The gift of a good read | Culture & Leisure

Ten reasons why books make the best gifts:

1. Books are easier to wrap than a soccer ball. | 2. Books open up new worlds for the reader.

3. Books make people smarter. | 4. Books can tickle funny bone, make you cry, or scare you.

5. Books introduce new ideas. | 6. Books do not require stacks or assembly.

7. Books teach empathy and make people better human beings. | 8. Books help you relax.

9. Books can be enjoyed almost anywhere, anytime. | 10. Books usually don’t break.

Here are some great books released in 2021 to delight the kids and teens in your life:

Pre-reader and growing reader

“Construction site: the road team, coming soon! “

By Sherri Duskey Rinker; illustrated by Ag Ford

In this story told in a rhyming text, seven new road-building machines went into a job – building, rolling, paving and painting a whole new road.

“Narwhal School of Awesomeness” (Narwhal and Jelly Book No. 6)

By Ben Clanton

Narwhal and Jelly become the coolest teachers in the world’s waters in the hilarious sixth book in this blockbuster graphic novel series. Young readers can delve into four new stories about Narwhal and Jelly becoming substitute teachers.

“It fell from the sky”

Written and illustrated by brothers Terry and Eric Fan

It fell from the sky on a Thursday. None of the insects know where it came from, or what it is. Some say it’s an egg; others, a ball of gum. But whatever it is, he fell near Spider’s house, so he’s convinced it belongs to him. The illustrations, rendered digitally and in graphite, offer fascinating sharpness, definition and detail.

“Lost in the Museum: An Adventure to Seek-and-Find at the Met”

By Will Mabbitt; illustrated by Aaron Cushley

Seven-year-old Stevie is lost in the galleries and needs to locate a series of works of art to find her way to her family. Can you help her? Perfect for Hidden Image fans ages 7-9.

Intermediate level

“Amari and the Brothers of the Night”

By BB Alston

“Artemis Fowl” meets “Men in Black” in this exhilarating mid-level first fantasy, the first in a trilogy. Amari, 13, a poor black girl from the Projects, receives an invitation from her missing brother to join the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs and join the fight against an evil magician.


By RJ Palacio

The best-selling author of “Wonder” returns with an exciting adventure about a boy on a quest to save his father, with only a ghost as a companion and a mysterious pony as a guide.

“Beatryce’s Prophecy”

By Kate DiCamillo

The prophecy predicted a girl who would “overthrow a king and bring about a great change.” With the help of a demonic goat and the ability to read and write (skills considered illegal for women in this medieval world), Beatryce is ready to do just that. DiCamillo’s fantasy doesn’t have magic, but it’s a sweet story of the power of love and the determination to do the right thing, even when that thing comes at a high personal cost.

“The last children on Earth and the doomsday race”

By Max Brallier

With his growing zombie-control powers, Jack Sullivan and his pals take a road trip to the mysterious Tower, where they must once and for all prevent Rezzoch the Elder, Destroyer of Worlds, from descending to our dimension. in Book 7 of the Best-Selling “The Last Children on Earth” series.


“The firefighter’s daughter”

By Angéline Boulley

Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite his place, in his hometown or on the neighboring Ojibway reserve. She dreams of a new start to college, but when a family tragedy strikes, Daunis puts her future on hold to take care of her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit to his brother’s hockey team. Yet even though Daunis falls in love with Jamie, she feels the hockey star is hiding something. It all comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, prompting her into an FBI investigation into a deadly new drug.

” Prepare “

By Bethany Mangle

Raised among doomsday planners, Becca Aldaine’s life has centered on planning for the worst, but when her escape plan is compromised, she turns to the boy in the bunker next door – that she should marry – and hope for the best.

“You will be my death”

By Karen M. McManus

Distant friends Ivy, Mateo and Cal witness a murder while skipping school, and the only way to solve it is to reveal what they were hiding from each other – and themselves.

“When the world was ours”

By Liz Kessler

The “brutally honest and utterly believable” (Book List, Star Review) story of three young friends whose destinies intertwined during the devastation of the Holocaust is based on a true story.

Neuman is the Youth Services Librarian at the Asotin County Library in Clarkston.

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