Give the gift of reading with library booklist

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011, 9:31 am

Readers will rave when they unwrap any of the books found on the library's annual list of holiday recommendations.

Visit the 2011 Holiday Booklist to see what we consider recommended reading for all ages, and check out these titles for free before heading to the stores!

Little ones can wallow in fun with picture books like Pig Kahuna, Hogwash! and Should I Share My Ice Cream? (featuring Elephant and Piggie, naturally).

Kids can enter a world of fantasy, with fiction titles like Kat Incorrigible, Sidekicks, A World Without Heroes and The Emerald Atlas. Or, they can learn how to turn fantasy into reality with 101 Ways to Become a Superhero— or an Evil Genius.

Titles for teens cover more somber territory. Check out fictional tales of teens overcoming disaster, such as Between Shades of Gray, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Trapped. Explore the untimely ends of a variety of real-life notable figures and learn how to avoid their fates in How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous and How to Survive Anything.

Fiction for adults addresses big themes like love and war, with The Language of Flowers, The Marriage Plot, The Good Muslim and One Was a Soldier. Readers will also enjoy stunning short stories, with Pulse and The Big Book of Adventure Stories.

Non-fiction options for adults cover cooking, humor and other delights. Satisfy those with a sweet tooth with Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home and Macarons. Give the gift of laughter with new titles from from Tina Fey (Bossypants) and Patton Oswalt (Zombie Spaceship Wasteland). Or, find joy in the natural world with photos by Anne Geddes in Beginnings and enjoy fascinating artifacts in Encyclopedia of the Exquisite.

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