Local Holiday Books For Youngsters, or the Young at Heart

don’t know about you, but my favorite holidays are spent with of a hot cup of spicy tea, in front of a roaring fire, leafing through a beautifully illustrated book. And my family and friends, of course. 

Here are four books, primarily for children, that have recently been released. They are written by locals, and some even focus on local stories. 

What can bring generations closer together than a chance to turn off the TV and cuddle up to read one of these four East End gems?

“The East End A to Z” By Kara Hoblin

The beauty of the East End of Long Island comes to life in this gorgeously illustrated children’s book by chalk artist Kara Hoblin. 

Hoblin’s transformation of the alphabet into works of art, coupled with whimsical text, will engage adults and children alike as they journey through the East End of Long Island. Every letter of the alphabet is bursting with brightly colored images for readers to identify and match with each letter. From cozy inns to seaside villages to the wide variety of wildlife, this book captures the very essence of what makes the East End of Long Island such a magical place. 


“Montauk Mike’s Very First Christmas!” Written and illustrated by Nina Ross

Montauk Mike, a cute baby shark, is back this holiday season with a new adventure. 

Beautifully illustrated by Nina Ross, “Montauk Mike’s Very First Christmas!” is a festive tale about the meaning of friendship and giving. 


“The First Notes: The Story of Do, Re, Mi” By Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton; illustrated by Chiara Fedele

A stunning new picture book from beloved icon Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton (both of Sag Harbor), that introduces readers to the remarkable story of the development of written music, and speaks to the beauty of music and the power of perseverance. Featuring the illustrated lyrics to “Do-Re-Mi” and an author’s note about Julie Andrews’s connection to the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein song. 

Found at bookstores everywhere, and online. 

“Keeping the Montauk Light” By Barbara Strong Borsack; illustrated by Teresa Perrault Lawler

Teaching children, and others, the purpose of lighthouses and how commerce was conducted years ago, as well as sharing the true adventures of a young girl, Emily Scott, growing up in the 1800s on the East End of Long Island, in the Montauk Lighthouse. 

Available at the Wharf Shop in Sag Harbor, or through the website KeepingTheMontaukLight.com. 

Bridget LeRoy

Bridget LeRoy co-founded The East Hampton Independent and the Children’s Museum of the East End, and has been honored with over fifty awards for editing and journalism from various press associations. Follow LeRoy on instagram @bridget_leroy.

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