People

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content
Join Now
PetHero: Save 25% at the vet; get toys, treats and a 24/7 lost pet conciergeLearn More

Archive

Picks and Pans Main: Books

Posted on

PICKS FOR KIDS

JUST A SECOND

by Steve Jenkins

A black mamba can slither 24 ft.; a person can blink seven times-so much happens in just one second. Author Jenkins uses examples from the natural world to bring the concept of time alive. (Ages 4 and up)

SECRETS AT SEA

by Richard Peck

Fearful of a crumb-free life once their human hosts head for England, a mouse family stows away in the luggage. Delightful. (8 and up)

WHY WE BROKE UP

by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

Matches, a toy truck, a protractor-each object holds clues to the demise of Min and Ed’s teen love. Kalman’s lush paintings illustrate this winsome treat from the erstwhile Lemony Snicket. (Young Adult)

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

by Norton Juster

Half a century later, Juster’s classic about young Milo’s fantastic, word-playing travels still captures the imagination. (8 and up)

SWIRL BY SWIRL

by Joyce Sidman

Gorgeous and clever, this poem about spirals is both science lesson and bedtime book; it begins and ends with sleepy creatures curling up to keep warm. (4 and up)

I WANT MY HAT BACK

by Jon Klassen

Four pages into this charmer, every kindergartner will know where the bear’s missing hat is-but they’ll never predict the hilarious revenge he takes on the thief. (4 and up)

GREAT READS FOR ALL AGES

STARS

by Mary Lyn Ray

This ode to everything stars are (part of a wand, a pin that makes you sheriff, a sign you’ve done well) is paired with incandescent art showing the heavenly shapes in ivy, snowflakes and in your pocket-for wishing on. (2 and up)

THE SCORPIO RACES

by Maggie Stiefvater

Tourists descend on Kate Connolly’s island home each year to watch the locals race killer water horses. This year Kate bucks the boys-only rule and enters, hoping to win and save her home from foreclosure. Tense, atmospheric, and utterly original. (13 and up)

RED SLED

by Lita Judge

What’s a bear to do when he finds a sled left outside a cozy cabin? Borrow it, of course, and embark on an evening of wild rides with his forest friends. Just the right blend of danger and delight, this book is perfect for a wintry night. (2 and up)

STUCK

by Oliver Jeffers

Floyd’s kite snags on a tree branch, so he tries solving the problem by throwing everything he has at it-his shoe, a cat, the kitchen sink, a house, a whale … until, whaddya know, Floyd’s kite finally falls free. Perfectly absurd. (3 and up)

HEART AND SOUL

by Kadir Nelson

After noting that “most folks my age and complexion don’t speak much about the past,” an unnamed narrator delivers a condensed, impassioned soliloquy on African-American history, accompanied by nearly four dozen magnificent oil paintings. It’s a tour de force. (9 and up)