My method of picking out good books for my children has a lot to do with looking at the cover, reading the blurbs on the back and winging it. Which, as you can imagine, has mixed results.
A couple of years ago I bought a book for my younger son that turned out to be horribly depressing with the protagonist committing suicide. My son hasn’t let me forget it.
So I find recommendations from youth services librarians to be invaluable for gift buying around the holidays. Today’s recommendations and descriptions come courtesy of Audrey Kantner, youth services coordinator for Easton Area Public Library.
“I Love My Daddy” by Giles Andreae. “A father and child enjoy special time together playing on the swings, singing and dancing, having snacks and cuddling.” Ages 1-5.
“One Perfect Day” by Steve Purcell will satisfy Disney fans looking for a little adventure. This picture book illustrates a day in the life of Princess Merida from the movie “Brave.” Ages 3 and up.
“Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears?” by Carmela La Vigna Coyle. Ages 3 and up.
“What to Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot” by Michelle Robinson advises the reader on how to handle encounters with various animals in the jungle where a mistake in trying to avoid one can attract the attention of another. This picture book is sure to please families looking for a good laugh. Ages 3-6.
“Return of the First Avenger” by Michael Siglain is a beginner book for Captain America fans. “Avengers, Assemble!” by Tomas Palacios introduces the members of the Avengers team. “These Are the Avengers” by Thomas Macri describes the powers and skills of the Avengers team. For ages 4-7.
"Pokemon Adventures” by Kidenori Kusaka is sure to be a hit with young graphic novel readers. Trainers battle their pokemon creatures. Ages 7 and up.
The “Lunch Lady” series is a humorous hit with graphic novel readers who like adventure but aren’t super-hero fans. “Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes” is one of our most popular books right now. Ages 7 and up.
The “Survivor” series by Erin Hunter (who writes the ever-popular Warriors series). Told from the perspective of Lucky, a dog who survives an earthquake, this adventure story is sure to please adventurers with a passion for animal stories. Ages 8 and up.
The “Big Nate” series by Lincoln Peirce out-circulates the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” ever so slightly. While Greg has bad luck that keeps us laughing, Nate engages in mischief that keeps us saying, ‘Oh, no he didn’t!’ Ages 8 and up.
“Justice League Unlimited” series by Adam Beechen is a compilation of Justice League stories. For ages 9-11.
“Dork Diaries” series by Rachel Renee Russell is a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” for girls, but with more teen angst. Ages 10-13.
“Last Dragon Chronicles” by Chris D’Lacey is a big hit with dragon fans. Ages 10 and up.