Seasons Readings

All the children in my life know I will give them books every year for Christmas. Here are a few of my favorite books from 2013 that I would be proud to give any child. I know that for my own children, books are the gifts that keep on giving as we pass them down and reread treasured favorites for years.  Can’t afford all of these gems? Click on the covers and you can borrow them from the library. Season’s readings!  ~Amy Schardein Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett.  Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2013.  $14.99 When Alex receives a sentimental birthday bunny book he turns it into a book he might actually enjoy using his pencil and formidable imagination.  A hysterical, empowering choice for young readers (and writers) ages 5-9.       The Real Boy by Anne Ursu. Walden Pond, 2013. $16.99 Oscar, an orphaned shop boy, spends his days helping Caleb, the last magician in the city.  When the children around him fall ill Oscar must leave his small world so save the greater one. This is beautifully written magical storytelling for ages 8-12.     Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Skottie Young.  HarperCollins, 2013.  $14.99 Father leaves to get milk and takes him ever so long to return. Why? Aliens, time travel dinosaurs and adventure are all part of a hilarious, witty story sure to be enjoyed by readers ages 8-12. Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo and K. G. Campbell.  Candlewick, 2013. $17.99 Master storyteller Kate DiCamillo will win your heart again with the story of Flora and the newly super-empowered squirrel Ulysses. Ages 7-11 Journey by Aaron Becker. Candlewick, 2013. $15.99 [...]