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Kids Gift Book Ideas 2013

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DC Superheroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book  by Matthew Reinhart
Ideal for superhero fans, Batman, Wonder Woman and friends leap off the page in this detailed pop-up. Ages 5-10.

Maps by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinska
Engrossing fare full of local flavor, cultural details, cartoon images and maps sure to inspire armchair travelers. Ages 7-10.

Animal Opposites by Petr Horacek
Traits of 20 colorful animals are highlighted and contrasted using flaps and pop-ups. Ages 3-7.

The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest – and Most Surprising – Animals on Earth by Steve Jenkins
200-page book featuring fascinating facts along with detailed cut-paper collages that will engage browsers for hours. Ages 6-10.

Ultimate Bugopedia: The Most Complete Bug Reference Ever by Darlyne Murawski
A bug-lover’s dream in typical lively National Geographic style. Ages 7-10.

Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters and Mortals by Donna Jo Napoli
Lively text and rich images bring mythological characters to life, with sidebars providing historical context. Ages 10-14.


Popular New Fiction Series

Spirit Animals: Wild Born by Brandon Mull
Four kids summon legendary spirit animals to help them save their world from an ancient threat. The second book, The Hunted, by Maggie Stiefvater is due out in January. Ages 8-12.

Stick Dog by Tom Watson
He’s a stick dog and he’s on a quest. It’s guaranteed to make you hungry. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy kid may eat this up. (#2: Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog.) Ages 8-12.

Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn
Emily’s world is transformed when a pegasus touches down and draws her into a war of Roman gods and goddesses. (Trilogy: #2:  Olympus at War, #3: The New Olympians is due out in February). Ages 9-12.

Cloak Society by Jeramy Kraatz
When supervillian Alex Knight accidentally saves the life of a superhero, his world is turned upside down. (#2: Villians Rising.) Ages 9-12.

Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay
Banned from bringing more animals to school, Lulu figures an egg would be ok because it’s not an animal…yet. Give this to animal lovers and fans of Clementine and Judy Moody. (#2: Lulu and the Dog by the Sea, #3: Lulu and the Cat in the Bag). Ages 7-10.


New Books by Favorite Authors

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
When comic-loving Flora saves Ulysses the squirrel, a dynamic duo is born.  Ages 8-12.

Treasure Hunters by James Patterson
Pirates, kidnapping, and underwater speargun fights. The first in a new series. Ages 9-12.

Benny Breakiron #1: The Red Taxis – by Peyo
A newly republished graphic novel series by Smurfs’ author Peyo. Benny Breakiron is an unassuming boy with superhuman strength, which sometimes leads to trouble and often leads to laughs. (#2: Madame Adolphine, #3: The Twelve Trials of Benny Breakiron is due out in January). Ages 7-12.

Pippi Moves In – By Astrid Lindgren
Explore the world of Pippi Longstocking through comics by Astrid Lindgren and her original Pippi Longstocking illustrator, Ingrid Van Nyman. (#2: Pippi Fixes Everything). Ages 5-10.


Picture Books and Beginning Readers

Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Duncan’s crayons are on strike! A comical back-to-school story with playful illustrations. Ages 3-8.

Hanukkah Bear by Eric Kimmel
Bubba Brayna mistakes Old Bear for a rabbi in this updated version of the funny tale that concludes with a recipe for latkes and a note about Hanukkah customs. Ages 4-7.

I’m a Frog! by Mo Willems
An entertaining addition to the popular beginning reader series. This time Gerald and Piggie explore the world of pretend… Well, one of them does! Ages 4-7.

Little Santa by Jon Agee
Quirky explanation of Santa’s origins with lots of funny details in the pictures. Ages 3-7.

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
A celebration of individuality and self-expression. Ages 3-7.

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner
A black house cat plays with a little spaceship full of aliens in this almost wordless imaginative adventure by Caldecott winner Wiesner. Ages 4-8.

One Gorilla by Anthony Browne
A spectacular gallery of painted primates comprise this counting book, from 1 gorilla to 10 luminous lemurs. Ages 3-8.


— DMc, PJ