Best Books For Kids This Holiday Season

This holiday season, our sister company, Simon & Schuster, has the perfect gifts for every young reader in your life. From fantasy and thrillers for teens to hilarious and beautiful picture books, the best gifts can be found at your local bookstore.
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The Diabolic
By S. J. Kincaid
Age 14 & Up

Perfect for the teen in your life who loves Red Queen and The Hunger Games, The Diabolic is the epic story of what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.

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Lady Midnight
By Cassandra Clare
Age 14 & Up

Lady Midnight is the sequel to Cassandra Clare’s bestselling “Moral Instruments” series and the first book in her “Dark Articles” series. This time, the shadowhunters of Los Angeles star as they investigate a demonic plot that stretches across the city. This is the perfect gift for your teen who has been obsessed with urban fantasy.

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Scythe
By Neal Shusterman
Ages 12 & Up

In a world without hunger, disease, or war, scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe and must master the “art” of killing, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own lives.

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Dork Diaries 11: Tales From A Not-So-Friendly Frenemy
By Rachel Renee Russell
Ages 9-13

The eleventh installment in the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling middle grade series. Nikki Maxwell has the worst luck when she’s assigned to spend student exchange week at the new school of her arch nemesis, Mackenzie. Readers can follow every moment of the drama through Nikki’s diary entries in this latest Dork Diary.

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The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero
By Rachel Renee Russell
Ages 9-13

Locker Hero is the first in a brand-new series from the Dork Diaries author. Max Crumbly is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been: South Ridge Middle School where he must face the school bully whose hobby is stuffing Max in his locker. The perfect read for the new middle school student in your life.

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The Lost Property Office
By James R. Hannibal
Ages 8-12

This is a thrilling adventure through history, complete with mysteries, secret items, and a touch of magic. When Jack’s father goes missing, Jack discovers his father was part of a secret society of detectives. Now, in order to see his father again, Jack must uncover a secret that has been kept since the Great Fire of London.

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The Bossier Baby
By Marla Frazee
Ages 0-8

The sequel to Marla Frazee’s Boss Baby, there’s a new little sister CEO in town! Told with Frazee’s signature wit and humor, The Bossier Baby is perfect for children (and parents!) adjusting to a new brother or sister.

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The Nutcracker
By New York City Ballet
Ages 4-8

A must have for every aspiring ballerina’s library, the New York City Ballet presents a classic tale and holiday favorite. The storyline of this gorgeous picture book follows the choreography of the famous ballet, and the illustrations are inspired by the backdrops from the actual production.

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Take Heart, My Child
By Ainsley Earhardt
Ages 4-8

Popular FOX news anchor Ainsley Earhardt’s lyrical lullaby inspires children to follow their dreams and passions and shares precious life lessons parents can pass onto their children. A beautiful bedtime story.

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PJ Masks: To the Cat-Car!
By Daphne Pendergrass
Ages 2-6

An exciting, interactive book, including moveable wheels to really make the cat-car go. Kids will love racing around with this board book based on Disney Junior’s hit preschool series, PJ Masks.

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