Our Favorite Kids Books

Here are some of our staff's favorite recent reads for kids! 

The Very, Very Far North Cover Image
By Dan Bar-el, Kelly Pousette (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534433427
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

This is a perfect read-aloud for the whole family. I read it with my son and we both loved it and have since given it as gifts to almost every family we know! It's a bit reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh. Each chapter is its own adventure, each character uniquely quirky. This is bound to become a classic! The sequel - Just Beyond the Very Far North - is JUST as wonderful. 

Recommended by Becky for kids ages 7-12


Birdie and Me Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780399186783
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Published: Puffin Books - February 16th, 2021

Jack and Birdie have lost their mother and are bounced between two uncles who couldn't be more different - especially their approach to brother Birdie's preference for glitter and boas. Exquisite portrayal of family! 

Recommended by Christy for kids ages 10 and up. 

 

 

 


The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge Cover Image
By M. T. Anderson, Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781536213096
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Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2020

There is a long history of war and anger between elves and goblins, and it's up to two well-mannered scholars to figure it all out. Anderson's writing is hilarious and Yelchin's art is beautiful. This book just keeps rolling and keeps you guessing. 

Recommended by Kevin for kids ages 10-13


Lawrence: The Bunny Who Wanted to Be Naked Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525646655
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 21st, 2020

This is a great scream of a picture book! Any book for kids that has the line "Mommy must be stopped!" is genius story-telling in my humble opinion. 

Recommended by Suzanne for kids ages 3-7


If You Come to Earth Cover Image
By Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452137797
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2020

If this book does not draw you in on the gorgeous art alone, just open it and randomly read any page. Read the author's notes for bonus cry! 

Recommended by Mary for kids ages 5-8


In a Jar Cover Image
By Deborah Marcero, Deborah Marcero (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525514596
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

Not only are the illustrations in this book vivid - the story will also draw you in. Evelyn and Llewellyn are collectors of the right kind of "things" - including friends. 

Recommended by Mary for kids ages 3 to 7


All the Ways to Be Smart Cover Image
By Davina Bell, Allison Colpoys (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781947534964
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Published: Scribble Us - September 3rd, 2019

Books like this one are so important when schools and society often tell kids that there is only one, standardized way to be smart. This book celebrates diverse gifts and remains funny, exuberant, and charming. 

Recommended by Suzi for kids ages 3-6


Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493888
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

Eva is a semi-magical witch who uses creativity and imagination in tandem with what magic she does have to help the people of her town. Another great read-aloud for the family. My son and I are anxiously awaiting the sequel! 

Recommended by Becky for kids ages 8-12

 


The Water Bears Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984852205
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 21st, 2020

On Murphy Island, everything is eccentric. But Newt Gomez just wants to be normal...shake the bad dreams that persist about the bear attack he survived, to not be the only Latinx in his town. And then there's the bear statue that might grant wishes... 

A new novel by our long-time friend and Ballard author, Kim Baker! 

Recommended by Christy for kids ages 9-12


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The Silver Arrow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316539531
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

First kid's book by Lev Grossman, author of the Magicians trilogy. This was such a fun read aloud adventure. My six-year-old absolutely loved it and we both laughed our way through most of it. Two kids are gifted a magical train by their uncle and embark on an adventure that teaches them responsibility - both for their own choices and for the environment. It's delightful, and not a bit heavy-handed. 

Recommended by Becky for kids ages 8-12


Root Magic Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062899576
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Published: Walden Pond Press - January 5th, 2021

Set in the South in the 1960's - this middle grade book hits all the high notes. It's educational, full of magic, and delightfully spooky. Jez is one of the best kid characters that I've encountered in a long time. This book celebrates family, empathy, and kindness. 

Recommended by Becky for kids ages 8-12


Spindlefish and Stars Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316496018
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

A middle-grade read (ages 8-12) and one that definitely does not condescend to it's readers. The writing was stunning, poetic, and a delight to read aloud to my son. It's a book that creates a whole new mythology about the creation and maintenance of the world. Full of puzzles and mystery. 

Recommended by Becky for kids ages 8-12


Sky Song Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534438552
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Published: Aladdin - November 17th, 2020

If you love "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" then check out this new stand-alone fantasy epic by Abi Elphinstone. This book was so much fun from start to finish. It had us on the edge of our seats. 

Recommended by Becky for kids ages 8-12


Snapdragon Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250171115
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Published: First Second - February 4th, 2020

A gift to read! Fun magic, queer elders, and a wonderful friendship, this graphic novel is for animal lovers, witches, and adventurous kids. Great for ages 9-13. Recommended by Iris.


The House That Wasn't There Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062937063
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Published: Walden Pond Press - March 30th, 2021

A sweet, moving story about a hesitant boy and a confident girl who are brought together by some strange coincidences. With a little strangeness and magic in the mix, there's so much to love about this book! 

For ages 8-12. Recommended by Becky

 


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