Give the gift of reading with library booklist

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012, 9:28 am

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

Visit the 2012 Holiday Booklist to see what we consider recommended reading for all ages, and check out these titles for free before heading to the stores!

The littlest readers will love bathtime and bedtime board books, with Five Little Monkeys Jump in the Bath and Llama Llama Nighty Night.

Bigger kids will get a kick out of favorite characters like Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons and Elephant and Piggie in Let's Go for a Drive. Beginning readers will find a new hero in Captain Awesome to the Rescue!

Teen readers can travel back in time to 15th century France in Grave Mercy or to 1920s New York City in The Diviners. Or, jump ahead in time with BZRK. More fantasy picks for teens include a body-swapping romance with Every Day and a brain-eating zombie adventure with This is Not a Test. The illustrated Darth Vader and Son will also be good for a laugh.

Adult fiction picks cover crime on a family farm in the English countryside with The Secret Keeper and a mystery on a Southern plantation with The Cutting Season. Two titles take readers on a mission for redemption in The Time Keeper and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

Get into the holiday spirit with adult nonfiction pick Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends by Pippa Middleton, royal sister-in-law. More picks include titles that will appeal to foodies and world travelers alike, such as Food Lover's Guide to the World: Experience the Great Global Cuisines by Lonely Planet and My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story, with Recipes.

Wax poetic with The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, award-winning American poet. Explore different sorts of collections in My Ideal Bookshelf and Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection.

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