Few people are more up-to-date on the latest, and greatest kids books than our Childrens' book buyer, Holly. She puts much effort into selecting the best new kids' and young-adult titles as well as keeping the classics well-stocked. Here are a few books Holly recommends:
With kid-centric descriptions and irresistible artwork, this gentle picture book explores all the different quiets that can fill a child's days from morning to night. Full color.
Rhyming text introduces young readers to Yiddish words.
Filled with excitement, humor, and the unexpected, this entertaining collection of tales--inspired by Roald Dahl's remarkable childhood--are stories that are not easily forgotten. Illustrations.
Orphan, clock keeper, thief: Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. Combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Caldecott Honor artist Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience in this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery. Illustrations.
YES! This must-have toddler title sheds light on some concepts with a comical flair.
Yanking cat by tail: no NO. Gentle pat on back: yes YES. And it's funny how dumping a bowl of food gets a very different reaction from mastering the use of a spoon. An expressive baby demonstrates familiar behaviors -- and their predictable responses -- in an amusing board book that merits a giant YES!
Twelve-year-old Rob has stuffed his closet with old laboratory experiments, unread books, and more, and when a creature emerges from that chaos causing a great deal of trouble, Rob has to do such horrible things as visit a library and speak at a school assembly to set things right again.
Ramona's determined to enjoy the third grade, despite the trials and tribulations of being in the Quimby family.
Milo, a young boy with little interest in anything, takes a trip through the Phantom Tollbooth to the Lands Beyond where he meets an enchanting cast of characters that teaches him the importance of words, numbers, ideas, creativity, and enthusiasm for life.
"I loved this storybook! It's about a young bear, Lucy, and how one day she decides that today is the day that she is going to make a new friend. She goes out into the woods to make a new friend but quickly discovers that making a new friend is not going to be as easy as she thought. Lucy's attempts at trying to make a new friend are hilarious but the story is also super cute, fun, and heartwarming. I loved the illustrations of the book and the story isn't too text heavy. I think parents and kids of all ages will enjoy this book." - Lydia
Two very good friends are back in "a quintet of tales loosely set around the seasons--one for each with a bonus Christmas number. Another winner for (Frog and Toad) fans young and old".--Booklist. ALA Notable Children's Book. Three-color illustrations.