Books for the holidays: Numerous books would make great stocking stuffers for young audiences
• “Princess Academy: Palace of Stone,” by Shannon Hale (grades 5 and up)
• "Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” by Jeff Kinney (grades 5 and up)
• “Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life,” by Wendy Mass (grades 6-8)
• “The False Prince,” by Jennifer Nielsen (grades 4-8)
• Are the text and illustrations accurate and authentic? Check date and credibility of author and/or editors.
• Is the subject one in which the child has expressed interest?
• Is the content within the reader’s ability?
• "Ladybug,” by Emery Bernhard, illustrated by Durga Bernhard (grades 1-4)
• “Buffalo Hunt,” by Russell Freedman (grades 3-6)
• “Book of Dinosaurs,” by Ray Bryant (grades 1-3)
• “Shadow Life: The Story of Anne Frank and Her Family,” by Barry Deneberg, (grades 6-8)
• “Nic Bishop Snakes,” by Nic Bishop (grades 1-3)
• “The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure,” by Martin W. Sandler (grades 5-7)
• “Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller,” by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Matt Tavares (grades 1-4)
• “Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure,” by Matthew Reinhart (grades 3-7)
• Does each in the series stand on its own or must the books be read in sequence?
• Is content within the understanding level of the intended reader?
• Does each contain adventure and action enough to maintain interest?
• Heroes of Olympus and Kane Chronicles, by Rick Riordon (grades 5 and up)
• Maze Runner, by James Dashner (grades 5 and up)
Books “outside the box”
These are books for readers who like something unusual.
• “Look Look Again!” by John O’Brien (grades 4 and up)
Thirty illustrated stories that unfold in comic-style panels telling an ongoing plot about characters that the reader must connect in some way. This is full of puns and cartoon conventions for humor and fun.
• “Hang Glider and Mud Mask,” by Jason Jagel and Brian McMullen (grades 1-4)
Here’s a book with two front covers whose story meets in the middle while the story is resolved at the opposing cover. Sounds like a puzzle? It is — with lots of fun included in deciding what goes where.
• For children who need ideas for projects “Craft-A-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects” by Sarah Goldschadt is just the thing. From toys to cooking, garlands to T-shirts, there’s something here for children in grades 1 through 6.
• Two books for the scribblers on the shopping list are “The Puppets Doodle Book” (learning to draw the favorite Muppet characters) and “Fill in the Blank.” Part sketchbook, part design and doodling book, this will fill the bill when someone says, “I’m bored!”