‘Tis the season of buying wonderful books to put under the tree for our favorite people (or, for some, ’tis the season to build a tree out of books).

A friend who knows that LitKid and I have a blog about kids’ books asked if I had any book suggestions for their daughter, a friend of LitKid’s who is also a voracious reader and dedicated Harry Potter fan; she especially likes fantasy.

Here are a few off-the-cuff recommendations of all kinds, mostly from LitKid (if she reviewed it earlier this year, you’ll be able to link to her review):

  • The Emerald Atlas, John Stephens
  • Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick (these are both masterpieces; I’ve never been able to wrap my head around how someone can have so much talent in so many realms ~ storytelling, style and artistry)
  • Moon Over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool (this may be my favorite of all the books I read alongside LitKid this year)
  • When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
  • Wild Things, Clay Carmichael (a “local”  ~ Carmichael lives one county over)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
  • Kiki Strike (series), Kirsten Miller
  • The Penderwicks (series), Jeanne Birdsall
  • Bunnicula, James Howe and Deborah Howe (recommended by Rosemary, our friend in the Quail Ridge Books kids’ department)
  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Johnathan Stroud (LitKid has this, but hasn’t started reading yet; it comes highly recommended by our Quail Ridge experts)

~ AKid@Heart and LitKid