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Random House Children’s Books’ Holiday Gift-Giving Guide! Lasting, memorable gifts for every age

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 26, 2009

The Children’s Book Review proudly shares this list of GREAT books all published by Random House.

PICTURE BOOK

For your little prince or princess . . .

Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated)

PRINCESS HYACINTH (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated)

by Florence Parry Heide; illustrated by Lane Smith

A bestselling Caldecott Honor artist and a legendary author team up to brings kids Princess Hyacinth, who has one very big problem: she floats!

Schwartz & Wade Books / 978-0-375-84501-7 / September 22, 2009 /$17.99 / $22.00 / Ages 4–8 / 48 pages

Add this book to your collection: PRINCESS HYACINTH (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated)

MIDDLE GRADE

Share this critically acclaimed classic-in-the-making . . .

When You Reach Me WHEN YOU REACH ME

by Rebecca Stead

“Absorbing.”—People Magazine

“Smart and mesmerizing.”—The New York Times Book Review

Notes from a mysterious stranger lead Miranda to believe she may be the only one able to prevent a horrible death.

Wendy Lamb Books / 978-0-385-73742-5 / July 14, 2009 / $15.99 / $17.99 / Ages 9–14 / 208 pages

Add this book to your collection: WHEN YOU REACH ME

For comic book fans and reluctant boy readers . . .

Powerless POWERLESS

by Matthew Cody

Daniel’s new friends are superheroes who secretly do good in their town. But when their powers might be taken away, can normal-kid Daniel save the day?

Alfred A. Knopf / 978-0-375-85595-5 / October 27, 2009 / $15.99 / $19.99 / 10 up / 288 pages

Add this book to your collection: POWERLESS

For Harry Potter fans . . .

The Blue Shoe: A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes THE BLUE SHOE: A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes

by Roderick Townley; illustrated by Mary GrandPré

Harry Potter illustrator Mary GrandPré lends her touch to this modern-day fairy tale printed in blue ink.

Alfred A. Knopf / 978-0-375-85600-6 October 13, 2009 / $16.99 / $21.00 / Ages 8–12 / 272 pages

Add this book to your collection: THE BLUE SHOE: A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes

For the child who loves to know it all . . .

A Really Short History of Nearly Everything A REALLY SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

by Bill Bryson

Bryson’s worldwide bestseller is now in a new format for young people. Tackling everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson’s inimitable storytelling skill makes scientific discovery entertaining and accessible.

Delacorte Press / 978-0-385-73810-1 / October 27, 2009 / $19.99 / Ages 9–12 / 176 pages

Add this book to your collection: A REALLY SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

For the adventure-loving reader too young for Dan Brown . . .

Century #1: Ring of Fire: Century Book #1 (Century Quartet) CENTURY #1: Ring of Fire

by P. D. Baccalario; translated by Leah D. Janeczko

Start your lover of adventure on this first installment in a four-part international mystery series that will take four cities and four extraordinary kids to solve.

Random House / 978-0-375-85895-6 / September 8, 2009 / $16.99 / $21.00 / Ages 10–13 / 304 pages

Add this book to your collection: CENTURY #1: Ring of Fire

For creating New Year’s resolutions . . .

Today I Will: A Year of Quotes, Notes, and Promises to Myself TODAY I WILL

by Eileen and Jerry Spinelli

In dated entries meant to be read each day, the esteemed husband-and-wife team open with a brief literary quote, write a paragraph of lively advice, and end with a “Today I will . . .” promise.

Alfred A. Knopf / 978-0-375-84057-9 / October 13, 2009 / $15.99 / $19.99 / Ages 10 up / 384 pages

Add this book to your collection: TODAY I WILL

For the horse lover . . .

The Georges and the Jewels THE GEORGES AND THE JEWELS

by Jane Smiley

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jane Smiley makes her debut for young readers in this stirring novel set on a California horse ranch in the 1960s.

Alfred A. Knopf / 978-0-375-86227-4 / September 8, 2009 /$16.99 / $21.99 / Ages 10 up / 240 pages

Add this book to your collection: THE GEORGES AND THE JEWELS

YOUNG ADULT

For Paolini fans . . .

Eragon's Guide to Alagaesia ERAGON’S GUIDE TO ALAGAËSIA

by Christopher Paolini

This oversized, full-color guide of Eragon’s home provides fifteen spreads chock full of spectacular artwork, engaging novelty elements, and fascinating insights that Paolini fans will love.

Alfred A. Knopf / 978-0-375-85823-9 / November 3, 2009 / $24.99 / $29.99 / Ages 9 up / 32 pages

Add this book to your collection: ERAGON’S GUIDE TO ALAGAËSIA

Brisingr Deluxe Edition (Inheritance) BRISINGR Deluxe Edition

by Christopher Paolini

This
deluxe edition includes deleted scenes, an exclusive foldout poster,
never-before-seen art by the author, and a guide to dwarf runes.

