Best Children’s And Young Adult Books

Looking for last minute inspiration for gifts for the good little kids and teens on your holiday list? We’ve got suggestions for the littlest readers and most mature young adults alike.

Heidi Powell’s Picks


Big Snow
by Jonathan Bean


Moonday
by Adam Rex


Mr. Wuffles
by David Wiesner


This is the Rope
by Jacqueline Woodson


The Big Wet Balloon/El Globo Grande y Mojado
by Liniers


Toilet: How It Works
by David Macaulay


Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party
by Nathan Hale


Words With Wings
by Nikki Grimes


When the Beat was Born
by Laban Carrick Hill


Bo at Ballard Creek
by Kirkpatrick Hill


March
by John Lewis


Hostage Three
by Nick Lake


Dusk
by Uri Shulevitz

Edie Ching’s Picks

Picture Books
  • An Otis Christmas

    By Loren Long

    Philomel Books

    Buy

  • For Readers in Grades 2-4
  • Locomotive (Caldecott Medal Book)

    By Brian Floca

    Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books

    Buy

  • The Year of Billy Miller

    By Kevin Henkes

    Greenwillow Books

    Buy

  • For Middle Readers
  • Invasion

    By Walter Dean Myers

    Scholastic Press

    Buy

  • Zebra Forest

    By Adina Rishe Gewirtz

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • For Older Readers (grades 9 and up)
  • Boxers & Saints Boxed Set

    By Gene Luen Yang and Lark Pien

    First Second

    Buy

  • For the Whole Family
  • Matilda

    By Roald Dahl

    Listening Library (Audio)

    Buy

  • Erica Perl’s Picks

  • The Day the Crayons Quit

    By Drew Daywalt

    Philomel Books

    Buy

  • Secret Pizza Party

    By Adam Rubin

    Dial Books

    Buy

  • Battle Bunny

    By Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Crabtree

    McSweeney's Publishing

    Buy

  • Counting by 7s

    By Holly Goldberg Sloan

    Dial Books

    Buy

  • Seven Stories Up

    By Laurel Snyder

    Random House Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co)

    By Jonathan Stroud

    Disney-Hyperion

    Buy

  • Eleanor & Park

    By Rainbow Rowell

    St. Martin's Griffin

    Buy

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