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5 Gift Book Recommendations for Young Readers from Third Place Books

​Books are a wonderful gift, especially during the holiday season


Books are a wonderful gift, especially during the holiday season. Seattle’s Child recently reached out to Third Place Books buyers Sarah Keliher and Rene Holderman to find out what book recommendations they have for the young readers on your list.

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, by Selma Lagerlöf, adapted by Kochka and illustrated by Olivier Latyk (Words & Pictures Press), is a Swedish children's classic recently issued in a new edition with gorgeous intricate cut-paper illustrations. Follow Nils as he is shrunk to the size of a thumb and embarks on a journey across the wilds of Sweden. 

 Jill & Dragon, by Lesley Barnes (Tate Publishing) is a beautiful and cheery picture book about a resourceful girl who journeys into a fairy tale to help the story’s dragon find his own happily ever after. The detailed and classical illustrations help tell the story of a gentle message about compassion and finding your own unique talents. 

First Snow, by Bomi Park (Chronicle Books) captures the magic of the year’s first snowfall through the eyes of a very young child. This beautiful picture book is both dreamlike and cozy, with simple text and evocative art that captures the excitement of a day spent exploring the wonder of snow. 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers) is a middle-grade fantasy adventure telling the story of a village trapped by sorrow, a witch who lives in the woods outside and a baby accidently gifted with a great world-changing magic. This enchanting adventure is a fantastic family read-aloud with the opportunity for great discussion. 

Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt), the sequel to Six of Crows, features an incredibly engaging cast of outsiders and misfits. Follow them as they scheme their way through one of the most solidly crafted fantasy worlds in young adult fiction in a darkly comic magical heist adventure with real emotional heft. 

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