Alfred A. Knopf / 978-0-375-85481-1 / October 13, 2009 / $29.99 / $37.00 / Ages 12 up / 800 pages

Add this book to your collection: BRISINGR Deluxe Edition

For your teen who likes dystopian fiction . . .

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy (Hardback)) MAZE RUNNER

by James Dashner

Thomas wakes up in the Glade., a place where a group of kids is stranded with no idea of how or why they are there. The Gladers must learn to join together to find a way out.

Delacorte Press / 978-0-385-73794-4 / October 6, 2009 / $16.99 / $21.00 / 12 up / 384 pages

Add this book to your collection: MAZE RUNNER

For the Twighlight lover . . .

Fallen FALLEN

by Lauren Kate

This first novel in a darkly romantic four-book series about fallen angels and forbidden love poses the question: what if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

Delacorte Press / 978-0-385-73893-4 / December 8, 2009 / $17.99 / $22.99 / Ages 12 up / 464 pages

Add this book to your collection: FALLEN

For your young comedian . . .

Going Bovine GOING BOVINE

by Libba Bray

When Cam finds out he’s sick, he sets off on a wacky American road trip adventure with the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome.

Delacorte Press / 978-0-385-73397-7 / September 22, 2009 / $17.99 / $23.00 / Ages 14 up / 496 pages

Add this book to your collection: GOING BOVINE


HOLIDAY THEMED

Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night ZIGAZAK!: A Magical Hanukkah Night

by Eric A. Kimmel; illustrated by Jon Goodell

When two tricky devils arrive in the town of Brisk to cause mischief on the first night of Hanukkah, the town rabbi must triumph over them in a contest of wits.

Doubleday / 978-0-385-32652-0 / November 11, 2009 / $19.99 / $22.99 / Ages 4–8 / 32 pages

Add this book to your collection: ZIGAZAK!: A Magical Hanukkah Night

Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May)

JUNIE B., FIRST GRADER: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.)

by Barbara Park; illustrated by Denise Brunkus

When everyone in Room One picks names for Secret Santa, Junie B. gets stuck with Tattletale May! Maybe, just maybe, a Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves.

Random House / 978-0-375-82809-6 / September 22, 2009 / $4.99 / $5.99 / Ages 6–9 / 128 pages

Add this book to your collection: JUNIE B., FIRST GRADER: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! Party Edition

by Dr. Seuss

A new foil cover entices readers to rediscover the Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small. The Grinch hates Who-ville’s holiday celebrations and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming.

Random House / 978-0-394-80079-0 / August 11, 2009 / $15.00 / $18.99 / Ages 6–9 / 64 pages

Add this book to your collection: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! Party Edition

The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll THE ALL-I’LL-EVER-WANT CHRISTMAS DOLL

by Patricia McKissack; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Christmas teaches Nella that nothing can replace the company of her sister, when the gift of a beautiful Baby Betty doll pulls them apart.

Schwartz & Wade / 978-0-375-83759-3 / September 11, 2007 / $16.99 / $21.99 Can. / Ages 4–8 / 40 pgs

Add this book to your collection: THE ALL-I’LL-EVER-WANT CHRISTMAS DOLL

A Christmas Memory A CHRISTMAS MEMORY 50th Anniversary Edition

by Truman Capote; illustrated by Beth Peck

First published in 1956, this much-sought-after autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote’s rural Alabama boyhood recalls memories of beloved holiday rituals.

Alfred A. Knopf / 978-0-375-83789-0 / October 10, 2006 / $17.95 / $23.95 Can. / Ages 12 up / 48 pages

Add this book to your collection: A CHRISTMAS MEMORY 50th Anniversary Edition

The Nutcracker

THE NUTCRACKER

by Stephanie Spinner; illustrated by Peter Malone

The Nutcracker is brought to life in this beautifully illustrated retelling of the ballet, with a 78-minute CD of Tchaikovsky’s music performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra.

Alfred A. Knopf / 978-0-375-84464-5 / October 14, 2008 / $16.99 / $19.99 Can. / Ages 4–8 / 40 pages

Add this book to your collection: THE NUTCRACKER


Random House Books for Young Readers, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Golden Books, David Fickling Books, Schwartz & Wade Books, Robin Corey Books, and Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers are imprints of the Random House Children’s Books division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG.

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Comments
  • Great list! I just received When You Reach Me as a birthday gift and I’m so excited to read it. And tomorrow I will have my review of The Maze Runner up, which was an amazing book by the way. Thanks again for the list!

    November 28, 2009
  • Happy Birthday!

    November 29, 2009

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