This year’s recommendations for the best winter reading from book editors and independent bookstore owners.

Barbara Hoffert
Editor, Library Journal Book Review

Fiction
  • The Air We Breathe: A Novel

    By Andrea Barrett

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • Grub

    By Elise Blackwell

    The Toby Press

    Buy

  • Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black: And Other Stories

    By Nadine Gordimer

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Orpheus Lost: A Novel

    By Janette Turner Hospital

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • Nonfiction
  • The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    By Diane Ackerman

    W. W. Norton & Company

    Buy

  • Young Adult Literature
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    By Sherman Alexie

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Candida Mannozzi
    Owner, Candida’s World of Books

    Travel or Gift Books
  • A Little Bit of Paris

    By Jean-Jacques Sempe

    Universe

    Buy

  • The Grand Tour

    By Harry Seidler

    TASCHEN

    Buy

  • Fiction
  • The Adventures of Amir Hamza (Modern Library)

    By Ghalib Lakhnavi and Abdullah Bilgrami

    Modern Library

    Buy

  • Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story

    By Leonie Swann

    Flying Dolphin Press

    Buy

  • Non-Fiction/Humor
  • Kids’ Books
  • Christmas Around the World: A Pop-Up Book

    By Chuck Fischer

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

  • The Great Race

    By Dawn Casey and casey Dawn

    Barefoot Books

    Buy

  • Riddle of the Nile

    By Deborah Nash

    Lincoln Children's Books

    Buy

  • Dinah Paul
    Owner, A Likely Story Children’s Bookstore

  • Who's That Baby?: New-Baby Songs

    By Sharon Creech

    HarperCollins

    Buy

  • Walk Two Moons

    By Sharon Creech

    HarperCollins

    Buy

  • Ruby Holler

    By Sharon Creech

    HarperCollins

    Buy

  • Half Magic

    By Edward Eager and N. M. Bodecker (Illustrator)

    Sandpiper

    Buy

  • Knight's Castle

    By Edward Eager

    Odyssey Classics

    Buy

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

    By Kate DiCamillo

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • Winter Babies Wear Layers (An Urban Babies Wear Black Book)

    By Michelle Sinclair Colman

    Tricycle Press

    Buy

  • Living Color

    By Steve Jenkins

    HMH Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean!

    By Kevin Sherry

    Dial Books

    Buy

  • The Nixie's Song (Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1)

    By Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • The Castle Corona

    By Sharon Creech

    HarperCollins

    Buy

  • If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

    By Gennifer Choldenko

    Harcourt Children's Books

    Buy

  • Todd Stewart,
    Vertigo Books

    Fiction
  • The Bone People: A Novel

    By Keri Hulme

    Penguin Books

    Buy

  • Mr. Darwin's Shooter

    By Roger McDonald

    Penguin Books

    Buy

  • The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

    By Dinaw Mengestu

    Riverhead Books

    Buy

  • De Niro's Game

    By Rawi Hage

    Steerforth

    Buy

  • The Pirate's Daughter

    By Margaret Cezair-Thompson

    Unbridled Books

    Buy

  • Mister Pip

    By Lloyd Jones

    The Dial Press

    Buy

  • Nonfiction
  • All the Rage: The Boondocks Past and Present

    By Aaron McGruder

    Three Rivers Press

    Buy

  • The Slave Ship: A Human History

    By Marcus Rediker

    Viking Adult

    Buy

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