The Bookstorian’s Recommendations for Children and Young Adult
Our resident reader recommends books for children and young adults
If you’re under the impression that children (including those new teenagers who no longer respond if you call them “children”) don’t want books as presents — an impression that I categorically refuse to believe — entertain the possibility that you’re picking the wrong intellectual fruit. Instead of attempting to put yourself in their shoes, why not opt for writers whom you love, and trust that your progeny will love them too?
Case in point, there’s Pablo Neruda’s Book of Questions, suitable for ages five and up, a timeless curiosity expander which has been illustrated for the first time in this gorgeous bilingual (English and Spanish) edition.
For a step up to the middle grades, try Unstoppable Us, Volume 1: How Humans Took Over the World by Yuval Noah Harari — yes, the author whose book Sapiens no doubt blew your mind, and this first entry into a 4-volume series will now offer kids the same mind-boggling jolt.
Last on the docket is Red Scare, which may seem dark subject matter to pair with snowflake wrapping paper, but it’s also a graphic novel, a bit of an easier entry point. Furthermore, it’s one from Liam Francis Walsh, who also happens to be a first-rate New Yorker cartoonist.
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