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Books for Children, Books for Life: Full List

Below, find the full list of children's librarian Maria Salvadore's holiday gift recommendations for young people. To print, choose the "print page" icon at upper right.

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  • Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney; Viking, 2005. Picture book.
  • Siesta by Ginger Foglesong Guy. Illustrated by Rene King Moreno. Greenwillow, 2005. Picture book.
  • Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa by Jonathan London. Illustrated by Denis Roche. Holt, 2005. Picture book.


  • The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel. Harcourt, 2005. Picture book.
  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. Illustrated by Loren Long. Philomel, 2005. Picture book.
  • Walter Was Worried by Linda Vaccaro Seeger. Roaring Brook, 2005. Picture book.

6- to 9-Year Olds

  • All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. Illustrated by Helen John. Delacorte, c1951, 1979; 2005 edition. Historical fiction.
  • Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me by Katy Kelly. Delacorte, 2004. Fiction.
  • Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson. Harcourt, 2005. Science fiction, humor.

9- to 12-Year-Olds

  • Blood Red Horse by K. M. Grant. Walker, 2005. Historical fiction.
  • Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park. Clarion, 2005. Contemporary fiction.
  • Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel. EOS/HarperCollins, 2005. Science fiction.

12- to 14-Year Olds

  • Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins. Greenwillow, 2005. Contemporary fiction.
  • Shackleton's Stowaway by Victoria McKennan. Knopf, 2005. Historical fiction.
  • Witch's Boy by Michael Gruber. HarperTempest, 2005. Fantasy.