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Gift Books for Kids 2022

Book suggestions for gift giving

Board Books & Picture Books

Cover of Splash!

Pack a beach bag and join Baby for that quintessential summer activity: a day at the seashore. With a new little pal in tow, it's time to put on sunscreen (rubby, rubby), set up the umbrella (ouch, this sand is hot!), splash in the waves (run away from the big ones!), and build a sandcastle (extra hands help!). And don't forget ice cream!

Cover of Enzo es un maestro / Enzo

This new series of bilingual (English/Spanish) board books features Enzo and friends in a variety of roles. 

Cover of Little pups in big trucks

It's the first day of puppy school and Dig Doug, Puddles, and Cheddar can't wait to start digging, building, and loading in their trucks. But when their teacher, Miss Polly, gets stuck under some rocks, they'll have to come together and use teamwork to get her free.

Cover of Berry Song

On an island at the edge of a wide, wild sea, a girl and her grandmother gather gifts from the earth. Michaela Goade's luminous rendering of water and forest, berries and jams glows with her love of the land and offers an invitation to readers to deepen their own relationship with the earth

Cover of The World Belonged to Us
Leo Espinosa

A group of kids celebrate the joy and freedom of summer on their Brooklyn block.

Also available in Spanish.

Cover of Endlessly Ever After: Pick
Dan Santat

In this rhyming mash-up of many fairy tales, the reader is invited to follow Rosie down the many possible paths which may lead to a sleeping maiden, a hungry wolf, a girl locked in a tower, or a goose that lays golden eggs--but with some luck, and some smart choices, Rosie may save herself and her fellow fairy tale characters.

Cover of Farmhouse

A farmhouse provides the setting for a dozen children to live and grow, and when they leave, another family arrives to fill the house with love again.

Cover of Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun's

by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, and Alexis Bunten. Illustrated by Garry Meeches Sr.

Wampanoag children listen as their grandmother tells them the story about how Weeâchumun (the wise Corn) asked local Native Americans to show the Pilgrims how to grow food to yield a good harvest--Keepunumuk--in 1621

Readers & Young Fiction

Cover of Catalina Incognito

Eight-year-old Catalina Castañeda uses Tía Abuela's sewing kit to turn ordinary clothing into a magical disguise, enabling her to uncover a thief at the local library.

Cover of Cornbread & Poppy

Cornbread LOVES planning. Poppy does not. Cornbread ADORES preparing. Poppy does not. Cornbread IS ready for winter. not.

Cover of Guarding the Invisible Dra

A nest of invisible baby dragons has been discovered in Queen Sofia's castle so Drake, Worm, and Val, Carlos's cousin, must journey to the dangerous Dove Island to find the parents and the fruit that keeps the dragons' invisible powers.

Cover of The Sunken Ship: An Acorn

Vera the mermaid and her half-octopus friend Beaker go on playful adventures in the underwater town of Tidal Grove.

Cover of Ty's Travels: Winter Wonde
Starling Lyons

Ty's big imagination takes him and Momma on a trip to the North Pole. Everything is wonderful! A Christmas tree sparkles, a snowman waves, and a polar bear sings. Will Ty's wish to see Santa come true?

Elementary & Middle Grade Chapter Books

Cover of Air

Twelve-and-a-half year old Emelyn Ethrige lives with her father in South Carolina, dreams of wheelchair motocross, and makes custom chair bags trying to earn enough money to buy a serious set of wheels.

Cover of Black Bird, Blue Road

Pesah has lived with leprosy for years, and the twins have spent most of that time working on a cure. Then Pesah has a vision: The Angel of Death will come for him on Rosh Hashanah, just one month away. So Ziva takes her brother and runs away to find doctors who can cure him. But when they meet and accidentally free a half-demon boy, he suggests paying his debt by leading them to the fabled city of Luz, where no one ever dies--the one place Pesah will be safe.

