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Books: Noteworthy Reads for the Holiday Season

10 new reads from notable authors.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

1 | Flo & Wendell
By William Wegman. $16.99.
Wegman’s famed Weimaraners make an appearance in this wry, sweetly illustrated picture book about “dramatic” Flo and her little brother, Wendell. Grades PreK–2.

2 | Friends
By Eric Carle. $17.99.
Carle’s signature swirls and splashes of saturated color illustrate his latest story, about a boy’s mad dash through forests and over mountains to reunite with his best friend. Grades PreK–1.

3 | Snowflakes Fall
By Patricia MacLach-lan, illustrated by Steven Kellogg. $17.99.
This book of lovely seasonal stories is a tribute to the children of Sandy Hook (Kellogg was a longtime resident). A literacy fund benefits. Grades PreK–1.

4 | STAT #4: Schooled
By Amar’e Stoudemire. $5.99.
Kids will love this insider look at basketball as they follow 11-year-old Amar’e on and off the court. Fourth in a series by the captain of the New York Knicks. Grades 3–7.

5 | Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter
By Megan McDonald, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. $14.99.
McDonald (Judy Moody) teams with Karas for this early chapter book about two insect friends. Grades K–3.

6 | Ann and Nan Are Anagrams
By Mark Shulman, illustrated by Adam McCauley. $16.99.
McCauley’s wacky illos (Wayside School) complement Shulman’s prose in this “hidden”
anagram adventure. Grades 1–4.

7 | The Animal Book
By Steve Jenkins. $21.99.
Jenkins, a Caldecott Honor winner, outdoes himself with a cleverly categorized animal encyclopedia (Lures, Copycats, Siblings) done in his trademark torn-paper style. Grades 4–8.

8 | Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things
By Cynthia Voigt, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno. $16.99.
Lost parents, dogs, a case of mistaken identity—12-year-old Max, “Solutioneer,” has his hands full in Voigt’s latest. Grades 4–7.

9 | Year of the Jungle
By Suzanne Collins, illustrated by James Proimos. $17.99.
The idlings of childhood are mixed with anxiety when “Little Sue’s” dad goes to Vietnam. From Hunger Games author Collins. Grades K–2.

10 | Flora & Ulysses
By Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K. G. Campbell. $17.99.
DiCamillo again finds heroism in the unlikeliest of places: a literate squirrel, a preteen “cynic,” an unassuming janitor. Not just for kids. Grades 3–7.

 

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