2017’s Books to Buy as Gifts

December 12, 2017

Who needs the NY Times or Barnes and Noble? Find a list of recommended books for readers of all ages to give as gifts this holiday season. From the brilliant minds of Radnor Library’s Children’s Librarians.


After the Fall by Dan Santat
An adorable book by the Caldecott-winning author-illustrator that tells the story of Humpty Dumpty in a new way. Surprisingly, it has a great message about overcoming fears and perseverance…you’ll think differently about the nursery rhyme after this one.

Everything You by Elizabeth McPike
A lovely choice for anyone with a new baby in the house. Sweet short lines and bright, colorful illustrations make this a great choice for the holidays, baby showers and more.


Pocket Full of Colors : the Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo
A GORGEOUS book about one of Walt Disney’s first female animators, Mary Blair set the tone for beloved Disney aesthetics.

Star Wars Coding Projects by Jon Woodcock
A great guide to coding projects for beginners to experts and, even more popular, a Star Wars twist!


Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? by Kate DiCamillo
The third book in the charming series Tales from Deckawoo Drive. Each funny story is about a different character from the popular Mercy Watson series.

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain and Philip Stead
A gorgeously-illustrated imaginative tale originally by Mark Twain and retold by Philip & Erin Stead. A one-of-a-kind book!

Real Friends by Shannon Hale
A graphic novel memoir from award-winning author Shannon Hale about friendships, bullies, and growing up.

Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood
The first in a new epic animal fantasy series, Longburrow is full of endearing characters, battles, and journeys that will appeal to fans of Erin Hunter and Brian Jacques


Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
A realistic young adult fiction for fans of NBC’s “This is Us”, or Freeforms “The Fosters”, Far from the Tree follows three siblings separated through adoption and their various stories.

Vincent and Theo : the Van Gogh brothers/ Deborah Heiligman
A wonderful fictionalized look at the Van Gogh brothers by the popular author of Charles and Emma. A good pick for any teen interested in history or art but wants facts that read like a true story.

I will always write back : how one letter changed two lives / Caitlin Alifirenka
Kids might not even know what a pen pal is, but this true story of pen pals in the U.S. and Zimbabwe has captivated every reader who picked it up this year. The writing style makes for a quick read as you follow along with Caitlin and Martin’s friendship.

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