A list of our favorite Kids books this season
Simon & Schuster, 2011, Babies & Preschoolers
The newest installment in the ever-popular, and oh-so-fun series of popup/pullout/swirl books from Van Fleet that include such titles as Tails, Heads, and Alphabet
Harper Collins, 2011, Children of all Ages & the Young at Heart
A new, posthumous collection of poems and illustrations by the beloved Silverstein, carefully selected by a committee of his family and close associates, these poems have all the silly, absurd, spot-on charm of the collections Silverstein released while he was alive. A must for every home with children!
Roaring Brook Press, 2011, Picture Book, 4 to 8 year olds
A young boy shares his great-grandfather’s history through Grandpa Green’s fabulous topiary garden that documents the many stories of his life. A tribute to the love between generations.
Candlewick, 2011, 4 to 8 year olds
Perennial favorites, Bear and Mouse return for a lighthearted but somewhat dramatic tale about the time Bear comes down with a bad cold and is nursed back to health by his loyal friend, Mouse. Filled with warm-hearted messages about friendship and enough humor to keep the reading adults entertained.
Philomel, 2011, 4 to 8 year olds
Otis the little tractor is back again in a new adventure in which he helps save his animal friends on the farm from a destructive tornado. With art echoing Grant Wood in mostly grey and sepia tones with splashes of color, this is an exciting tale about how doing the right thing has unexpected rewards.
Little Brown, 2011, 4 to 8 year olds
Last year’s Caldecott winner (for The Lion and the Mouse) is back with this classic childhood song done up as the prisma-color dream of a young chipmunk. Lush water-colors and simple text combine to let you imagine the story your own way. You will never visualize Twinkle Twinkle Little Star the same again!
Chronicle, 2011, 4 to 8 year olds
With sweet rhyming text, this gentle book a lovely way for your little truck aficionado to end the day The art is calming with its muted colors and sleepy faces on the trucks, making it the perfect bed time story.
Delarcorte, 2010, 9 to 12 year olds
This years’ Newberry Award Winner, as well as the Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award Winner, this is the story of a young girl named Abilene growing up during the depression. She is sent to Manifest, Kansas, to live with her father’s childhood friend when her dad takes a railroad job, and spends the summer learning more about her father’s orphaned childhood, and the ways in which the Manifest community came together to help raise him. Ingeniously plotted and gracefully told, this father/daughter tale will resonate with any reader who’s ever wondered whether those old family stories really tell the whole truth.
Dial, 2010-11,9 to 12 year olds
Roald Dahl meets Neil Gaiman in this creepy but whimsical series about an 11-year-old girl named Olive who moves into a Victorian mansion and discovers she can enter another world through the antique paintings left behind. With an engaging heroine and a batch of talking housecats this is a fun read, even for some reluctant readers.
Roaring Brook Press, 2011, 9 to 12 year olds
A rip-roaring adventure about a boy from a New England fishing town who discovers that someone has been stealing his family’s lobster catch, and sets out to catch the culprits, facing down bullies and the rough seas along the way. Set over a single, tense day, the novel’s chapter titles track the hours and give the book an immediate, real-time pace. An exciting drama for fans of Will Hobbs and Gary Paulsen.
Hyperion, 2011, 9 to 12 year olds
A huge hit with the young readers here at The Next Chapter, these are the continuing adventures of the demi-god teens, modern children of Greek and Roman gods, With the same setting as the hugely successful Percy Jackson series. With a fresh new cast of characters, Riordan continues the action-packed fun with a new prophecy and a new quest, complete with appearances by favorite characters from the previous series. These books will delight especially the boys — but there are plenty of us girls who love a great adventure too!
Dial, 2011, 9 to 12 year olds
In the tradition of the Rescuers, and the Tale of Despereaux, comes a lighthearted tale of three plucky orphaned mice sisters caring for their little brother, and living among the Victorian-era Cranston family in their mansion in America. When the Cranstons travel to England to find a husband for their elder daughter, the mice stow away in the luggage and have the adventure of their lives! Along the way they meet other mice, brave the dangers of the ship’s cat, help their human sisters find love, and find their own destinies along the way. With wonderful, insightful writing from this beloved author, this is a definite don’t miss for any girl grades 3 and up!
North Atlantic, 2010-2011, 9 to 12 year olds
A beautifully written epic fantasy adventure series that begins when Elwood, a 13 year old boy, and his faithful dog Slukee are suddenly transported to the land of Winnitock, in another world, and must undertake a series of dangerous quests to try to save the inhabitants of Winnitock and return home. Winnitock has definite elements of Native America, and Dodd employs many of the traditional epic fantasy tropes, but the result is fresh and engrossing. A bit off the best-seller beaten path, this series is not an easy read, but will engage fans of the Harry Potter series, (and even adult fans of Tad Williams) with its intricate plots, strong characters, imaginative setting, and poetic prose.
Scholastic, 2011, 9 years and up
Selznick, the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is back with this wonderful story that gives the readers two independent tales, set 50 years apart, one told in words, and the other told in pictures, in Selznick’s signature form. Ben feels lost since the death of his mother, and Rose feels alone in her life with her father, both are searching for something that is missing, each finds a clue, and each will risk everything to find what they seek. With over 460 pages of original drawings and playing with the form he invented in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey. Rich, complex, affecting and beautiful, Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary
Little Brown, 2010, Teens
In a dystopian not-so-distant future, a boy named Nailer ekes out a living as a scavenger on grounded oil-tankers in the Gulf Coast Region; but when a beautiful clipper ship is grounded by a hurricane, and Nailer discovers a lone survivor — a beautiful girl — he faces a decision whether to strip the ship and make his fortune or to rescue the girl, which could lead to a better life.
Simon Pulse, 2009-2011, Teens
Teen and adult readers will enjoy this beautifully illustrated alternate-history / steam-punk vision of the life and adventures of Prince Aleksander, son of the assassinated Duke Leopold whose murder sparked WWI. Along the way, the Prince meets Deryn, a young British airman, who is actually a girl in constant danger of being discovered. They make their way through a wold filled with giant machines and genetically modified machine beasts, as they seek a way to end the world’s war.
Speak, 2011, Teens
Piper has one month to get the high school student band, Dumb a paying gig. If she can do this, she’ll become the band’s manager, and earn a share of the profit. But how do you turn a rag-tag group of teens into a working band — especially when you can’t hear if they are any good because you are deaf? But Piper has grit, and talent, and she rises to the challenge, and soon her self confidence, not to mention a budding romance are growing, In the meantime her family decides on a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, and Piper will have to learn what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.
Razorbill, 2011, Teens
A teen thriller, in which Jane finds herself paralyzed in a hospital bed after a terrible accident. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run. Everyone else believes it was an accident, and as her friends visit her in the hospital, and as she has plenty of time to lay and think, more memories surface, including ones about the day her best friend died, years earlier. With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she’s forced to examine the consequences of her life choices in this compulsively readable thriller.
GP Putnam, 2011, Teens
Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux goes to London to start a new life at a boarding school, but the same day as her arrival, the city is rocked by a series of brutal murders echoing the crimes of the infamous Jack the Ripper over a century before. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
St. Martin, 2011, Teens
Fast paced science fiction in which two spaceships travel away from a ravaged Earth toward a new planet with carefully selected colonists on board. When the first ship breaks with plans and waits for the second ship to catch up with it, two years later, a chain of violent and life altering events takes place, leaving the children of the colony at war with the surviving adults from the first ship, and forced to govern and care for each other. With some deep questions and pulse pounding action, this is a great story for older teens.