Do you need a last-minute gift idea for a young person in your life? Check out some of these staff favorites!

Mindy (Board Books):

ABC Universe (American Museum of Natural History ABC Series)

From an astronaut in space to Voyager, yellow dwarf, and zenith, this ABC board book opens up the entire universe to children! Created in tandem with the American Museum of Natural History, it takes kids on a photographic journey through comets, flares, and planets like Jupiter, and introduces them to black holes, supernovas, telescopes, and more. — from Goodreads

Why the Face? by Jean Jullien

Invites young readers to guess what prompted each facial expression, in a book with pages that fold out to reveal the answer.

 


Find Colors by Tamara Shopsin and Jason Fulford

A colors book with no colors? Instead, die-cuts to peek through and find them yourself. This introduction to colors integrates the reader’s surroundings into carefully considered die-cut silhouettes, providing children the space to visually experiment. Readers will gaze around the room through a rooster-shaped hole in search of something red, through a sun-shaped hole for something yellow, through squiggly worms for something pink. Designed for the youngest readers, this sturdy board book features 12 die-cuts made to flip and carry on a color-seeking mission. Inspired by the Whitney Museum’s approach to looking at art, these books provide a new way to look at the world.

S is for Santa or D is for Dreidel by Greg Paprocki (Alphabet series)

Beautifully illustrated holiday books for toddlers.

 

Amy (Kids’ Fiction):

Lu (Track series #4) by Jason Reynolds

“Lu knows he can lead Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and the team to victory at the championships, but it might not be as easy as it seems. Suddenly, there are hurdles in Lu’s way–literally and not-so-literally–and Lu needs to figure out, fast, what winning the gold really means”– Provided by publisher.

Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?! (The Bad Guys series #7) by Aaron Blabey (new books coming Dec. 26 and summer 2019)

THE DAWN OF TIME! Nothing on Earth could rival the terrifying power of the DINOSAURS. Except maybe that Wolf over there…yeah, the one standing next to the Snake and the Shark and that other sardiney-looking thing. HUH?! This is ALL wrong. This is ALL bad. This is ALL awesome. It’s time to get your Jurassic on, baby. It’s time… for the BAD GUYS EPISODE 7! PLUS! Bonus pages! An exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into Mad Marmalade’s world!

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town — including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder — she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana’s and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.) — from Amazon.

Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers Book #1 by Andrea Beaty

When Rosie is unable to invent a contraption to help one of Aunt Rose’s Raucous Riveters friends, she calls on classmates Iggy Peck and Ada Twist to help.

The Penderwicks at Last (The Penderwicks series #5) by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwick family return to Arundel for Rosalind’s wedding, but Lydia, who has only heard stories of the grand estate, is eager to explore the place where her older siblings had endless adventures.

 

Megan (Easy Readers):

I Lost My Tooth! (Unlimited Squirrels series) by Mo Willems

In I Lost My Tooth!, Zoom Squirrel has lost his front tooth. The Squirrels leap to the rescue to find the lost tooth. When they discover it is a baby tooth that is lost, the stakes are even higher. What will become of the poor, lost, sad, hungry, baby tooth!? — from Goodreads

See Otto (Adventures of Otto series) by David Milgrim

Meet Otto, an excitable robot who seeks adventure — and finds it — when he falls off his spaceship and lands on Earth, directly in front of a very cranky rhinosaurus. Otto runs, but the rhino runs faster….Run, Otto, run! — from Goodreads

Noodleheads See the Future (Noodleheads Series) by Tedd Arnold

Although Mac and Mac are as hollow-headed as, well, noodles, they are certain Mom will bake them a cake if they gather some firewood for her. In the woods, they run into cousin Meatball, who tricks the Noodleheads out of their hard-earned kindling with imaginary clairvoyant powers. Oh no! Fortunately, the gullible Noodleheads unwittingly accomplish an even greater task for Mom–and earn their beloved cake, after all! — from Goodreads

Wallace and Grace take the Case (Wallace and Grace series) by Heather Alexander

In their first adventure, Wallace and Grace meet a rabbit who is sure he saw a ghost! But the clues lead them in a different direction. Something is spooking the garden . . . Can Wallace and Grace solve this case? — from Goodreads

The Missing Baseball (Zach and Zoe Mysteries) by Mike Lupica

Eight-year-old twins Zach and Zoe follow clues to find Zach’s missing baseball, signed by his favorite major league player, while competing in Spirit Week events at school.

