The Holiday Book Guide: Kids Edition

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Maurice Sendak, author of "Where the Wild Things Are," once said, "Kids don't know about bestsellers. They go for what they enjoy." We'll discuss what new books kids are enjoying and what classic books still endure. What kids' books are popular in your house? What children's books make good gifts?

Recommendations from Our Guests

Suggestions from Lauren Savage

Books That Are Popular for Reading Aloud

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers


LeUyen Pham, illustrator of children's books including "Grace for President," "Freckleface Strawberry" and "Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters"

Lauren Savage, owner of The Reading Bug, a children's bookstore and event space in San Carlos

Amy Martin, children's collection librarian at the Oakland Public Library


Superworm by Julia Donaldson

Princess in Black by Shannon & Dean Hale Illustrated by Leuyen Pham

26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Middle Grade (ages 9-12)

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Toys: Amazing Stories Behind Great Inventions by Don Wulffson and Laurie Keller (non fiction)

Young Adult (ages 14+)

The Young World by Chris Weitz

Suggestions from LeUyen Pham

Picture Books

Bear's Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud

Weasels by Elys Dolan

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Early Chapter Books

Origami Yoda Series by Tom Angleberger

Stars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin

Chapter Books

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

The Ascendance Triology by Jennifer Nielsen

Young Adult

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Everyday by David Levithan

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jackie Woodsen

Graphic Novels

Smile and Sisters:The Box Set by Raina Telgemeier

Astronaut Academy by Dave Roman

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault


Listener Suggestions

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

All the Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Alphabet Soup by Kate Banks

Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton

Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin (picture book)

The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths By Ingri and Edgar d'Aulaire

The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Bus-a-saurus Bop by Diane Z. Shore/p>

Chi's Sweet Home series by Kanata Konami

The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin

Choose Your Own Adventure series by Edward Packard>

The Christmas Gift by Francisco Jimenez

Cynthia Rylant's books<

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin (picture books)

Drummer Hoff by Barbara Emberley

Elephant and Piggy series by Mo Willems

Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstien

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (non-fiction)

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

The Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel

The Good Dog by Todd Kessler

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Great by Sara Benincasa (young adult)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Jez Alborough books

Julia's House For Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Lost Things by Shaun Tan

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne

Miss Maple Seeds by Eliza Wheeler

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Neighborhood Sharks> by Katherine Roy

Noggin by John Corey Whaley (young adult

Officer Buckle and Gloria By Peggy Rathmann/p>

Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

The Pet Washer by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Piggy and Elephant series by Mo Willems (graphic novel)

Pirates Don't Change Diapers by Melinda Long

The Rainbow Goblins by Ul de Rico

Redwall series by Brian Jaques

Roald Dahl Books

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Sardines in Outer Space by Emmanuel Guibert (graphic novel)

Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin (picture book)

The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

Skippyjon Jones Books by Judy Schachner

The Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy

The Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner

Starfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Todd Parr Books

The Very Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Weasels by Elys Dolan (picture book)

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Yotsuba&! series by Kiyohiko Azuma

You Read to Me, I'll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman