The 7 Books to Get for Your Kids Right Now

SPRING 2018
By Elana Lyn Gross for Modern Muse

The weather is still chilly, but that's the perfect excuse to curl up with a stack of good books, hot chocolate and some freshly baked cookies. Instead of braving the weather with your family, get cozy and read together with these selections, all available at Barnes & Noble.

Ages 3–5

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If you grew up loving Eloise's escapades at The Plaza Hotel, you'll love reading Olivia with your kids. Like Eloise, the precocious pig heroine is cultured, energetic, and wise beyond her years. Instead of spending the day at the Plaza Hotel, Olivia likes to wear people out by singing loud songs, painting Pollacks on the wall, and pranking her little brother. Olivia falls asleep after her mom reads her stories, so by the end of the book it will be bedtime at your house and hers.

Ages 4–8

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Looking for a book to read with your child who asks seemingly never-ending questions? Curious kids will enjoy learning everything about the stars in the sky, as well as everything star-shaped. Stars is beautifully illustrated by Marla Frazee, the creator of the hilarious book The Boss Baby, which is now an Oscar-nominated movie featuring Alec Baldwin.

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Following her extensive career in politics, Hillary Rodham Clinton was inspired to write a children's book about civic activism. When the kids in the book discover a lone tree, they decide it would be a perfect place for a park — so they come together and make it happen. It Takes a Village is about a community that makes the world better for everyone (one playground at a time).

Ages 8–12

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Think of this one as Meditation 101. Ziji: The Puppy Who Learned to Meditate teaches meditation through the lens of a rambunctious hound who calms down by learning to meditate. The book includes a short guidebook about the benefits of meditation and how to teach your kids to start their own practice.

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They say there's no crying in baseball, but this book about baseball is a tear-jerker. When the star of the baseball team quits playing after his brother dies, people don't understand how he could leave the team and sport he loves. Will he go back to baseball? The Only Game will knock it out of the park for the kid who collects baseball cards, watches every game, and can't wait to be up to bat.

Ages 13+

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Stars — they're just like us. Even superstars have to deal with the ups and downs of high school, like first dates, straight As, cliques, friend drama, bullying and pop quizzes. In Surviving High School: A Novel, Vine superstar Lele Pons writes a fictional memoir about a girl who reaches social media stardom ... and still has to ask for a hall pass.

Ages 14+

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower was first published in 1999 — before social media, iPhones, and One Direction — but it was made into a movie in 2012. Although the book is older than many of its readers, it covers tough topics that are still relevant today, like bullying and depression. If you watched The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, and Sixteen Candles on repeat, you'll probably want to borrow this book after your teen is done with it.

Looking for more book recommendations? Check out these cookbooks. (You may even find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe for story time!)