(RNS) — Children’s book publishers – hoping perhaps for the next contemporary classic, another “Polar Express” or “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” – have sent out a blizzard of holiday choices this year.

Some are clearly rooted in religious messages, featuring the Christ child or the meaning of the menorah. Others highlight December’s focus on family, kindness and generosity in ways that may appeal to interfaith and secular families – and everyone else.

Who knew dinosaurs had holidays? Beasts and bunnies and birds star with booksellers. So does snow. Bookstores are flush with books that highlight the chill beauty of winter

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