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Our Favorites for Kids

With the holidays ahead, we can't help but feel for all the kids who look forward to these special days which are looking and feeling different this year in some way or another. And when we add on the stressors of changes in schools and limits on seeing friends, one can't deny that kids have had to give up a whole lot due to this pandemic.

We'd like to believe that all the extra time at home will result in kids getting back to reading more for fun...spending less time behind a screen, and simply curling up with a good book. There is much wonderful literature for children being published, so this week we'd like to share with you our favorites for kids this season.

A few we want to tell you a little more about include Jan Brett's brand new wonderful book. Already a New York Times bestseller, Cozy tells the story of an Alaskan musk ox who, in one of his loneliest moments, becomes indispensable when all the other animals realize the best way to keep warm during a storm is under Cozy's soft, soft fur.  Brett is one of our country's  most beloved illustrators of children's books and her talent is on full display in Cozy. And, we have autographed copies!

For the grade-school set take a look at Skunk and Badger,written by Newberry Honor author Amy Timeberlake and illustrated by Caldecott medal winner Jon Klassen. It's a classic animal odd-couple tale about opposites that need to be friends. This hilarious story is at times laugh-out loud-funny, and Klassen's vintage style artwork adds so much to the story. Having earned three starred reviews, this is sure to be read over and over again!

Middle-schoolers will love One Time by Sharon Creech, a favorite and Newberry-winning author. It's a lovely story about a young teacher's influence on  her students as she helps them imagine life's possibilities by asking the questions "Who are you?" and "Who can you be?" Creech's themes of friendship, acceptance, and self-discovery will deeply resonate with today's young readers.

For teens we highly recommend Punching the Air, by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam. Salaam was just 15 years old when he was wrongly convicted with four  other young boys in the Central Park Jogger case, and spent many years behind bars. With four starred reviews, this novel in verse tells the similar (yet fictional) story of 16 year old Amal, a poet who, when sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit, turns to poetry and self-expression to help dig himself out of his rage and despair. Truly a must read in these times.

Finally, don't forget to explore the 32 wonderful new titles for all ages pictured below (click the images for more information on each) which we also highly recommend along with books for children in the ABC catalog, our own holiday catalog and the Kids' IndieNext list.

Remember to shop early...November is the new December! Hope to see you soon.