Holiday Book Recommendations: Master List

The titles listed below have been included in roundups of best 2006 literature and recommended gifts for NPR and NPR.org. Click on the name of the recommender to see the original feature and learn more about these books.

Daniel Pinkwater for Weekend Edition Saturday

365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental, illustrated by Joelle Jolivet. Hardcover, 48 pages. Abrams Books for Young Readers, $17.95. For ages 4-8.

Eddie's Kingdom by D.B. Johnson. Hardcover, 32 pages. Houghton Mifflin, $16. For ages 4-8.

Zuzu's Wishing Cake by Linda Michelin, illustrated by D.B. Johnson. Hardcover, 32 pages. Houghton Mifflin, $16. For ages 4-8.

Flamingos on the Roof by Calef Brown. Hardcover, 64 pages. Houghton Mifflin, $16. For ages 7-10.

Mr. Maxwell's Mouse, by Frank Asch, illustrated by Devin Asch. Hardcover, 32 pages. Kids Can Press, $15.95. For ages 5-9.

A Collection of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories , by Rudyard Kipling. Hardcover, 128 pages. Candlewick Press, $22.99. For ages 4-8.

Shlemiel Crooks, by Anna Olswanger, illustrated by Paula Goodman Koz. Hardcover, 32 pages. NewSouth Books, $15.95. For ages 9-12.

Karen Grigsby Bates for Day to Day

Magic Time by Doug Marlette. Harcover, 496 pages. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25.

Thirteen Moons: A Novel by Charles Frazier. Hardcover, 432 pages. Random House, $26.95.

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield. Hardcover, 416 pages. Atria Books, $26.

The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff. Hardcover, 528 pages. Knopf, $30.

Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn by William J. Mann. Hardcover, 656 pages. Henry Holt and Co., $30.

On Her Trail: My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, TV News' First Woman Star by John Dickerson. Hardcover, 352 pages. Simon & Schuster, $24.95.

Real Simple: Celebrations. Hardcover, 192 pages. Real Simple, $27.95.

Instant Entertaining by Donna Hay. Hardcover, 192 pages. Ecco, $34.95.

Life Platinum Anniversary Collection: 70 Years of Extraordinary Photography. Hardcover, 304 pages. Life, $29.95.

Chairs: A History by Florence de Dampierre. Hardcover, 432 pages. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., $65.

Humankind by Yoshio Komastu and Eiko Komatsu. Hardcover, 472 pages. Gibbs Smith, $39.95.

Mexican Calendar Girls by Angela Villalba. Paperback, 144 pages. Chronicle Books, $19.95.

Cancer Vixen: A True Story by Marisa Marisa Acocella Marchetto. Hardcover, 224 pages. Knopf, $22.

Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi. Hardcover, 96 pages. Pantheon, $16.95.

Maureen Corrigan: Mysteries and Nonfiction on Fresh Air

Puccini's Ghosts by Morag Joss. Hardcover, 384 pages. Delacorte Press, $22.

The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos. Hardcover, 384 pages. Little, Brown and Company, $24.99.

Girls of a Tender Age by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith. Hardcover, 304 pages. Free Press, $24.

Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment by Dorothea Lange. Hardcover, 288 pages. W. W. Norton, $29.95.

The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn. Hardcover, 528 pages. HarperCollins, $27.95.

The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascoes, Palace Coups by Ron Rosenbaum. Hardcover, 624 pages. Random House, $35.

The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate. Hardcover, 544 pages. Doubleday, $27.95.

A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan by Michael Kazin. Hardcover, 400 pages. Knopf, $30.

Maureen Corrigan: Fiction on Fresh Air

Intuition by Allegra Goodman. Hardcover, 352 pages. The Dial Press, $35.

The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud. Hardcover, 448 pages. Knopf, $25.

Twilight of the Superheroes: Stories by Deborah Eisenberg. Hardcover, 240 pages. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $23.

A Disorder Peculiar to the Country: A Novel by Ken Kalfus. Hardcover, 256 pages. Ecco, $24.95.

Triangle by Katharine Weber. Hardcover, 256 pages. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $23.

The View from Castle Rock: Stories by Alice Munro. Hardcover, 368 pages. Knopf, $25.95.

After This: A Novel by Alice McDermott. Hardcover, 288 pages. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24.

The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford. Hardcover, 496 pages. Knopf, $26.95.

Rona Brinlee of The Bookmark for Morning Edition

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. Hardcover, 528 pages. Viking Adult, $25.95.

Please Mr. Einstein by Jean-Claude Carriere. Hardcover, 192 pages. Harcourt, $22.

The Ghost at the Table: A Novel by Suzanne Berne. Hardcover, 304 pages. Algonquin Books, $23.95.

On Agate Hill: A Novel by Lee Smith. Hardcover, 416 pages. Algonquin Books, $24.95.

Alpana Pours: About Being a Woman, Loving Wine, and Having Great Relationships by Alpana Singh and Robert Scarola. Paperback, 220 pages. Academy Chicago Publishers, $17.95.

Karl Pohrt of Shaman Drum Bookshop for Morning Edition

Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney. Hardcover, 480 pages. Trinity University Press, $29.95.

Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences by Kitty Burns Flore. Hardcover, 200 pages. Melville House, $19.95.

Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon. Hardcover, 1,120 pages. The Penguin Press, $35.

Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation by Jonathan Lear. Hardcover, 208 pages. Harvard University Press, $22.95.

The Echo Maker by Richard Powers. Hardcover, 464 pages. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25.

Leaves of Grass: The Deathbed Edition by Walt Whitman. Paperback, 800 pages. Modern Library, $13.95.

Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons From Darwin's Lost Notebooks by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. Hardcover, 288 pages. Little, Brown and Company, $24.95.

Lucia Silva of Portrait of a Bookstore for Morning Edition

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. Paperback, 1168 pages. Penguin Classics, $25.

The Zero: A Novel by Jess Walters. Hardcover, 336 pages. Regan Books, $25.95.

The Company They Kept: Writers on Unforgettable Friendships, edited by Robert B. Silvers and Barbara Epstein. Hardcover, 316 pages. New York Review Books, $24.95.

Love in a Fallen City by Ilene Chang. Paperback, 320 pages. NYRB Classics, $14.95.

Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney. Hardcover, 480 pages. Trinity University Press, $29.95.

Alan Cheuse for All Things Considered

Life is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days by James Salter and Kay Salter. Hardcover, 464 pages. Knopf, $27.50.

Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon. Hardcover, 1,120 pages. The Penguin Press, $35.

Resurrection by Tucker Malarkey. Hardcover, 384 pages. Riverhead Books, $24.95.

Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West by Hampton Sides. Hardcover, 480 pages. Doubleday, $26.95.

Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney. Hardcover, 480 pages. Trinity University Press, $29.95.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. Hardcover, 352 pages. Crown, $24.95.

Rabbit Ears Treasury of World Tales: Volume 1 by Various Artists. Audio CD. Listening Library, $19.95.

American Religious Poems, edited by Harold Bloom. Hardcover, 685 pages. Library of America, $40.

Ketzel Levine on Gift Books for NPR.org

Cartoon America: Comic Art in the Library of Congress, edited by Harry Katz. Hardcover, 324 pages. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., $50

The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk by Steven Lee Beeber. Hardcover, 259 pages. Chicago Review Press, Inc., $24.95.

Winslow Homer: An American Vision by Randall C. Griffin. Hardcover, 240 pages. Phaidon Press, Inc., $69.95.

The Best American Comics 2006, edited by Harvey Pekar. Hardcover, 320 pages. Houghton Mifflin Company, $22.

100 Caterpillars: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica by Daniel Janzen, Winifred Hallwachs and Jeffrey Miller. Hardcover, 320 pages. Harvard University Press, $39.95.

Life: A Journey Through Time by Frans Lanting. Hardcover, 304 pages. Taschen America, LLC, $49.99.

Seedheads in the Garden by Noel Kingsbury. Hardcover, 144 pages.Timber Press, Inc., $29.95.

Mexican Calendar Girls by Angela Villalba. Paperback, 144 pages. Chronicle Books LLC, $19.95

Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies by Lauren Redniss. Hardcover, 208 pages. HarperCollins Publishers, $34.95.

