Edie Ching, member of the ALA Notables Childrens’ Book Committee, “The Prophecy Series” author Ellen Oh and Joe Callahan, executive director of 826DC, share their recommendations for the best children’s and young adult books to read this winter season.

Edie Ching’s Picks:

For The Very Young
  • Drummer Boy of John John

    By Mark Greenwood

    Lee & Low Books

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  • For Those A Wee Bit Older (4-5 Years Old)
  • Lulu Walks the Dogs (The Lulu Series)

    By Judith Viorst

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Let's Go for a Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

    By Mo Willems

    Hyperion Books for Children

    Buy

  • For Middle Grade Readers
  • Return to the Willows

    By Jacqueline Kelly

    Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    Buy

  • Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

    By Katherine Marsh

    Hyperion Book CH

    Buy

  • For Older Readers
  • A Greyhound of a Girl

    By Roddy Doyle

    Harry N. Abrams

    Buy

  • Ellen Oh’s Picks:

    For Middle Grade Readers
  • Starry River of the Sky

    By Grace Lin

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities

    By Mike Jung

    Arthur A. Levine Books

    Buy

  • For Young Adults
  • Seraphina

    By Rachel Hartman

    Random House Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Ten

    By Gretchen McNeil

    Balzer + Bray

    Buy

  • The Madman's Daughter

    By Megan Shepherd

    Balzer + Bray

    Buy

  • City of a Thousand Dolls

    By Miriam Forster

    HarperTeen

    Buy

  • Pivot Point

    By Kasie West

    HarperTeen

    Buy

  • Dualed

    By Elsie Chapman

    Random House Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Joe Callahan’s Picks:

    For Children
  • I Want My Hat Back

    By Jon Klassen

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • For Young Adults
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    By John Green

    Dutton Books

    Buy

  • Son (Giver Quartet)

    By Lois Lowry

    HMH Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Dead End in Norvelt (Norvelt Series)

    By Jack Gantos

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    Buy

  • Stones for My Father

    By Trilby Kent

    Tundra Books

    Buy

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