 

Nate (Picture Books):

Square (Shapes trilogy) by Mac Barnett

This book is about Square. Square spends every day taking blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground. This book is also about Square’s friend Circle. Circle thinks Square is an artistic genius. But is he really? — from Goodreads

Little Brown by Marla Frazee

Little Brown is one cranky canine because no one ever plays with him at the dog park. Or maybe no one ever plays with him because he is cranky. Either way, Little Brown decides today is the day to take action, so he takes all of the toys and sticks and blankets from all of the dogs at the park and won’t give them back. But what will happen now? — from Goodreads

Dude! by Aaron Reynolds

Dude! You have to read this book. It’s totally about this platypus and this beaver who are friends. They want to go surfing but dude, there’s this shark who’s in the ocean, too. But don’t worry. This shark approaches and you’ll never guess what happens.

Love by Matt de la Peña

In this heartfelt celebration of love, Matt de la Peña and illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that’s soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age. — from Goodreads

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.

Jenna (Kids’ Non-Fiction)

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn’t come empty-handed. She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams…and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and five-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous new picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. — from Goodreads

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix

Interweaves graphic novel-style text and illustrations to tell the true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor who made the ultimate sacrifice to free the German people from the rule of Adolf Hitler.

How Tickles Saved Pickles by Maddie Johnson

Pickles is a pig, rescued as a wee one and now living it up at his forever home. But one day Pickles becomes very sick. His only hope? One big sow with an even bigger heart on a faraway farm…but will she get to Pickles in time? — from Goodreads

Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters

How can Irene and Charles work together on their fifth grade poetry project? They don’t know each other . . . and they’re not sure they want to. Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, use this fictional setup to delve into different experiences of race in a relatable way, exploring such topics as hair, hobbies, and family dinners. Accompanied by artwork from acclaimed illustrators Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, this remarkable collaboration invites readers of all ages to join the dialogue by putting their own words to their experiences. — from Goodreads

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum

Discover the incredible story of the search for life on Mars, told from the unique perspective of Curiosity, the Mars Rover sent to explore the red planet.

 

Nate (Graphic Novels):

Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

Follows the adventures of a group of neighborhood children who make costumes from cardboard and use their imagination to create adventures with knights, robots, and monsters.

Crush by Svetlana Chmakova

When the group dynamic among Jorge’s friends starts to shift, he must learn to balance what his friends expect of him and what he really wants.

Sparks by Ian Boothby

August is a brilliant inventor who is afraid of the outside. Charlie is a crack pilot who isn’t afraid of anything. Together these pals save lives every day. They also happen to be cats who pilot a powerful, mechanical dog suit! Always eager to leap into danger, this feline duo have their work cut out for them as they try to thwart Princess, an evil alien bent on enslaving mankind. Don’t let the fact that Princess looks like a cute, diaper-wearing baby fool you. She’s clever, determined, and totally ruthless. So when Princess and the browbeaten fools she calls servants enact a brilliant and dastardly plan to conquer Earth, August and Charlie pull out all the stops to save the day.

Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race by Jen Breach & Douglas Holgate

Clementine Hetherington and her robot brother, Digory, have run away from the orphanage they’ve been living in since their parents died. Clem and Dig want to follow in their famous archaeologist mother’s footsteps, but no one will take them seriously.

Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts by Craig Phillips

A cobbler girl tricks the Wawel Dragon, after all the king’s knights fail… The Polar Bear King loses his skin… Momotaro, born from a peach, defies the ogres everyone else is too scared to face… Snow White and Rose Red make friends with a bear… From Poland to Iceland, Japan to Germany, these ten fairytales from across the globe re-told as comics will have you enthralled.

 

Courtney (Teens / Young Adult):

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka’s teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett’s family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett’s life. His father is a mystery — Jarrett doesn’t know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents — two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.

Munmun by Jesse Andrews

In a society where a person’s size is directly proportional to his or her wealth, littlepoor Warner, thirteen, and Prayer, fifteen, struggle to improve their lot in a world built against them.

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi

In San Jose, California, in the 1990s, teenaged Sara keeps a diary of life as an Iranian American and her discovery that she and her family entered as undocumented immigrants.

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass series #7) by Sarah J. Maas

With Aelin locked in an iron coffin by Queen of the Fae Maeve, Aedion and Lysandra struggle to defend Terrasen, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian face their own fates, and Rowan seeks his captured wife and queen.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series #1) by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters. — from Goodreads

(Note: All cover art from Goodreads. Featured image from Chronicle Books)