As you might expect, the librarians and independent books sellers of Wellesley and Weston were overflowing with suggestions for great books to give as holiday gifts.  Since we struggled with which books to include in the article, “Books for Everyone on Your Holiday List,” here are the titles that we couldn’t fit in print.  

Now, you’ll certainly have a reading list to take you and yours past the holidays… all the way through summer.  

Babies – Early Elementary Schoolers

The Little Books Boxed Set (Rosenthal)

Finn Throws a Fit! (Elliott)

What Is This? (Damm)

My Little Stella Library (Gay)

My Little Red Fire Truck (Johnson)

Tacky the Penguin (Lester)

Here’s a Little Poem (Yolen)

Ladybug Girl (Soman)

Trouble Gum (Cordell)

Beyond the Great Mountains:  A Visual Poem About China (Young)

Elephant & Piggie:  Watch Me Throw the Ball! (Willems)

Chasing Degas (Montanari)


One Giant Leap:  Apollo 11 Remembered (Bizony)

Rebecca Boxed Set, American Girls Collection (Greene)

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma (Stewart)

The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5 (Riordan)

The Dragon of Trelian (Knudsen)

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (Birdsall)

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (Krosoczka)

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Kelly)

When You Reach Me (Stead)

The Time Travelers’ Handbook: A Wild, Wacky, and Wooly Adventure Through History! (Stride)

The Greatest Moments in Sports (Berman)


A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition (Bryson)

The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion (Teen Vogue)

Leviathan (Westerfeld)

Anne Frank: Her life in words and pictures from the archives of The Anne Frank House (Metselaar)

The Conch Bearer (Divakaruni)

Coke or Pepsi? 1000 Coke or Pespsi Questions 2 Ask Your Friends! (Gill)

High School

Shiver (Stiefvater)

Fire (Cashore)

Love is the Higher Law (Levithan)

A Prayer for Owen Meany (Irving)

When the Game Was Ours (Bird/Johnson)

The Hunger Games (Collins)

The Book of the Moon (Stroud)

The Demon’s Lexicon (Brennan)

Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes (Johnson)

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (Patterson)


The Lost Symbol (Brown)

That Old Cape Magic (Russo)

South of Broad (Conroy)

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Larsson)

Secrets to Happiness: A Novel (Dunn)

Catching Fire:  How Cooking Made Us Human (Wrangham)

Regarding Heroes (Karsh)

Long Lost (Coben)

The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog (Ellis-Bell)

April 1865: The Month That Saved America (Winik)

Weekend Retreats (Salk)

Kitchen Express: 404 inspired seasonal dishes you can make in 20 minutes or less (Bittman)

Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy (Canellos)

Thanks once again to the librarians and independent booksellers in Wellesley and Weston for their time and insights.