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Whether indulging your favorite kid with a new graphic novel or starting a home library for a new baby, books make the perfect gift. Here’s a few of our favorites from a fantastic year in books.


Home Library Worthy – books to read again and again


child reading a scroll and dreaming

  If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall     

  Gorgeous illustrations depict diversity on Earth. You will lose yourself in these pages!

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people of various body types in bathing suits

   Bodies are Cool by Tyler Feder

   Celebrate bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities with playfully rhyming text and colorful pictures. Finally, a body positivity book for young readers.

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girl and cat looking out a window with plants on the sill

   Outside, Inside by LeYuen Pham

   A compassionate chronicle of the pandemic that honors change, loss, and growth through simple text and beautiful illustrations.

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For Littles – books to spark a life-long love of stories


dog and cat against an orange background

  Yes & No by Elisha Cooper

  A charming day in the life of a kitten and a puppy from Caldecott Honor winner Elisha Cooper.

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children and animals romping through grass

   We All Play by Julie Flett

   A joyous book about play time and children's connections to the natural world.

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two children standing; one is a wheelchair

   I Will!: A Book of Promises by Juana Medina

   A bright, colorful book of positive affirmations to build self-esteem and kindness.

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one bear spooning honey to a baby bear

   Honey for You, Honey for Me: a First Book of Nursery Rhymes compiled by Michael Rosen, Illustrated by Chris Riddell

  Freshly illustrated favorites will delight the little one in your life.

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Fantastic Read-alouds – chapter books the whole family will love


child in profile with title overlaid

   Stamped (for Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You adapted by Sonja Cherry-Paul

   Adapted from the bestseller "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You," this vital yet entertaining historical narrative will spark meaningful discussion.

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girl holding a book and petting a goat in front of a tree

   The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

   A young girl, hunted by the king, is found in a monastery where she is nursed back to health by a monk. So begins an epic medieval tale

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skunk and badger standing at the door

   Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, illustrations by Jon Klassen

   Skunk and Badger, and its sequel Egg Marks the Spot, is a timeless tale of unexpected friendship and true companionship.

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mother standing behind table with boy peeking out under the tablecloth

   The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Eugene Yelchin

   At once hilarious and harrowing, Yelchin’s account of growing up in the U.S.S.R. will entertain as much as it intrigues.

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Graphic Novels – to make you the coolest gift giver ever.


dog licking a girl's face

   Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd, illustrated by Michelle Mee Nutter

   Maggie is finally allowed to choose a pet, which is tricky because she is allergic to fur and feathers. For fans of Raina Telgemeier graphic novels

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girl looking into the sea at a selki who is looking back at her

   The Girl from the Sea by Molly Ostertag

   From the author of The Witch Boy series comes a compassionate story of first love, secrets, and courage.

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girl with a garlic bulb for a head walking through a forest

   Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen

   Garlic confronts her fears in this heartwarming and humorous tale. For fantasy lovers…

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two cartoon alligators standing in water with a plunger

   Investigators by John Green

   Dogman fans will delight in the crime-solving antics of this fresh new detective series.

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For Grown-ups – gorgeously illustrated picture books that adults will love as much as kids


silhouettes of whales against a solid background

   The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas by María García Esperón, illustrated by Amanda Mijangos

   Lose yourself in this collection of stories from Indigenous Nations from Argentina to Alaska.

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brightly illustrated mushrooms against a solid background

   Fungarium by D.L. Hawksworth, Illustrated by Katie Scott

   Explore the remarkable, not to mention gorgeous, world of fungi and vital role they play in medicine, agriculture and the environment. 

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illuminated carousel with woodland animals milling around

   The Midnight Fair by Gieon Sterer, illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio

    After the carnival closes to human visitors, the animals get their turn. Spend an evening in color-soaked pages of pure fantasy.

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