If you’re reading this and not out shopping on Black Friday, don't despair. Instead of fighting those crowds, take a few minutes to see if any of these children’s books may help round out your holiday gift list. I added some of these to my shopping list while I was at the Nov. 12 conference in Chicago for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Yep, I’m a new member and it was my first SCBWI conference. It was envigorating to be around more than 200 folks who are interested in creating books kids will want to read. In our packet was a list of books from each of the editors who spoke at the conference. Be sure to check out the book descriptions before buying, but for me, the highlights were:
The Chet Gecko Mysteries (age 8+) and Snoring Beauty (age 5+) by Bruce Hale
A Dog’s Way Home (age 8+) by Bobbie Pyron -- a girl and her dog are separated in an accident: told from her perspective and the dog's.
Divergent (teens) by Veronica Roth – If your kids liked Hunger Games, they’ll probably like this dystopian novel, too. I know I did.
This Girl Is Different (teens) by JJ Johnson – A homeschooler attends high school her senior year and finds social justice requires a large dose of personal responsibility to keep from running amok.
Boys Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind WisemanUltraviolet by R.J. Andersen
Dark Life series by Kat Falls
Ask Elizabeth:Real Answers to Everything You Secretly Wanted to Ask About Love, Friends, Your Body...and Life in General by Elizabeth Berkley
The File on Angelyn Stark by Catherine Atkins
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
The Year We Were Famous by Carole Estby DaggThe Implosion of Aggie Winchester by Lara Zeilin
Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits and How Baseball Got Big by Jose Canseco
For Middle Grade
Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland (age 8+) by Sally M. Walker
Bad News for Outlaws:The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, U.S. Deputy Marshal (age 8+) by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Hide and Seek (age 9+) by Katy Grant
Grow (age 9+) by Juanita Havill (in verse)
Sparrow Road (age 10+) by Shelia O’ConnorThe Best Bad Luck I Ever Had (age 10+) by Kristin Levine
Planting the Wild Garden (age 6+) by Kathryn O Galbraith, illustrated by Wendy HalperinThe Blue House Dog (age 5+) by Deborah Blumenthal, illustrated by Adam Gustavson
The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians (age 5+) by Carla Morris, illustrated by Brad Sneed
The Little Rabbit books (age 3+) by Harry Horse