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Holiday Gift Guide 2021! For the Kiddos!

Books are magic - and sharing that magic with kids is the greatest gift of all.

Even better, look through our list, pick the perfect book or two for the littlest readers in your life, and then read the book together. There's nothing like choosing a book for someone and watching them fall under its spell. 

Board Book Essentials for the Littlest's Library

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell 

Oh No, George by Chris Haughton

The Storytelling Math Series by Grace Lin

La Catrina: Emotion - Emociones by Patty Rodraiguez & Ariana Stein

 

Early Readers - great for kids just starting to read on their own, or to be enjoyed together

Astrid & Apollo Series by V.T. Bidania

Lola Levine Series by Monica Brown

The Magnificent Makers Series by Theanne Griffith

Definitely Dominguita #1: Knight of the Cape by Terry Catasús Jennings

Desmond Cole: Ghost Patrol #1: The Haunted House Next Door by Andres Miedoso

Jo Jo Makoons #1: The Used-to-Be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley

 

Graphic Novels - these count as reading, too!

Mac B.: Kid Spy Series by Mac Barnett

The Olga Series by Elisa Gravel

Hilda & the Troll AND Hilda & the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson

Aster & the Accidental Magic AND Aster & the Mixed-Up Magic by Thom Pico

The Cardboard Kingdom AND The Cardboard Kingdom: Roar of the Beast by Chad Sell

 

How to Be An Antiracist - social justice for all

BOARD BOOKS

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith

PICTURE BOOKS

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes

My Two Border Towns by David Bowles

When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

The Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o

We Are Still Here: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorrell

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford

MIDDLE GRADE

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy by Emmanuel Acho

Finding Langston AND Leaving Lymon AND Being Clem by Lesa Cline-Ransome

For Everyone by Jason Reynolds

Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi, adapted by Sonya Cherry-Paul

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids edited by Cynthia L. Smith

YOUNG ADULT

This Place: 150 Years Retold, A Graphic Novel Anthology with a foreword by Alicia Elliott

The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People by Roxane Dunbar Ortiz, Jean Mendoza, & Debbie Reese

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi

 

Inspirational True Stories - real life stories by and about real life people

PICTURE BOOKS

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear

Areli is a Dreamer: A True Story by Areli Morales, a DACA Recipient

The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath by Julia Finley Mosca

The Fastest Girl on Earth!: Meet Kitty O'Neill, Daredevil Driver! by Dean Robbins

Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins

How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion by Ashima Shiraishi

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd

Respect: Aretha, Franklin: The Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford

From the Tops of the Trees by Kao Kalia Yang

MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS

Who Was Ida B. Wells by Sarah Fabiny

It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories of a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) by Trevor Noah

Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson & Kwame Alexander

Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood by Gary Paulsen

Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer by Traci Sorell

YOUNG ADULT

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers by Michelle Obama

Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell

 

Kindess, Care, Empathy - powerful books for powerful kids

PICTURE BOOKS

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino

Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper

Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña

Zola's Elephant by Randall de Sève

Edmond: The Thing by Astrid Desbordes

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman

What's My Superpower? by Aviaq Johnston

Spork by Kyo Maclear

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham

Brimsby's Hats by Andrew Prahin

Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki

From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Lala's Words: A Story of Planting Kindness by Grace Zhang

MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS

The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus AND Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us edited by Katherine Locke & Nicole Melleby

YOUNG ADULT

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimmons

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Can't Take That Away by Steven Salvatore

 

Lots of Fun - because learning is great, but so is laughing

PICTURE BOOKS

Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-El

The Skunk by Mac Barnett

The Wolf, The Duck, and The Mouse by Mac Barnett

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Chirri & Chirra: The Rainy Day by Kaya Doi

The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko

We All Play by Julie Flett

The Cranky Ballerina by Elise Gravel

The Foodie Flamingo by Vanessa Howl

There's a Ghost In This House by Oliver Jeffers

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

The Rock From the Sky by Jon Klassen

Inside Cat by Brendan Wenzel

There Must Be More Than That by Shinsuke Yoshitake

Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli

Norman & the Nom Nom Factory by Bridgette Zou

MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell

Aven Green: Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling

 

Magic, Adventure, Fantasy - for those committed to believing the unbelievable; a celebration of imagination

PICTURE BOOKS

The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman

Franklin's Flying Bookshop series by Jen Campbell

Fern & Otto: A Story About Two Best Friends by Stephanie Graegin

Lift by Minh Lê

A Fort on the Moon by Maggie Pouncey

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS

Amari & the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori Lee

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

The Barren Grounds: Book One of the Misewa Saga by David A. Robertson

The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline Ogburn

YOUNG ADULT

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Hazel Wood Series by Melissa Albert

The Mirror Visitor Quartet by Christelle Dabos

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Hush by Dylan Farrow

The Afterward by E.K. Johnson

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

 

Memorable Female Protagonists

PICTURE BOOKS

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Marilyn's Monster by Michelle Knudsen

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala by Meenal Patel

MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS

Premeditated Myrtle: A Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery by Elizabeth C. Bunce

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

The Sea in Winter by Christine Day

The Birchbark Series by Louise Erdrich

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook

Lupe Wong Won't Dance by Donna Barba Higuera

Ophie's Ghost by Justina Ireland

The Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers AND The Lost Fairy Tales AND The Map of Stories by Anna James

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen by Sarah Kapit

Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr

Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit by Lilliam Rivera

Front Desk AND Three Keys AND Room to Dream by Kelly Yang

YOUNG ADULT

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne

Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi

Like Other Girls by Britta Lundin

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit by Colby Cedar Smith

 

Perfect for Bedtime - calming, sweet, unforgettable picture books 

Nightsong by Ari Berk

If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall

Windows by Julia Denos

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue

The Way Home in the Night by Akiko Miyakoshi

Goodnight Everyone by Chris Naughton

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Miss Maple's Seeds by Eliza Wheeler

 

Science, Animals, Nature - for the curious; fiction and nonfiction to inspire a life of learning

PICTURE BOOKS

Camp Tiger by Susan Choi

Saguaro's Gifts by Kurt Cyrus

The Reptile Club by Maureen Fergus

The Worm: Disgusting Creatures by Elise Gravel

Making a Baby by Rachel Greener

The Night Flower: The Blooming of the Saguaro Cactus by Lara Hawthorne

Hike by Pete Oswald

Seasons by Hannah Pang

Nine Months: Before a Baby is Born by Miranda Paul

Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins

On the Trapline by David A. Robertson

Packs by Hannah Salyer

MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS

Maya and the Robot by Eve L. Ewing

Wish by Barbara O'Connor

The Pax Series by Sara Pennypacker

Lightning Mary by Anthea Simmons

The Skunk & Badger Series by Amy Timberlake

 

Winter & Holiday Books

Little Santa by Jon Agee

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper

Vegetables in Holiday Underwear by Jared Chapman

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper

The Crayons' Christmas by Drew Daywalt

Chirri & Chirra: The Snowy Day by Kaya Doi

Everybody Serves Soup by Norah Dooley

The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser

When the Moon Comes by Paul Harbridge

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Hershel & the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel

Little Santa by Yoko Maruyama

The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border by Mitali Perkins

Brimsby's Hats by Andrew Prahin

Over the River and Through the Wood illustrated by Emma Randall

Olive, The Other Reindeer by J.Otto Seibold

Meet the Latkes by Alan Silberberg

Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever by Matt Tavares

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht