You might not think that kids care about what they read, but trust us…young readers are BIG fans. And a few of the biggest authors and series are hitting the shelves this month and next. You won’t want to miss these….and books are a great way to keep the kids busy and happy during the blustery, cold days of December. Drop into the library to pick one up, or make sure to get these to put under the tree. A great Christmas Eve tradition to start? How about a new book for every member of the family…and then a nice long evening of reading?
This is lucky number #13 in the popular AMULET series, and SUPERNOVA is bound to thrill young readers aged 9 – 11. We have trouble keeping this exciting graphic novel series on the shelves, and it’s as popular with reluctant readers as it is with voracious readers. Don’t worry that it’s got pictures…this is not a comic book. The story follows Emily who has lost control of her Amulet and is now imprisoned in the Void. Kibuishi has a great YouTube video on his website explaining his creative process and the storyline of the book, a bit of behind the scenes fun for fans of the series! It’ll be a quick read, but one that Amulet readers will want to get their hands on immediately.
If you’ve read any of the Elephant and Piggie books, you’ll become a fan of Willems’ latest heroes, the squirrels, in I LOST MY TOOTH. Willems always writes easy to follow stories, with silly characters and situations that get the kids laughing. But they’re also great as easy reads for new readers. You can listen to a great interview Willems did about the book and why his squirrels are not gender-specific right here. And check out his blog for lots of zany fun, activities, and more! It doesn’t matter if you have a little one, or an older reader…you can’t go wrong with this new book.
Wimpy Kid books will never go out of style…that’s our prediction. Not only are the characters funny and totally identifiable, the simple line drawing style makes the books into instant classics. THE MELTDOWN, the latest in the Wimpy Kid series is perfect for the chilly winter months (although your reader will probably devour the book in one night), and is easily the perfect book for boys and girls aged 8 – 11. Kinney appears to be touring Europe right now, but even if you can’t make it to one of his appearances, you can stop by his website to find all the fun about the Wimpy Kid series, and the new book.
These books were not on our radar until recently…and then everyone started asking for them. This is not your average princess. She’s funny, adventurous, and always dresses in black. And THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE SCIENCE FAIR SCARE has more than one Princess battling monsters at the science fair. Doesn’t that sound fun? Empowering books for girls, but the adventures are just as fun for boys. Want to know a secret about the Princess in Black? Her #1 fan is Duff the Goat Boy who admires her ninja skills! You can find out even more secrets by visiting the official website here.
That’s the last of our December reading suggestions, but we have lots more fun coming up on the blog, so make sure to check back often.