Celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas this year with some of these great new children’s books ...
Everyone’s favorite monkey leads the way in “Happy Hanukkah, Curious George” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $7.99, ages 2-4). This board book, written in a lively verse by Emily Flaschner Meyer, comes with a series of tabs on the right-hand side. Each tab has an illustration on it and leads to a two-page spread highlighting a Hanukkah activity. The illustrations by Mary O’Keefe Young nicely echo the style of the original “Curious George” books by Margret and H.A. Rey.
Author/illustrator Leslie Patricelli has a genius for making board books that will amuse both little ones and their parents as she demonstrates once again in “Fa La La” (Candlewick Press, $6.99, ages 6 months-3 years). The cheerful Baby who stars in all of Patricelli’s board books takes on Christmas with typical verve and energy. This is an endearing, secular introduction to the season.