Teenagers' Den

The Night Before Christmas, Clement Clarke Moore and Jan Brett, Putnam Juvenile

The Night Before Christmas, Clement Clarke Moore and Jan Brett, Putnam Juvenile
This book was inspired by the classic Christmas poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, written by Clement Clarke Moore. This version is accompanied by Jann Brett's illustrations in a stunning edition in which antique toys and exquisite ornaments frame the borders. The remaining stories are quaint and...

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The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats, Viking Books

The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats, Viking Books
No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day.

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The Green Ember, S. D. Smith, Story Warren Books

The Green Ember, S. D. Smith, Story Warren Books
I struggled in the first few chapters because a tale of two rabbit siblings who learn a lot about friendship, bravery, and sacrifice in 360 pages seemed excessive, but the author someone lets us forget that Heather and Picket are animals and instead we relate to the heros in these...

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Llama Llama Red Pajama, Anna Dewdney, Viking Books

Llama Llama Red Pajama, Anna Dewdney, Viking Books
Anna Dewdney does a nice job matching rhymes with her own whimsical illustrations in recreating the real-life scences we encounter whilst putting children to bed. This book might help give your kids that extra bit of reassurance to be left in "the dark".  

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Go, Dog. Go!, P.D. Eastman, Random House Books

Go, Dog. Go!, P.D. Eastman, Random House Books
This book introduces counting, colors, and spacial orientation amongst other things in a fun and simple way. This book for for very early readers between 3 and 6 years of age.

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Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown, Harper Collins

Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown, Harper Collins
Alas, Summer is over and it's Back to School time. Your chidren might be all fussy because they don't want to go to sleep. If you don't already have Goodnight Moon, this is very simplistic read to get them ready for bed. Sure the pictures seem like they are from another time, but there is a...

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A Tale from Redwall, Brian Jacques, Firebird

A Tale from Redwall, Brian Jacques, Firebird
This book explores the world of woodland creatures living quietly at Redwall Abbey, however a sea rat warlord wants to destroy this tranquility and claim ownership of Redwall Abbey. Lots of battle scenes which I think young boys will enjoy more than girls.

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The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein, Harper Collins

The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein, Harper Collins
If you’re looking for a children’s book that teaches generosity or unselfishness, you have found it right here. The Giving Tree is a tender story, touched with sadness mind you, but offers a great message on love. 

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Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans, Puffin Books

Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans, Puffin Books
Quite an entertaining choice for a bedtime story if you have an inquisitive child who asks many questions. Madeline does just the same in this book so it might be a springboard for never-ending conversations. However, it is a charming read with lovely illustrations.

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick Press

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick Press
Edward Tulane is a cold-hearted rabbit who one day seeks a path to redemption. The authors conveys an imporant message on how an individual who may seem arrogant is perfectly able to change into someone grateful and loving. A great read for the 8 and 9 age category.

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