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2013 Kids and Young Adult Winter Reading

Looking for last minute inspiration for the good little kids and teens on your holiday gift list? We've got suggestions for the littlest readers and most mature young adults. Join us as we explore titles that would win over all young readers, voracious and reluctant alike.

Best Children's And Young Adult Books

Notable picture books, novels and nonfiction books for children, middle graders and young adults.

Heidi Powell's Picks

Big Snow
by Jonathan Bean

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

by John Lewis

Hostage Three
by Nick Lake

by Uri Shulevitz

Edie Ching's Picks

Picture Books

Image of Mr. Wuffles!
by David Wiesner
Clarion Books

Image of An Otis Christmas
by Loren Long

For Readers in Grades 2-4

Image of Locomotive
by Brian Floca
Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books

Image of The Year of Billy Miller
by Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow Books

For Middle Readers

Image of Invasion
by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Press

Image of P.S. Be Eleven
by Rita Williams-Garcia

Image of Zebra Forest
by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

For Older Readers (grades 9 and up)

Image of Boxers & Saints Boxed Set
by Gene Luen Yang
First Second

Image of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
by Meg Medina

For the Whole Family

Image of Matilda
by Roald Dahl
Penguin Audio

Erica Perl's Picks

Image of The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt

Image of Secret Pizza Party
by Adam Rubin

Image of When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
by Laban Carrick Hill
Roaring Brook Press

Image of Parrots Over Puerto Rico
by Susan L. Roth, Cindy Trumbore
Lee & Low Books

Image of Battle Bunny
by Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Image of Crabtree
McSweeney's McMullens

Image of Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Image of Romeo and Juliet
by Gareth Hinds

Image of Seven Stories Up
by Laurel Snyder
Random House Books for Young Readers

Image of Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase
by Jonathan Stroud

Image of Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin's Griffin


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