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Gift Books for Kids

A selection of great reads for kids of all ages!

Board Books & Picture Books

Cover of My Favorite Color: I Can O
Aaron
Becker
Candlewick
2020

Becker uses cutout board pages with translucent colored film that changes hue and color at each page turn for a fresh look at colors. The narrator begins by stating that yellow is their favorite, and then narrows it down to sunshine yellow, which is great, but even better in a blue sky, so maybe blue is the favorite. A visual treat.

Cover of Me & Mama
Cozbi
Cabrera
Denene Miller Books
2020

What better way to spend a day of inclement weather than with Mom. Mama’s boots are big and yellow, daughter’s boots are small and red, Mama’s cup is bigger, daughter’s cup is smaller. This loving ode to mother-daughter relationships is a joyful reminder to savor the days.

Cover of The Little Mermaid
Jerry
Pinkney
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
2020

Award-winning author-artist Jerry Pinkney provides a new take on a classic tale. With themes of friendship, family and realizing the power of one’s own voice, Melody is a mermaid heroine who never gives up her agency, even as she trades her voice for legs to be with her friend, and then returns to the sea to take back her power and restore peace to her family and the merpeople.

Cover of Arlo, the Lion Who Couldn'
Catherine
Rayner
Peachtree
2020

Arlo is sooo tired, but he just can't sleep. The grass is too prickly, the ground is too hard. What's a restless, overtired lion to do? Then Owl sings a quieting song, "...Relax your whole body, slow your breathing right down, / imagine you're sinking into the soft ground."  Rayner's text and illustrations are the perfect remedy for restless little lions who need some shuteye.

Cover of Play With Your Plate
Judith
Rossell
Harry N. Abrams
2020

This puzzle book of four books within a book,contains a variety of challenges, such as creating a plate of  just vegetables, or creating a plate with triangles, or with all red foods, children can create an impressive variety of combinations with this interactive board book that invites play and inspires culinary conversations and explorations.

Early Readers & Young Fiction

Cover of Bo’s Magical New Friend
Rebecca
Elliott
Branches (Scholastic Inc.)
2020

Bo Tinseltail loves going to Sparklegrove School with the other unicorns. Every unicorn has a magical power. Bo is a Wish Unicorn with the power to grant wishes. Bo has lots of friends, but one thing Bo wants more than anything is a best friend. When a new unicorn named Sunny Huckleberry pops into the forest, will Bo's big wish finally come true? Contains easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page.

Cover of The Creature of the Pines
Adam Gidwitz, Jesse Carey, and
Christopher Smith
Hatem Aly
Dutton Children's Books
2018

Elliot and Uchenna become a part of a secret group of adventurers, The Unicorn Rescue Society, whose goal is to protect and defend the world's mythical creatures. Illustrated throughout, this is the perfect fit for newly independent readers looking for a story full of adventure, fun, and friendship.

Cover of Snow Place Like Home (Diar
Christina
Soontornvat
Barbara Szepesi Szucs
Scholastic Inc
2019

Princess Lina lives in a massive palace in the clouds. Everyone in her family has the power to control the wind and weather. On a good day, she can even fly! There's just one thing Lina wants: to go to regular, non-magical school with her best friend Claudia. She promises to keep the icy family secret under wraps. What could go wrong? (EVERYTHING!)

Cover of Blue Bay Mystery
Gertrude Chandler
Warner
Shane Clester
Albert Whitman & Company
2020

What will the Aldens discover on a vacation to a deserted island? Adapted from Gertrude Chandler Warner's story of the same name, this early reader allows children to start reading with a Boxcar Children classic.

Cover of I Want to Sleep Under the
Mo
Willems
Hyperion Books for Children
2020

Mo Willems, creator of the revolutionary, award-winning, best-selling Elephant & Piggie books, has another breakout beginning-reader series. Zoom Squirrel dreams of sleeping under the night stars. The Squirrel pals are excited to help! But will their encouragement be enough-or too much? Do you know more about sleeping under the stars than the Squirrels do? You will by the end of this book!

Elementary and Middle Grade Chapter Books

Cover of The Last Mirror on the Lef
Lamar
Giles
Dapo Adeola
Versify
2020

Otto and Sheed must embark on their most dangerous journey yet, bringing a fugitive to justice in a world that mirrors their own but has its own rules to play by. This funny and off-the-wall adventure is perfect for readers of Jonathan Auxier and Lemony Snicket.

Cover of Minecraft: The Shipwreck
C.B.
Lee
Del Rey Books
2020

Jake Thomas, Emily Quesada, and Thanh Vuong are forced to clean up and sort through the items in their beloved community center before a developer demolishes the building. They discover an odd Minecraft server on one of the old computers. The game world is littered with riddles that promise incredible, impossible creations if they can just follow the clues. Unravel the mysteries of an extraordinary underwater world in this official Minecraft novel!

Cover of Paola Santiago and the Riv
Tehlor Kay
Mejia
Disney-Hyperion
2020

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents author Tehlor Kay Mejia and her thrilling fantasy adventure based on the Mexican legend of La Llorona. In Silver Springs, Arizona, her mother's stories of the monstrous La Llorona are thrilling but unbelievable to science-loving Paola until she and her best friends Dante and Emma take a walk through a cactus field near the Gila River.

