulu

Very Lulu

  • By Stephanie Campisi, illustrated by Jessica Gibson.
  • Age Range: 3 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (September 3, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492673218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492673217

A heartwarming and funny tale, based on a true story of a dog named Lulu who learned that the best job is being yourself!

Lulu is training to be a police dog. But while the other dogs sniff out clues and follow orders, Lulu likes to run, play, and chew things instead.

She’s different from the others―she’s just very Lulu!

The Disaster Days

The Disaster Days

  • By Rebecca Behrens.
  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Young Readers (October 1, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492673315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492673316

Hatchet meets The Babysitters Club in this epic and thrilling survival story about pushing oneself to the limit in the face of a crisis.

Hannah Steele loves living on Pelling, a tiny island near Seattle. It’s a little disconnected from the outside world, but she’s always felt completely safe there.

Which is why when she’s asked one day to babysit after school, she thinks it’s no big deal. Zoe and Oscar are her next-door neighbors, and Hannah just took a babysitting class that she’s pretty sure makes her an expert. She isn’t even worried that she left her inhaler at home.

Then the shaking begins.

The terrifying earthquake only lasts four minutes but it changes everything, damaging the house, knocking out the power, and making cell service nonexistent. Even worse, the ferry and the bridge connecting the kids to help―and their parents―are both blocked. Which means they’re stranded and alone… With Hannah in charge, as things go from bad to dangerous.

You are Awesome

You are Awesome

  • By Matthew Syed.
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: wren && rook uk (2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781526361158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1526361158
  • ASIN: 1526361159

Become Awesome at (almost) anything

Getting good at stuff is not as hard as it seems. In fact, anyone can get (much) better at almost anything.

With colour illustrations throughout, You Are Awesome is an easy-to-follow guide for children to discover their potential.

Follow the story of kid average vs kid awesome and discover how practise, hard work and the right mindset can help anyone achieve success.

Whatever the awesome goal is, this book is packed with strategies, hints and tips on making it happen!


You can purchase these titles on the Sourcebook website, as well as on Amazon.


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