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.
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!
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
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.
Recommended for readers age 11 and up.
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.
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
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.
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
On an icebreaker that has been traveling the south pole for so many generations no one remembers its original goal, an outcast girl lives in the shadows with only the ship's (talking) rats for company. When she discovers a strange nameless boy half-frozen on an iceberg, she sets into motion a series of events that will change not only her life, but the fate of the entire world. The first in a new science fiction series for middle readers, full of action and twists and big ideas. Aimed at readers age 9 and up, this would make a great winter read-aloud for the whole family.