About Me

My name is Genevieve Woods and in addition to being the mother of an adorable preschooler named Oscar and his adorable toddler brother Henry, I am the Children's Buyer at Spellbinder Books, a small independent bookstore in Bishop, California. I am often asked by customers for recommendations...and thus the idea for this blog was sparked.

Many sites recommending books for kids are created by librarians and non-profits. While these are great sites, they often recommend out-of-print books. This site is all about the great books that are available now! While I am not being paid for these recommendations, I would appreciate it if readers would purchase the books I recommend from local independent bookstores, or even B&N. Basically don't buy from the evil empire (A_A_O_), because if you do much of our literary knowledge will be lost.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Best Books for Youth from 2011!

My Favorite Books for Youth from 2011!
(Youth = ages 8-12)
by Shel Silverstein
This new compilation of Silverstein poems is just as funny and touching as Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic! Although I have this categorized as Youth, this book is wonderful for all between the ages of 4 & 99!

by Doreen Cronin
You can read all about my love for this title on my earlier blog post by clicking here, but to recap - The Trouble with Chickens is a crime noir for kids! J.J. Tully is a retired search-and-rescue dog looking forward to a life of relaxation in the yard, so of course he gets roped into finding a chicken's missing chick. There's villains, adventure, daring escapes, and lots and lots of laughs. This is the BEST crime book for grades 3-7 EVER WRITTEN! 
by Laura Amy Schlitz
I first wrote about this book in May of 2010, when it came out in hardcover. Well now in 2011 the paperback is available! This tale of an injured fairy is the best of the many fairy stories I've read. It isn't sweet, it isn't sappy, but it is touching, endearing, and very very memorable. Author Laura Amy Schlitz is a Newbery winner, and they don't give that award to just anybody.

by Astrid Lindgren
illustrated by Lauren Child
Question: What's better than Astric Lindgren's world-famous story of an unusual girl of unusual strength named Pippi Longstocking?
Answer: Her tale of an unusual girl of unusual strength illustrated by the accomplished artist & author Lauren Child. Pippi Longstocking is even more fun when bright and colorful illustrations greet you on every other page.

by Orson Scott Card
The famous author of Ender's Game has written a smashing fantasy/adventure novel for youth 10-14! A medieval world with space-age secrets is the backdrop for a young runaway king just learning to handle his magical powers. Originally published in Hardcover in 2010 this fantastic fantasy is now available in paperback.

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