The season of giving is gearing up, so here are some gift ideas – available at Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay – to consider for the young readers in your life.
BABIES AND TODDLERS
Gotta Go, Buffalo by Kevin and Haily Meyers
Wee ones love lift-the-flap books and silly rhymes. Gotta Go, Buffalo covers both bases while it also entertains older kiddos and adults.
LEARNING TO READ
Crabby Books by Jonathan Fenske
Dragon Books by Dav Pilkey
Kids love these two series because the books have chapters and are small paperbacks that easily fit into their hands. The Crabby Books feature a grumpy crab who has delightful, supportive friends. The Dragon Books are about a dragon with a kind heart who’s figuring out friendship. The books also include drawing instructions.
The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams by Mindy Thompson
Set in a family’s magical bookshop, this imaginative, spellbinding story weaves in unpredictable twists.
Frankie and Amelia by Cammie McGovern
This book offers a heartwarming, funny and enlightening perspective on neurodiversity and features animals that play a role in helping humans cope.
Playing the Cards You’re Dealt by Varian Johnson
Ten-year-old Anthony Joplin has made it to the double digits, which is big news: It means he’s finally old enough to play in the spades tournament that every Joplin man before him seems to have won. So while Ant’s friends are stressing about fifth-grade homework and girls, he has only one thing on his mind: how he’ll measure up to his father’s expectations at the card table. The book handles tough topics in a kid-appropriate way.
These versions of the classic stories Little Women, A Little Princess, The Secret Garden and Anne of Green Gables have stunning, floral covers.
Me (Moth) by Amber McBride
A finalist for the 2021 National Book Award that’s written in verse, Me (Moth) is hauntingly romantic and thought provoking as it focuses on coping with tragedy and loss as a catalyst to metamorphosis.
Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen
This compelling, epic fantasy has been called the “most engrossing, thought-provoking, beautiful novel I’ve read in ages.”