Books make great holiday gifts, especially for the youngest recipients on your list. But it can be tough to navigate the thousands of titles out there, old and new. From colorful and insightful picture books to young adult novels that center around strong female characters, we've got picks for the tots and teens in your life.
Listeners Pick The Best Children's And Young Adult Literature For Winter 2012
We asked the Kojo Show audience what books you're gifting this season and what books you tend to revisit this time of year. Here's a sampling of picks.
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@kojoshow in the wintertime, Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. #kojoreadsThrift Store Mama
@kojoshow The Texas Night Before Christmas. It was read to me as a child, and now my son loves it too!Matthew Joseph
"A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote is a good read for kids and adults who would do well to learn of a time before electronic gadgets and gifts with "in" labels. It is loosely based on Capote's early life and is about the relationship between a boy and his distant cousin, a childish woman who shares her limited life with the boy. The copy with illustrations by Beth Pack is beautiful to look at. I read it every Christmas and cry every year.-- Gloria via email
I have two recommendations for preschool picture books -"Z is for Moose" by Kelly Bingham and Paul Zelinsky and "Press Here" by Herve Tullet.-- Emily via email
We love Mo Willems! Another recommendation that we've recently purchases is "Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs" -- also great for parents! Our older child likes book series, and we've recently started the "39 Clues" series, about an orphaned sister and brother who are in a world-wide scavenger hunt to find the truth about their powerful family. It takes kids all over the world and into different cultures, and explores facts about different people in history.-- Marina via email
The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbit is my all-time favorite chapter book. I think it is overshadowed by Tuck Everlasting (another great book!) but truly, it is such a wonderful adventure story. I gift it to every child I know!Sarah Shoemaker
@kojoshow A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears = best kids book EVER. Great lessons, still makes me LOL. #kojoreadsSara G.
@kojoshow for the younger crowd: the llama llama books, I Don't Want To Go To Bed!, and Over In The Ocean. My preschool students LOVE them!Ann McIntyre
"A Wrinkle in Time," Madeline L'Engle - I read this about age 12. It was the first book that made me think we might not be alone in this universe. Very powerful. -- Susan via email
Hi! I'm an American University student who just took a children s lit course. We had to read young adult fiction novel "Elijah of Buxton." It was incredible.-- Emily via email
I have two kids, ages 14 and 17, who loved, loved, loved "Life of Pi." -- Beth via email
Do you know the book "Love You Forever" RT @kojoshow: Any books from your youth that you pull out and revisit this time of year? #kojoreadsBonnie Taub-Dix
@kojoshow Love giving Pat the Bunny for the babies #kojoreadsLucy Cunningham
@kojoshow bump for Tatterhood! FANTASTIC collection of world tales of empowered girls EVERYONE should read!Ann McIntyre
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