Kids & YA


Winter is the perfect season for curling up, warm and snug, with a great book. Whether you're looking for a gift or for something to dive into yourself, here are some great winter reads - from beautiful editions of well-loved classics, to new books you're sure to love.




ISBN: 9780142423660
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Published: Puffin Books - June 16th, 2015

Incredibly inventive fantasy, ideal for long winter nights. In this world, some unknown catastrophe has shattered time, so that every region of the world is in a different time period. Mapmaking is now the most dangerous profession, requiring adventurers to set off into the true unknown. A young mapmaker and her friends, seeking her lost parents, stumble on much deeper secrets - and encounter much more sinister enemies. A great read for ambitious middle grade readers and up!

ISBN: 9781481419420
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 25th, 2015

Feo s life is extraordinary. Her mother trains domesticated wolves to be able to fend for themselves in the snowy wilderness of Russia, and Feo is following in her footsteps to become a wolf wilder. She loves taking care of the wolves, especially the three who stay at the house because they refuse to leave Feo, even though they ve already been wilded. But not everyone is enamored with the wolves, or with the fact that Feo and her mother are turning them wild. And when her mother is taken captive, Feo must travel through the cold, harsh woods to save her and learn from her wolves how to survive. 

Recommended for readers age 8 and up

ISBN: 9781101934661
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2015

A beautiful 20th anniversary edition of one of our favorite books. Sure to delight long time fans and enchant a new generation of readers. For those unfamiliar: a thought-provoking page turner featuring an unforgettably scrappy heroine, armored talking bears, a cowboy flying a hot air balloon, and an adventure across the snowy wastes of the north. 

By Joan Aiken, Pat Marriott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780440496038
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Published: Yearling Books - October 1987

A perfectly child-sized epic, full of plucky orphans, ravening packs of wolves across a wintery landscape, evil governesses, sinister plots, and political intrigue. It's just the right blend of chilling adventure with the cozy details that kids (and adults) find most appealing. 

A perfect winter tale for readers aged 8 and up. Young readers will love the story, and adult readers are sure to appreciate the subtle alternate-history touches in Aiken's version of England. 


ISBN: 9780062224767
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - May 5th, 2015

It's the season for fairy tales, and this gorgeous retelling of Little Red Riding Hood is dark, rich, and imaginative - perfect for teens (or adults!) looking for a beautiful and engrossing read. 

Recommended for readers age 13 and up

By J. K. Rowling, Jim Kay (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545790352
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 6th, 2015

It'd be hard to find a better way of spending a cold dark winter night than poring over this flat-out-beautiful illustrated edition. A gorgeous book for young readers, not so young readers, and their families. 

ISBN: 9781442412538
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 31st, 2010

On his twelfth Christmas, Will Stanton finds himself swept into an epic battle against the ancient forces of the Dark, a battle which will pull him through time and space and which will test his friendships and family ties. Full of myth and legend, this award-winning adventure series is now available in one volume. I re-read this every winter and find myself unable to put it down every time.

Recommended for readers 12 and up