America by the Yard: Cirkut Camera: Images from the Early Twentieth Century by Robert B. MacKay. Hardcover, 232 pages. Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., $100.

Letters from Eden: A Year at Home, in the Woods by Julie Zickefoose. Hardcover, 224 pages. Houghton Mifflin Company, $26

Animals of the Ocean, in Particular the Giant Squid by Doris Haggis-on-Whey and Benny Haggis-on-Whey. Hardcover, 64 pages. McSweeney's Publishing, $18.

A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler by Jason Roberts. Hardcover, 400 pages. HarperCollins Publishers, $26.95.

The Artful Dog: Canines from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hardcover, 80 pages. Chronicle Books LLC, $9.95.

Cats and Their Slaves: An Anthology of Worship by Michelle Lovric. Hardcover, 68 pages. Chicago Review Press, Inc., $11.95.

A Field Guide to Roadside Technology by Ed Sobey. Paperback, 176 pages. Chicago Review Press, Inc., $14.95

Diane Cole on Kids' Books for NPR.org

This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt; pictures by R.G. Roth. Harcourt Children's Books, $16, ages 3 to 7.

Dizzy by Jonah Winter; illustrated by Sean Qualls. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books, $16.99, ages 4 to 8.

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex. Harcourt Children's Books, $16, ages 5 to 10.

G Is for One Gzonk! An Alpha-Number-Bet Book by Tony DiTerlizzi. Simon & Schuster, $16.95, ages 5 to 7.

The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Connor; illustrated by S. D. Schindler. G. P. Putnam's Sons, $16.99, ages 4 to 8.

Merry Un-Christmas by Mike Reiss; illustrated by David Catrow. HarperCollins, $15.99, ages 3 to 7.

Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale by Brian P. Cleary; illustrated by David Udovic. Kar-Ben Publishing, $16.95, ages 4 to 8.

Journey to the Blue Moon: In Which Time Is Lost and Then Found Again by Rebecca Rupp. Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 10 and up.

The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea by Ann Sibley O'Brien. Charlesbridge Publishing, $14.95, ages 9 to 12.

Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. Candlewick Press, $27.99, ages 5 and up.

To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel; art work by Mark Siegel. Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, $9.99, ages 8 to 14.

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman. Hyperion, $15.99, young adult.

Sold by Patricia McCormick. Hyperion, $15.99, young adult.

A Drowned Maiden's Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz. Candlewick Press, $15.99, young adult.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. First Second Publishing, $16.95, young adult.

Kampung Boy by Lat. First Second Publishing, $16.95, young adult.

Chowder by Peter Brown. Little, Brown, $15.99, ages 4 to 8.

Linda Kulman on Cookbooks for NPR.org

Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. Hardcover, 528 pages. Houghton Mifflin, $40.

Big Sky Cooking by Meredith Brokaw and Ellen Wright. Hardcover, 224 pages. Artisan, $35.

Talking with My Mouth Full: Crab Cakes, Bundt Cakes, and Other Kitchen Stories by Bonny Wolf. Hardcover, 272 pages. St. Martin's Press, $24.95.

The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen with Nigel Slater. Hardcover, 416 pages. Gotham Books, $40.

Jamie's Italy by Jamie Oliver. Hardcover, 320 pages. Hyperion, $34.95.

Deep South Parties: How to Survive the Southern Cocktail Hour Without a Box of French Onion Soup Mix, a Block of Processed Cheese, or a Cocktail Weenie by Robert St. John. Hardcover, 272 pages. Hyperion, $19.95.

King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains. Hardcover, 544 pages. Countryman Press, $35.

The Dog Ate It: Cooking for Yourself and Your Four-Legged Friends by Linda West Eckhardt and Barbara Bradley with Judy Kern. Paperback, 160 pages. Gotham Books, $15.

My Grandmother's Chinese Kitchen: 100 Family Recipes and Life Lessons by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo. Hardcover, 288 pages. A Home Book, $25.95.

Happy in the Kitchen by Michel Richard. Hardcover, 352 pages. Artisan, $45.

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