2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Children's Picture Books,Early Readers, & More

Here are our recommendations for the youngest readers in your life.

Lucy Cover Image
By Randy Cecil, Randy Cecil (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780763668082
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 2nd, 2016

The heartwarming story of a small dog, a girl, a magician, and a neighborhood.


The Princess in Black Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763678883
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 14th, 2015

Who says princesses can’t wear pretty dresses AND save the day?


We Are Growing! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Laurie Keller, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781484726358
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 20th, 2016

Who are these creatures, and where is that lawnmower headed? Told with simple text, this is a fun story for anyone learning to read.


Juana and Lucas Cover Image
By Juana Medina, Juana Medina (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763672089
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2016

Juana’s favorite thing: her dog Lucas; Juana’s least favorite thing: learning English. Why does she need to learn a language that makes no sense? A humorous, illustrated story based on the author’s own experience.


Dog Man Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780545581608
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Published: Graphix - August 30th, 2016

The first in a new series by the author of Captain Underpants about a part dog, part human crime fighter. This is obviously fun and silly, but why not?


Du Iz Tak? Cover Image
By Carson Ellis, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763665302
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 18th, 2016

A fun and imaginative book filled the details of changing seasons and the life of bugs!


Shh! We Have a Plan Cover Image
By Chris Haughton, Chris Haughton (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763672935
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 9th, 2014

Four friends are on a bird hunt, but their failures reach comic proportions.


We Found a Hat Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763656003
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 11th, 2016

Two turtles find a hat. But there is only one hat. And there are two turtles. And they both look swell in the hat. Whatever will they do?


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The Bear and the Piano Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544674547
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Published: Clarion Books - April 5th, 2016

Bear is a piano prodigy and travels the world performing, but he still misses the forest he calls home.


Tek: The Modern Cave Boy Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316338059
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

our typical troglodyte child is spending his days glued to his phone, tablet, and game box. Who can shake things up and get Tek out into the big beautiful world?


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When Penny Met Potus Cover Image
By Rachel Ruiz, Melissa A. Manwill (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781623707583
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - July 2016

Penny can't wait to meet her mother's boss POTUS. But who is POTUS, anyway?


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The Journey Cover Image
By Francesca Sanna (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781909263994
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Published: Nobrow Press - September 13th, 2016

In this masterful picture book, a family flees their homeland in the face of war. Without showing any direct violence (just a menacing figure), Sanna tells a universal story.


Before Morning Cover Image
By Joyce Sidman, Beth Krommes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547979175
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2016

This is a beautiful, quiet book of winter and its first snowfall.


Baby Loves Quarks! Cover Image
By Ruth Spiro, Irene Chan (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9781580895408
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - October 4th, 2016

A tongue-in-cheek (and accurate) introduction to physics for your baby.


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They All Saw a Cat Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452150130
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 30th, 2016

Reminiscent of Eric Carle yet decidedly original, Wenzel’s sparse, poetic text and stunning illustrations make They All Saw a Cat one of the year’s best picture books.


Little Robot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626720800
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: First Second - September 1st, 2015

In the Eisner-winning graphic novel Little Robot, New York Times bestselling author Ben Hatke brings his signature sweetness to a simple, moving story about friendship and overcoming fears that will appeal to readers of all ages.


Written and Drawn by Henrietta Cover Image
By Liniers
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179900
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Toon Books - September 29th, 2015

Peek over her shoulder as she draws the story of a brave young girl, a three-headed monster, and an impossibly wide world of adventure. Whether read aloud to a toddler or discovered by a young reader, Liniers’ celebration of the creative process is sure to make everyone want to bring out their pencils.


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Dragons Beware! Cover Image
By Rafael Rosado (Illustrator), Jorge Aguirre
$14.99
ISBN: 9781596438781
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Published: First Second - May 12th, 2015

Claudette and her team are back in their second adventure. This time they’re facing down none other than the dragon who defeated Claudette’s father. To make things worse, some pesky princes and an evil sorcerer are getting in the way. This dynamic sequel is sure to be snatched up by excited adventurers!


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Enormous Smallness: A Story of e. e. cummings Cover Image
By Matthew Burgess, Kris Di Giacomo (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781592701711
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - April 7th, 2015

Whimsical illustration and engaging prose perfectly capture the spirit of e. e. cummings’s unique style of poetry in this enchanting picture book biography.


This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are and Where We Came from Cover Image
By Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780761180111
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 20th, 2016

What is it like to be an immigrant? What would you bring to a new country? Fun and thoughtful, and filled with charming illustrations.


No Fair! No Fair! and Other Jolly Poems of Childhood Cover Image
By Calvin Trillin, Roz Chast (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545825788
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Published: Orchard Books - September 27th, 2016

Hilarious poems of childhood—perfectly illustrated by Roz Chast. A celebration of the humor of everyday topics.


88 Instruments Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Louis Thomas (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553538144
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 16th, 2016

Which instrument to choose when there are 88 to choose from? A fun introduction to musical instruments and the sounds they make.