Cover of Odder

Odder spends her days off the coast of central California, practicing her underwater acrobatics and spinning the quirky stories for which she's known. She's a fearless daredevil, curious to a fault. But when Odder comes face-to-face with a hungry great white shark, her life takes a dramatic turn, one that will challenge everything she believes about herself--and about the humans who hope to save her.

Cover of Onyeka and the Academy of

When twelve-year-old Onyeka discovers that she has psychokinetic powers, her mother reveals that she is Solari, part of a secret group of Nigerian mutants that trains at the Academy of the Sun.

Cover of The Lost Ryū
Emi Watanabe

Running out of time to make his grandfather smile once again before it's too late, Kohei searches for a ryū--a dragon of legend--in this multigenerational story about the lengths to which people will go to protect those they love.

Elementary & Middle Grade Nonfiction

Cover of Honeybee Rescue: a Backyar
Loree Griffin

Honeybee rescuer Mr. Nelson relocates a colony of 35,000 bees from Mr. Connery's barn back to a hive.

Cover of Listen to the Language of

Readers will discover that trees have their own social network, and helping one another thrive is trending. The fascinating mycorrhizal fungi network runs underground through the forest via the roots of trees, allowing for connection and communication.

Cover of Maya's Song
Bryan Collier

This unforgettable picture book introduces young readers to the life and work of Maya Angelou, whose words have uplifted and inspired generations of readers. Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson uses Angelou's beloved medium of poetry to lyrically chronicle her rich life in a deeply moving narrative. Vivid and striking collage art by Caldecott Honor recipient and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Bryan Collier completes this unforgettable portrait of one of the most important American artists in history.

Cover of She Persisted series

Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger, a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds

Cover of Star Child

From the New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, a biography in verse and prose of science fiction visionary Octavia Butler.

Libros en español / Books in Spanish

Cover of De aquí como el coquí

When Miguel and his parents move from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland, Miguel misses their home, his grandparents, and his pet frog, Coquí, but he soon realizes that New York City has more in common with back home than he originally thought

Cover of Latinitas: una celebració

Menéndez shares information about influential Latinas from all over Latin America and across the United States. Each two-page spread includes a full-page drawing of the woman as a child; the second page contains a brief biography of the woman, and highlights her contributions to history. These women followed their dreams-- and just might encourage you to follow yours!--Adapted from jacket and perusal of book.

Cover of La última cuentista

A girl named Petra Pena, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. But Petra's world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children - among them Petra and her family - have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. 

Middle Grade & Young Adult Graphic Novels

Cover of The Flamingo: A Graphic No

From a highly acclaimed illustrator comes a stunning graphic novel filled with adventure and wonder about an imaginative girl and her obsession with flamingoes. A little girl arrives, excited for a beachy vacation with her Lao Lao. The girl and her grandmother search for shells, chase crabs, and play in the sea, but when the girl finds an exquisite flamingo feather in her grandmother's living room, her vacation turns into something fantastical.

Cover of Freestyle

While preparing for the last major dance competition before they graduate from eighth grade and go to separate high schools in NYC, Cory must balance the expectations of his parents, school, crew and his new friend as pressure mounts from all sides.

Cover of The Heartstopper Yearbook

The Heartstopper Yearbook is packed full of exclusive content from the Heartstopper universe: never-before-seen illustrations, an exclusive minicomic, character profiles, trivia, and insight into Alice Oseman's creative process, narrated by a cartoon version of Alice herself. In full-color for the first time, this companion book is perfect for fans of Heartstopper!

Cover of Himawari House

When Nao returns to Tokyo to reconnect with her Japanese heritage, she books a yearlong stay at the Himawari sharehouse. There she meets Hyejung and Tina, two other girls who came to Japan to freely forge their own paths. The trio live together, share meals, and even attend the same Japanese-language school, which results in them becoming fast friends. But will they be able to hold one another up as life tests them with new loves, old heart breaks, and the everyday challenges of being fish out of water?

