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Best Books for Kids

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Best Books for Kids

From board books to picture books and all the way to their first novels, kids will get hooked on these new classics.

"I'm Not Sleepy!" by Jonathan Allen
Does your child fight sleep? Read her the story of Baby Owl, a small fluff of feathers who refuses to admit he is sleepy despite large yawns and heavy eyelids.
Age: Baby to 3 years old

"The Day the Crayons Quit," by Drew Daywalt
We've all had a tough day at work, but Duncan's crayons have had enough! They each leave Duncan a letter detailing the ways they have been wronged. The illustrations and hilarious storyline will entertain readers of all ages.
Age: 3 to 7 years old

"Exclamation Mark," by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
It's never too early to learn punctuation basics. Follow Exclamation Mark as he finds his place in the world. He doesn't fit in anywhere he goes. But with the help of Question Mark, he learns that standing out isn't such a bad thing.
Age: 4 to 8 years old

"Nightsong," by Ari Berk
Gorgeous illustrations help tell the story of Chiro, a young bat leaving home for his first solo adventure. This touching tale follows Chiro as he explores and learns to trust himself. In the end, the most important lesson is that you can always find your way home.
Age: 4 to 8 years old

"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Lessmore," by William Joyce
This tale was the inspiration for an Academy Award-winning short film. It follows the life of Mr. Lessmore and his love of books. The stories become his friends, and throughout his life, they are his trusted companions. The thoughtful storyline and entrancing artwork make his world come to life.
Age: 4 to 8 years old

"The Lost Stone," by Jordan Quinn
Beginning readers will love Lucas, the 8-year-old prince of the Kingdom of Wrenly. He is an only child who is not allowed to associate with the village children. But one day, lonely Lucas makes friends with Clara, the daughter of Queen Tasha's dressmaker. Together, the two new friends search the magical kingdom, filled with trolls, fairies and mermaids, to find the queen's missing emerald pendant.
Age: 4 to 8 years old

"The Fenway Foul-Up," David A. Kelly
Mystery, baseball and thrills abound in this early chapter book series. We join Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins for their first adventure as they attend a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. When a lucky bat belonging to Sox star slugger Big D is stolen, it's up to the cousins and their All Access passes to find the bat before the Sox lose the game.
Age: 6 to 10 years old

"In a Blink," by Kiki Thorpe
This is the first installment of the "Never Girls" series and is a spinoff from the Disney Fairies. Kate, Mia, Lainey and Gabby accidentally receive their biggest wish—visiting Never Land. The lost girls are left in the care of a cantankerous Tinker Bell until Queen Clarion can figure out how to send them home. This early chapter book series will certainly hook your little reader.
Age: 6 to 10 years old

"Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye," by Geronimo Stilton
When he's not pursuing adventures with his sister Thea, Geronimo Stilton runs the Mouse Island newspaper. He also writes best-sellers filled with what he promises are "whisker-licking good stories." In his first book, Geronimo is swept up in Thea's trek to a faraway island in search of a secret treasure.
Age: 6 to 10 years old

"The Notebook of Doom #1: Rise of the Balloon Goons," by Troy Cummings
After moving to a new town, Alexander discovers an old notebook with the word "DOOM" written on it. The book is filled with top-secret information about monsters. The first monsters Alexander faces are spooky balloon goons!
Age: 6 to 10 years old

"File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents," by Lemony Snicket
Solve mysteries alongside a young Lemony Snicket. As a member of a secret organization, he must investigate each suspicious event as it occurs. Be it food theft, violent vandalism or supernatural occurrences, Lemony Snicket gives you all the details so you can test your wits. Check your conclusions against the reports kept separately in the back of the book.
Age: 8 to 12 years old

"Hope is a Ferris Wheel," by Robin Herrera
Star Mackie is a 10-year-old starting at a new school. As if that weren't stressful enough, her classmates are less than accepting when they learn she lives in a trailer park. She is also dealing with a flaky mom, tough family finances and an older sister coping with a teen pregnancy. But when she starts a poetry club, she finds support and acceptance through her club members and Emily Dickinson.
Age: 8 to 12 years old

"The School for Good and Evil," by Soman Chainani
At the School for Good and Evil, children are trained to be fairy-tale heroes and villains. When Sophie and Agatha are kidnapped and dropped at the school, Sophie assumes that her good looks and pink dresses make her a shoo-in for a fairytale princess. On the other hand, she's certain Agatha will be placed in the School of Evil because of her black wardrobe, wicked pet cat and dislike of nearly everyone. The confusion and mysteries begin when Sophie is sent to the "evil" school and Agatha to the "good" school.
Age: 8 to 12 years old

"Wildwood," by Colin Meloy
Crows have stolen Prue's baby brother Mac and taken him into the Impassable Wilderness. Prue and her friend Curtis embark on an adventure into the treacherous woods to save Mac. No one has entered the forest, or at least no one's returned to talk about it. Along the way, Prue and Curtis become mixed up in the struggle for the freedom of the wilderness known as Wildwood.
Age: 8 to 12 years old

"Battling Boy," by Paul Pope
Acropolis is overrun by monsters that steal children and spirit them away into the underworld in this graphic novel. The monsters' only match is a genius vigilante—but unfortunately, he's dead. The people's last hope is a 12-year-old boy who is about to find out he's a demigod. Battle Boy is in for the adventure of a lifetime in this graphic novel.
Age: 10 to 15 years old