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Mrs. P's Picks: Best Children's Books

What better gift to give the child in your life than the gift of reading?

Mrs. P, the librarian from, a magical online library devoted to inspiring children to read, shares the holiday season's best children's books.

Best Classics: $10 & Under

  • "Rapunzel" by Paul O. Zelinsky and The Brothers Grimm
  • "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" by Jan Brett
  • "Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter

    Best Young Adult Fiction: $15 and Under

  • "Tennyson" by Lesley M. M. Blume
    Set in the deep South during the Depression-era 1930s, a very precocious 11-year-old girl is abandoned by her dad at her family's ancestral plantation and sets out to right some terrible wrongs.
  • "The Comeback Season" by Jennifer E. Smith
    What do you do when you lose someone you love? This is the story of how one girl, who happens to be a huge Chicago Cubs fan, survives a great loss by hanging out at Wrigley Field and meeting someone very special there.
  • "The Tales Of Beedle The Bard" by J. K. Rowling
    This one's for "Harry Potter" fans! Hermione's translation of the Wizarding classic you read about in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows."

    Best New Children's Books: $17 & Under

  • "Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship" by Nikki Giovanni
    In 1865 Abraham Lincoln invited Frederick Douglass to the White House for his Inauguration as president -- a time when racial tensions were running high. This book offers a glimpse into that historical evening, and the friendship of these two American leaders. Illustrated by Bryan Collier.
  • "It's Time To Sleep My Love" by Eric Metaxas
    Illustrated by the incredibly talented Nancy Tillman, this book is a watercolor lullaby to all the animals in the forest.
  • "Drummer Boy" by Loren Long
    The story of a little drummer boy who goes on a journey and finds himself at a very special birth.

    Best Pop Up Books: $30 & Under

  • "ABC3D" by Marion Bataille
    A super cool pop-up alphabet book that adults will love, too.
  • "Olive, the Other Reindeer" by Vivian Walsh, J.otto Seibold
    A sweet story about a dog named Olive who happily misunderstands the lyrics "all of the other reindeer" to be "Olive, the other reindeer," and runs off to the North Pole to join his tribe.
  • "Brava, Strega Nona!" by Tomie dePaola, Robert Sabuda, Matthew Reinhart
    An absolutely gorgeous book about an Italian grandmother who had lived a life full of love and cooking!
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