Books for kids this year

Though the shopping days keep ticking down, there is still time to run out and buy a book or two for your favorite kid!

For young readers is a story of friendship and wanting to hang out in “Come Home Already!” by Jory John with illustrations by Benji Davies.

Duck wants to hang out with Bear. Bear isn’t around, and has gone fishing for the week. He’s glad for some alone time. But what will Duck do without Bear? Will he be able to stand all of the separation? And will Bear really enjoy the solitude?

This is a funny book that shows both the importance of others and also trying to ease separating anxiety.

“Come Home Already!” is published by HarperCollins. It is $17.99 and for ages 4-8.


For young readers wanting to learn is “Horses” and “Water” by Seymour Simon, which includes photos and facts in a great non-fiction series.

Readers can learn about the domestication of horses and the different breeds and enjoy full color photos of the animals in “Horses.” In the “Water” book, the water cycle, effects on our planet and the importance of clean water is fully illustrated.

For those wanting a good non-fiction book, any of these titles by Simon will do the trick.

“Horses” and “Water” are published by HarperCollins. They are each $17.99 and for ages 6-10.


A new chapter book series for young readers includes two favorite things, kittens and mermaids rolled into one with “Purrmaids: The Scaredy Cat” and “Purrmaids: The Catfish Club” by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen.

In “Scaredy Cat,” Coral, Shelly and Angel are best friends who are excited to find a treasure to show off at school. But in searching and daring each other to be brave, they wander far from home. Will they find treasure and adventure or danger?

In “The Catfish Club” the friends are invited by their teacher to decorate the classroom. But another group of girls are determined to do better than them. Will they ruin the fun or get them in trouble?

With relatable stories and magical creatures, this will entertain young readers.

“Purrmaids: Scaredy Cat” and “Purrmaids: The Catfish Club” are published by Random House. They are $4.99 each and for ages 6-9.


The story of a fairy godfather is told in “Mr. Gedrick and Me” by New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman.

Stanley’s family hasn’t been very good since his dad died. But he gets a surprise when the new “nanny” turns out to be a fairy godfather in the guise of Mr. Gedrick, who has come to help clean up the home and their lives.

With a masculine Mary Poppins vibe and a dash of hope, this is a warm story that will entertain readers.

“Mr. Gedrick and Me” is published by HarperCollins. It is $16.99 and for ages 8-12.


A little older readers looking for a biography can look no further than “Finding the Edge” by Karen Chen.

The U.S. National Figure Skating Champion tells her journey to fame and how she overcame a lot to get to where she is now in an inspiring story.

With the Olympics coming up soon, this will be something that will interest many and the author being a teenager herself also helps make the story relatable.

“Finding the Edge” is published by HarperCollins. It is $17.99 and for ages 12 and up.


New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix brings a new story of endangered kids in “Children of Exile” and “Children of Refuge.”

In’ Children of Exile” Rosi and Bobo have spent the last 12 years away from their parents and being raised by the Freds, mysterious people who are determined to raise them properly. But now the time has come for them to go back to their parents, and they are both unsure if they belong to them or in this new environment. Who are the Freds? Why did they leave their parents?

In “Children of Refuge” Edwy arrived from Fredtown back with his parents and finds himself taken away again, this time to Refuge City. And once again, he is still not allowed to ask questions. Edwy doesn’t believe the Freds or his parents are who they say they are, and is determined to help his friend Rosi and the others that were left behind. Can he do it?

With a cool sci-fi storyline and relatable characters, this will hook fans of Haddix’s previous series and will pull in new ones.

“Children of Exile” and “Children of Refuge” are both published by Simon and Schuster. They are $17.99 each and are for ages 10 and up.


Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com