Suggestions for kids’ books they’ll want to read

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 23, 2013

NEW YORK — The summer months present the perfect opportunity for parents to give their kids great books to read, but sometimes it’s hard to know what’s new, what’s good and what’s appropriate for your child — not to mention which books your child will actually want to read. has chosen their 13 favorite new children’s books, for kids age 3 to 12 to dive into this summer. Included in the list are books published in the last few months, with some wonderful picture books from favorites like Oliver Jeffers, and some imaginative and meaningful stories for older readers. Among the picks are:
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers. This story about a boy called Wilfred and his pet moose, Marcel, from the popular Jeffers is full of wit and warmth.
Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex. Neil Gaiman is well known to many readers, as he also writes for adults. This latest picture book for children features an adorable baby panda that has a really big sneeze.
The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Lemony Snicket is best known for his 13 books that make up A Series of Unfortunate Events, and now he has written a picture book with wonderful illustrations by Klassen, who illustrated another of our picks, Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett.
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde is a story for children aged 10 and up. Fforde is also known for his Thursday Next series for adults. Now he brings his sense of absurdity to this new book for children, with a sequel due later in the year.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is already a big fan with children and adults alike, and we are not surprised. This is a terrific book, which tells the story of Auggie, a boy with a facial disfigurement.
In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz is a highly original retelling of classic fairy tales, such as “The Frog Prince,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” with lots of challenges, difficult questions and great laughs thrown in.
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