Children's & Teen Recommended Books

Here are our staff's recommendations for children and teens. There's something for every age group.  Some of our most recent picks are listed below.

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Picture Books

Young Readers (Ages 6-9)

Older Child Readers (Ages 10-13)

Teen Readers

Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes Cover Image
By Elizabeth Hammill (Editor), Various (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763677299
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 10th, 2015

Enchanting, comprehensive, surprising and glorious. I would use these words to describe this new collection of nursery rhymes. Familiar as well as fresh new verses from around the world are magnificently illustrated by more than 70 artists. Each page is a delight for the ear and eye, making the book a true treasury for every household, and the perfect baby gift.

All ages. - Carol


Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619634855
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 24th, 2015

Signed first editions available.

This is a wonderfully satisfying conclusion to the Princess Academy books. We have come to love spunky, creative, and even fierce Miri who stands up to injustice and finds ways to right wrongs. Now she is sent, against her wishes, to a remote, swampy area to tutor three sisters in etiquette as well as academics, but basic survival takes priority. When a mysterious past begins to unravel, all of Miri's talents are tested. Ages 10-14. - Carol.

Masterminds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062299963
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 3rd, 2015

Signed first editions available. 

Well-developed characters, a thriller plot  that starts quietly and ratchets up the tension and paranoia - to read Masterminds is to know why Gordon Korman ends up again and again on kids' best-loved books lists.  Serenity is the perfect town, isn't it? When a group of determined kids start peeking behind the façade, walls start to crumble.  Ages 9+. - Rosemary

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Lowriders in Space, Book 1 Cover Image
By Cathy Camper, Raul the Third (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452128696
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - November 4th, 2014

An impala, an octopus, and a mosquito make a quirky but exuberant band of friends with a dream – pooling their talents to win a car detailing contest and open their own garage. With Spanish mixed in (and translated), their journey into space makes their car truly cosmic. Pick up a bit of knowledge on cars and astronomy at the same time.  Ages 6+. - Rosemary

Midwinterblood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250040077
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Published: Square Fish - April 22nd, 2014

The year is 2073 when a visitor comes to a very remote island. It is a stunningly, disturbingly perfect place. No one even ages. In seven stories going back, way back, in time we see a painter, vampire, Viking, and others that are connected to this island and bound in some way by an agonizing love. Ages 14+. - Carol.

Nightbird Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385389587
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - March 10th, 2015

A charming and magical adventure about a 12-year-old girl named Twig, red moons, pink apple pie and a 200-year-old spell!  Mysterious but not too scary, this sweet, enchanting tale is ultimately about acceptance, forgiveness and love.  Ages 10+. - Abbe

A Wonderful Year Cover Image
By Nick Bruel, Nick Bruel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436114
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 6th, 2015

An adventurous girl and a purple hippo named Louise make the most of the year. As seasons change, perhaps not ALL goes as planned. But imagination and true friends always help you make the most of it.

Nick's bold palette and gentle sensibilities are on full display. The creator of Bad Kitty can do no wrong. Ages 4+. - Rosemary

Bink and Gollie: Two for One Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763633615
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - June 12th, 2012

Three cheers, Bink and Gollie are back!  The creative trio, consisting of writers DiCamillo and McGhee and animator Tony Fucile, return after winning the 2011 Geisel for their first collaboration.  Three new episodes offer more delectable vocabulary supported by humorous illustrations.  State Fair lovers will delight in the chosen setting for the chapters depicting a wonderful friendship. - Linda 

The Black Reckoning Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375868726
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2015

The conclusion to The Books of Beginning trilogy is bittersweet.  I had to race to the end to find out what happens to the characters I've come to love, but dreaded saying goodbye.  As always, Stephens recaps past events well, and weaves a fast-paced tale with both beloved friends and new allies and enemies.  This set ranks at the top of children's fantasy series, and is a must read for Harry Potter and Phillip Pullman fans. Ages 9+.  - Rosemary

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