Cover of Miss Quinces

Sue just wants to spend the summer reading and making comics at sleepaway camp with her friends, but instead she gets stuck going to Honduras to visit relatives with her parents and two sisters. They live way out in the country, which means no texting, no cable, and no Internet! The trip takes a turn for the worse when Sue's mother announces that they'll be having a surprise quinceąera for Sue, which is the last thing she wants. She can't imagine wearing a big, floofy, colorful dress! What is Sue going to do? And how will she survive all this "quality" time with her rambunctious family?

Also available in Spanish. 

Cover of Speak Up!

To the kids at school, Mia is the autistic girl who can't speak up. To her mom, she's the fragile daughter who needs help fitting in . But to thousands of fans watching her gain popularity online, Mia is a talented singer known only by her secret identity. Elle-Q, and she has a lot to say.

Teen Fiction

Cover of Crave

Grace's world changed when she joined the academy. At the academy she is a mere mortal among gods...or monsters. She can't decide which faction she should join, or if she should join any of them. The one thing that unites them is their hatred of her. Then there's Jaxon Vega, a vampire with deadly secrets who hasn't felt anything for a hundred years. Jaxon has walled himself off for a reason. Does someone want to wake the sleeping monster in him? Is Grace the bait?

Cover of Gleanings: Stories from th

A collection of stories that span the time when humans live in a world without hunger, disease, or death and Scythes act as the living instruments of population control.

Cover of One For All

In 1655 sixteen-year-old Tania is the daughter of a retired musketeer, but she is afflicted with extreme vertigo and subject to frequent falls; when her father is murdered she finds that he has arranged for her to attend Madame de Treville's newly formed Académie des Mariées in Paris, which, it turns out, is less a school for would-be wives, than a fencing academy for girls--and so Tania begins her training to be a new kind of musketeer, and to get revenge for her father.

Cover of Six Crimson Cranes

After unleashing forbidden magic, being banished by her stepmother and unable to speak or her brothers will die, Princess Shiori must find a way to save them with the help of a paper bird, a mercurial dragon and the very boy she fought so hard not to marry.

Cover of The Sunbearer Trials

Transgender demigod Teo is unexpectedly selected for the Sunbearer Trials, a fierce competition among demigod heroes where the winner sacrifices the loser to Sol, their blood fueling the Sun Stones that protect Reino del Sol.

Teen Nonfiction

Cover of Braiding Sweetgrass for Yo
Robin Wall

Botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer's best-selling book Braiding Sweetgrass is adapted for a young adult audience by children's author Monique Gray Smith, bringing Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the lessons of plant life to a new generation.

Cover of Devotion (Adapted for Youn

A young adult adaptation of the national bestseller that details the true story of two Navy pilots from divergent racial and economic backgrounds who forge a deep friendship during the Korean War as they face extraordinary circumstances.

Cover of First to a Million: A Teen

Change the way you look at money before you turn twenty ... and become a FI Freak! Most teenagers are only told about one financial path: Work until you're old and then retire. But what if you want to spend your adult life traveling, creating, or bettering the world instead of working all day, every day? Financial independence (FI) is the only way to win the resource you can't rewind: TIME. 

Cover of Teen Baking Bootcamp: 60 E

With recurring appearances on the Food Network and millions of followers of his cooking Tik Tok channel under the belt, culinary prodigy Matthew Merril knows a thing or two about baking; accordingly, young bakers looking to learn indispensable skills in the kitchen will be wowed by what Teen Baking Bootcamp has to offer.

Cover of Walking Gentry Home: A Mem

A true American epic in verse, Walking Gentry Home tells the story of Alora Young's ancestors, from the unnamed women the historical record has forgotten but Alora brings to life through imagination; to Amy, the first of her foremothers to arrive in Tennessee, buried in an unmarked grave unlike the white man who enslaved her and fathered her child; through Alora's great-grandmother Gentry, unhappily married at fourteen; to her own mother, the teenage beauty queen rejected by her white neighbors; down to Alora in the present day as she leaves childhood behind and becomes a young woman.