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THE CIRCLE GAZETTE 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Books ~

for Kids

by Maier Editorial Team

Humor Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Ages: 8 to 12 An imaginative and hilarious tale of what happens when dad has to run to the store to get some milk.

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Ages: 8 to 12 This tale features a superhero squirrel who enjoys writing poetry.

The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths Ages: 8 to 12 A 13-Story treehouse is full of distractions when two young inhabitant are on deadline to finish writing their book.

Other Recommendations The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems

(Ages: 4-8) The Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo

(Ages: 6-9) The Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows

(Ages: 6-10)

Fantasy, Adventure and Mystery Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein Ages: 8 to 12 A dozen 12-year olds participate in an exciting and mysterious competition in a brand-new library built by an eccentric game inventor. The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen Ages: 10 to 14 An orphan must compete among other orphans to impersonate a long lost prince. Only one will be chosen to deceive a kingdom for political power and manipulation. The others will be killed.

Keepers of the Lost Cities (Keepers of the Lost Cities #1)

by Shannon Messenger Ages: 9 to 13 Twelve-year-old Sophie has been telepathic since she was 5. She has always kept her talent to herself. Then one day on a field trip to the museum, she meets a boy who's also a telepath. He tells her that she's an elf who has been hidden in the human world. She is transported to the elf world where she learns to manage her powers and tries to unlock the dangerous secrets hidden deep in her memory.

The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson Ages: 8 to 12 A family of yetis are forced, by tourism, to leave their home in the Himalayas and make an eventful journey across Europe to a new home.

Other Recommendations The Imaginary Veterinary series by Suzanne Selfors (Ages:


Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Ages:


Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

(Ages: 8-12)

The Seven Wonders series by Peter Lerangis (Ages:


The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson (Ages:


The N.E.R.D.S. series by Michael Buckley

(Ages: 8-12)

The Heroes in Training series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams (Ages:



Fairy Tales and Folktales Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin Ages: 8 to 12 Inspired by her father’s old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, Minli, an only child in a very poor family living in China, sets off on an extraordinary journey to try to change her family’s fortune.

Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy Ages: 8 to 12 Thanks to the bards who wrote the beloved fairy tales the princes charming are having a bit of an identity crisis. Rejected by their lovely princesses they stumble on a plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. They team up to stop the plot and become the heroes they have always aspired to be.

Other Recommendations The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye (Ages:


The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

(Ages: 10-14)

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (Ages:


The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley (Ages:


The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer (Ages:


Graphic Novels Binky the Space Cat (and the A Binky Adventure series) by Ashley Spires Ages: 7 – 10 Binky is a space cat…in his own mind. Follow the hilarious adventures of this ordinary house cat in his home…er….space station. Bird and Squirrel on the Run by James Burks Ages: 7-10 Bird and Squirrel, an Oscar and Felix odd couple, try to outwit Cat as they make their way south for the winter.

Other Recommendations Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre (Ages:


Zita, The Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (Ages:


The Babymouse series by Jennifer and Matthew Holm (Ages:


Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee (Ages:


Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi (Ages:


The Olympians series by George O’Connor (Ages:


The Mouse Guard series by David Peterson (Ages:

8 and up)


Picture Books Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson Ages: 4 to 8 Readers help a tree change with the seasons in this magical and interactive book.

Other Recommendations Press Here by Herve Tullet

Ages: 2 and up) Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

(Ages: 5-9) Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn

(Ages: 6 to 9) Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

(Ages: 5-9) Journey by Aaron Becker

Ages: 4 and up)

Non Fiction Other Recommendations The Fairy Ring: Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure (Ages:

10 and up)

A Leaf Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas (Ages:


The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins (Ages:

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees : A Scientific Mystery by Sandra Markle Ages: 8 to 13 Learn about the role of the honeybee colony and the theories behind its collapse.


The Beatles Were Fab (And They Were Funny) by Kathleen Krull (Ages:


Young Adult Divergent (Divergent trilogy #1) by Veronica Roth Ages 15 and up A must-read before the movie release on March 21, 2014.

Other Recommendations Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Ages:

14 and up)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Ages:

14 and up)

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King (Ages:

14 and up)


2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Books  

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