Children's Books for Year Round Gift Giving
Share a book with a child and give them the key to reading, learning and discovering, and the joy of being a lifelong reader. Chicago Public Library suggests these books as wonderful gifts for the special kids in your life any time of the year.
Submit a photo of the way your family learns and plays using activities received at Bookamania or our monthly activities. These can be submitted to us at Bookamania@chipublib.org between November 23, 2013-January 1, 2014 and we will post them on Flickr. One lucky family will receive a bag of all the books featured at Bookamania this year.
By Mac Barnett & Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Matthew Myers
Simon & Schuster, Ages 5-8
A boy uses creativity and a pencil to turn a sweet story about a surprise party for Birthday Bunny into a thriller about Battle Bunny’s plans for world domination.
The Day the Crayons Quit
By Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Philomel, Ages 3-7
Duncan’s crayons are so unhappy that they are writing him letters to explain just what needs to change before they will agree to go back to work.
By Barbara M. Joosse, illustrated by Hyewon Yum
Viking, Ages 3-5
Gramma visits with a few surprise guests to entertain her imaginative grandchild.
Kiki: My Stylish Life
By Kyla May
Scholastic, Ages 6-8
FACT: Kiki loves fashion, especially writing and drawing about it in her journal.
My Life as a Cartoonist
By By Janet Tashjian, illustrated by Jake Tashjian
Holt, Ages 9-12
Derek wants to be friends with Umberto, the new boy in class who uses a wheelchair, because they both are cartoonists, but Umberto is not interested.
Niño Wrestles the World
By Yuyi Morales
Roaring Brook, Ages 4-8
Put your hands together for spectacular, one-of-a-kind Niño! No villain is too tough for this tiny lucha libre wrestler…..except maybe two!
Open This Little Book
By Jesse Klausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee
Chronicle, Ages 4-7
Ladybug, Frog, Rabbit, Bear and Giant have fun reading together in this book within a book within a book.
Picture Day Perfection
By Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Santat
Abrams, Ages 5-9
One boy’s quest for the perfect picture takes an unexpected turn.
Count the Monkeys
By Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Disney, Ages 3-6
How can you count the monkeys when all the other animals keep scaring them off?
The Glitter Trap
By Barbara Brauner & James Iver Mattson, illustrated by Abigail Halpin
Disney, Ages 9- 12
Already struggling with sixth grade and her embarrassing name, Lacey Unger-Ware (rhymes with “underwear”) winds up as fairy godmother to the most popular girl in school after a mishap with glitter glue.
The Flying Beaver Brothers series
By Maxwell Eaton III
Knopf, Ages 6-9
In this graphic novel series, it’s up to brothers Ace and Bub to defend Beaver Island from the outrageous evil plots concocted by a variety of nefarious animal foes.
The Misadventures of the Magician’s Dog
By Frances Sackett
Holiday House, Ages 9-11
While his father serves in the Middle East, Peter brings home a dog that could turn his anger into magic.
Star Wars: Jedi Academy
By Jeffrey Brown
Scholastic, Ages 8-12
Explore Roan Novachez’s universe as he navigates the ups and downs of a new school: Coruscant Jedi Academy.
All Through My Town
By Jean Reidy, illustrated by Leo Timmers
Bloomsbury, Ages 2-6
Zip around town with Rabbit and his mother on a busy day of errands and fun.
By Rebecca O’Connell, illustrated by Susie Poole
Albert Whitman, Ages 1-4
Babies, babies everywhere!!
Cozy Light, Cozy Night
By Elisa Kleven
Creston, Ages 4-7
Cozy places and spaces can be found all around you in this rhyming ode to family togetherness.
I Spy on the Farm
By Edward Gibbs
Templar, Ages Birth-5
How many different animals can you find that live on the farm?
Penny and Her Marble
By Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow, Ages 4-8
Penny finds a marble and takes it home, but soon feels guilty for not seeking out it’s owner first.
Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street
By Mark Lee, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
Candlewick, Ages 3- 7
Count each of the different trucks that become part of a huge traffic jam after an ice cream truck breaks down and blocks the street. How will the town solve this mess?
Anna Was Here
By Jane Kurtz
Greenwillow, Ages 8- 10
After her family leaves the big city behind, Anna shares many tips to adjusting to life in a small town.
Cheetah Can’t Lose
By Bob Shea
Balzer & Bray, Ages 4-8
Can two clever kittens outsmart the fastest animal in the world to win the race?
By Eric Carle
Philomel, Ages 3-6
When a boy’s friend moves away, he travels through a river, a mountain, a forest and more to find her again.
How to Train a Train
By Jason Carter Eaton, illustrated by John Rocco
Candlewick, Ages 4-8
Learn the ins and outs of acquiring and caring for your new pet train.
Mitchell Goes Bowling
By Hallie Durand, illustrated by Tony Fucile
Candlewick, Ages 3-7
After his dad gets a strike at the bowling alley and rubs it in with his steamin’-hot- potato dance, Mitchell is determined to get a strike, too. Battle on!
Pest in Show
By Victoria Jamieson
Dial, Ages 4- 8
Lady Bug and her pesky little brother Fly compete for the lead in the backyard show.
P.S. Be Eleven
By Rita Williams-Garcia
Amistad, Ages 9-12
Delphine, Vonnetta and Fern return to Brooklyn after visiting their revolutionary mother, and test out their budding feminism in their father's traditional home in this sequel to One Crazy Summer.
The Quirks: Welcome to Normal
By Erin Soderberg, illustrated by Kelly Light
Bloomsbury, Ages 8-10
The very ordinary town of Normal, Michigan may not be the best place for the Quirk family whose magical powers can bring the imaginary to life.
The Year of Billy Miller
By Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow, Ages 6-8
Follow Billy Miller through his year of seemingly everyday experiences that readers will find significant, sometimes dramatic and always extraordinary.
Busy-Busy Little Chick
By Janice Harrington, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
FSG, Ages 2-6
This busy little chick helps his hungry Mama Nsoso and chilly-cold siblings by building a new house in this retelling of a central African folktale.
Señor Pancho Had a Rancho
By René Colato Laínez, illustrated by Elwood Smith
Holiday House, Ages 3-6
Sing and learn animal sounds in Spanish and English with this energetic bilingual reinvention of “Old McDonald.”
By Joe Raposo, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Holt, Ages 3-7
This classic song of self-expression is brought to life with beautiful illustrations.
The Bat Scientists
By Mary Kay Carson, photographs by Tom Uhlman
HMH, Ages 8-12
Follow Dr. Tuttle as he and his team at Bat Conservation International shed light on the habits and problems facing these nocturnal creatures in the newest installment of the Scientists in the Field series.
Dinosaurology: The Search for a Lost World
Candlewick, Ages 8-13
An expedition to South America reveals an unexpected find – living dinosaurs.
Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World
By Laurie Lawlor, illustrated by Laura Beingessner
Holiday House, Ages 7-10
Uncover the true story behind the woman who started the environmental movement.
Welcome to Your Awesome Robot
By Viviane Schwarz
Nobrow, All Ages
Learn how to create your very own robot with easy to find recycled material.
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
By Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
Holt, Ages 5-8
Elizabeth Blackwell’s determination, even as a little girl, helped her become the first woman doctor in spite of the many challenges from men and women alike.