Cover of Everything Sad is Untrue:
Daniel
Nayeri
Levine Querido
2020

At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says. Khosrou's stories, stretching back years, and decades, and centuries, are beautiful, and terrifying, from the moment his family fled Iran in the middle of the night, back to the sad, cement refugee camps of Italy, and further back still to the Jasmine-scented city of Isfahan. Like Scheherazade, Daniel weaves a tale to stake his claim to the truth.

Cover of Max & the Midknights (Book
Lincoln
Peirce
Crown Books for Young Readers
2019

Max and a group of friends dubbed the Midknights go on a quest to rescue the Kingdom of Byjovia from the mean King Gastley Magic in this hilarious illustrated novel from the New York Times-bestselling creator of the Big Nate series. Check out Book 2, Battle of the Bodkins, just released on Dec. 1st.

Elementary and Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Cover of Twins
Varian
Johnson
Shannon
Wright
2020

Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends but now they’re growing apart. There's nothing Maureen can do to stop it. Are sisters really forever? Or will middle school change things for good?

Cover of Avatar, the Last Airbender
Bryan Konietzko and
Michael Dante DiMartino
Aaron Ehasz
2011

This volume collects the long-out-of-print, fan-favorite comics previously published in Nickelodeon Magazine and with the Airbender DVDs, plus over seventy brand-new comics pages. That's twenty-six stories set in Airbender continuity, by a host of top-notch talent, many of whom worked on the original animated series. A must-have for any Airbender fan!

Cover of Beetle & the Hollowbones
Aliza
Layne
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
2020

Twelve-year-old goblin and witch-in-training Beetle enlists her former best friend, Kat Hollowbones, to help stop Kat's sorceress aunt from demolishing the mall where Beetle's friend Blob Ghost is trapped.

Cover of Cat Kid Comic Club
Dav
Pilkey
Scholastic Press
2020

Welcome to the Cat Kid Comic Club, where Lil Petey (LP), Flippy, and Molly introduce twenty-one rambunctious and talented baby frogs to the art of comic making. Readers of all ages will be inspired to dream up their own stories and unleash their own creativity as they dive into this brand-new graphic novel series.

Cover of Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed
Judd
Winick
Guy Major
Random House
2015

When a mysterious boy falls from the sky, friends D.J. and Gina must discover the secrets of his identity and help him save the world.

Nonfiction

Cover of Good Night Stories for Reb
Elena
Favilli
Rebel Girls
2020

In this third installment of the rebel girls series, Favilli celebrates 100 women change-makers who immigrated, then contributed to the world in ways ranging from a World War II spy for England, a financial executive, and a table tennis champion. The biographies are short, yet great introductions to many unsung women.

Cover of What Breathes Through Its
Emily
Grossman
Bloomsbury Publishing
2020

Science plus silliness will engage kids’ funny bones in this quiz-show style book that presents 30 questions with 4 possible answers for each question, and then drops additional information on the way to the correct answer. Great for curious science enthusiasts.

Cover of All Thirteen: the Incredib
Christina
Soontornvat
Candlewick Press
2020

Soontornvat has written a riveting story of engineering and technology ingenuity and survival. When a soccer team of twelve boys and their coach enter a cave for an afternoon adventure, they find their exit route blocked, as water is rising around them due to an unexpectedly early monsoon.

Cover of Share Your Smile: Raina’
Raina
Telgemeier
Graphix
2020

Telgemeier provides kids with tips and exercises for making their own comics, and demonstrates her own methods of note taking, sketching, using pencil, ink and coloring to make her popular graphic novels. This is a book that kids can use to write, draw and save photos to tell their own stories.

Cover of Brick x Brick: How To Buil
Adam
Ward
Penguin Workshop
2020

Adam Ward, whose YouTube channel, Brick x Brick, gives fellow LEGO enthusiasts a peek into his building genius, has brought his ideas to print with step-by-step instructions for great builds and crafts, trivia, micro-challenges and advice to boost building confidence.

Teens

Cover of Dating Makes Perfect
Pintip
Dunn
Entangled Teen
2020

The Tech sisters don't date in high school because they're not allowed. Until now. In a shocking war on the status quo, their parents now insist that the youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka "Winnie"), must practice fake dating in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course--and organized based on their favorite rom-coms. A laugh-out loud romantic comedy.

Cover of Izuku Midoriya: Origin (My
Kōhei
Horikoshi
Caleb D. Cook
Viz Media
2015

Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn't got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny. Check out the latest volumes here.

Cover of Raybearer
Jordan
Ifueko
Amulet Books
2020

Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you've sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy? Raised in isolation, Tarisai yearns for the closeness she could have as one of the Crown Prince's Council of 11, but her mother, The Lady, has magically compelled Tarisai to kill the Crown Prince. With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we're willing to go for the ones we love.

Cover of Channel Kindness: Stories
Lady Gaga and the Born
This Way Foundation Reporters
Feiwel and Friends
2020

This anthology of stories from teens and young adults who chose kindness to ultimately make the world a better place, is both moving and inspiring.

Cover of The Cat I Never Named: a T
Amra
Sabic-El-Rayess
Bloomsbury YA
2020

Amra is sixteen in 1992, when Serbian tanks roll into her Bosnian city, turning her life upside down.  A stunning memoir of a Muslim teen struggling to survive in the midst of the Bosnian genocide--and the stray cat who protected her family through it all.

Cover of Cemetery Boys
Aiden
Thomas
Swoon Reads
2020

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.