kids' books
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses
Ian Falconer

The most engaging story yet of the strong-minded pig who does things her own way. Olivia, the star of this fantastic series, is a modern-day answer to Russell Hoban's Frances: creative, unique, and confident.

The Sandman
William Joyce

Joyce's latest illustrated book tells a vibrant story about the Man in the Moon and his quest to protect children's everywhere with the help of some very familiar friends back on Earth. A great holiday read that Joyce himself is producing as an animated movie this holiday season.

A Very Special House
Ruth Krauss, ill. Maurice Sendak

Along with many of Sendak's out-of-print works, Krauss and Sendak's classic about a very special house filled with very unusual things has been revived to the cheers of the admiring multitudes. A very special book for all ages!

Annie and the Wild Animals
Jan Brett

Brett's humorous story of a girl searching desperately for her pet and getting more than she bargained for (inspired by Brett's own daughter) has been reprinted in beautiful hardcover in time for the holidays.

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Who Could That Be At This Hour?
(All The Wrong Questions #1)

Lemony Snicket

Booklist's review put it best: "Please, it's Lemony Snicket. Enough said."

The Phantom Tollbooth
(50th Anniversary Edition)

Norton Juster

This is a classic, beautifully reprinted for its 50th birthday, that is worth reading, reading aloud, reading again and again. The mother of creative, complex, and compelling wordplay in children's literature is back (Jules Feiffer illustrations included) and better than ever!

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
Madeleine L'Engle and Hope Larson

As long-time fans, we were skeptical that this book could be successfully reimagined. Thanks to Hope Larson's compelling illustrations, this graphic novel adaptation brings L'Engle's enduring story to life in a whole new way that will draw new fans and give the old ones an all-new adventure!

R.J. Palacio

With rave reviews continuing to pour in from Publishers Weekly (starred), Kirkus Reviews (starred), and School Library Journal (starred), as well as other authors, Palacio's poignant story of an ordinary boy trying his first year at a public school with a facial deformity is one every child (and parent) should read this year.

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Unspoken: The Lynburn Legacy
Sarah Rees Brennan

Sarah Rees Brennan stands out amid the plethora of YA urban fantasy that can start to run together. Her characters are unique, engaging, bitingly funny, and not your typical band of beautiful high school students fighting evil. In this well-written and suspenseful novel, Kami Glass and her friends will keep you guessing until the last page.

The Raven Boys
Maggie Stiefvater

In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews calls Stiefvater's latest fantasy "simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought." We heartily agree—this may be her best one yet!

The Fault in our Stars
John Green

This book has been wildly popular since its release earlier this year and with good reason. Sixteen-year-old cancer survivor Hazel and her new friend Augustus make a pilgrimage to visit an American expat author living in Amsterdam. Skillfully written and compelling to the very end!

Every Day
David Levithan

Levithan's newest gem tells the story of A, a person who wakes up each morning as the same consciousness in a different body. A has no specific gender, race, or sexual orientation but one thing remains the same – A's love for Rhiannon. Beautifully written and carefully crafted, Every Day is another Levithan success!

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Heart and Soul:
The Story of America and African Americans

Kadir Nelson

A story told both in carefully chosen words and exquisitely detailed illustrations, Nelson's exploration of U.S. history through a unique perspective is informative and powerful for readers of all ages.

The Not-For-Parents Travel Book
The Lonely Planet

According to these travel experts, you're never too young to start exploring the world. Their travel book for kids focuses on fun,weird (sometimes gross!) facts about different countries and how to travel to and in them. Inspires curiosity and thirst for adventure.

NOTE TO PARENTS: Don't let them fool you: you'll enjoy this one, too!

The Titanic Notebook:
The Story of the World's Most Famous Ship

Claire Hancock

Hancock brings the history of the famous shipwreck to life in this interactive reading experience through foldouts, terraway 3D models, tickets, and visit images of the ship and crew. A new way to experience history!

Unbored: The Essential Guide to Serious Fun
Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larson

This fantastic and creative response to any bored young person (or adult) proves that there's no excuse for boredom – there's so much to do. As this thick and endlessly creative book details, there are activities and explorations for anyone in need of something new to try or even something to fill five minutes.

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