It’s that time of year again: where I try to convince you to buy books for every child you know this holiday season.
This is my fourth year putting together this list (!!!). It’s always a lot of fun to look back at what I read over the year – like revisiting old friends. I hope you will find some new friends on this list.
I’ve added some codes to help identify particular types of books:
NF = Nonfiction
H = Humor
S = Series
And if you somehow don’t find a book on this list, check out the extra lists at the bottom of the post.
Babies and Toddlers
(Board books: Babies and toddlers)
Wee Beasties: Huggy the Python Hugs Too Hard (This series is great for toddlers)
See also: Roundup of 12 board Books
(Picture Book: Age 3-8)
Are We Pears Yet? NF H
(Early Readers: Age 6-9)
(Age 3-99, younger children will need an adult reader)
This July I did a round-up of these 6 great graphic novels. Check out the post for a full description of each book and find out why I think graphic novels should be a part of a child’s balanced reading diet.
Catsotronauts H S
El Deafo Memoir H
Real Friends Memoir
(Middle Grade: Age 8-12)
Lockwood and Company: The Screaming Staircase S (Note: this book is sometimes classed as Young Adult but, besides some creepy ghosts, does not contain mature content that would be inappropriate for tweens.)
(Young Adult: Age 13+)
Note that these books have mature content (roughly equivalent to PG13). This post gives tips for determining if a book is appropriate for your child.
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