December Titles for Young People
Reading Takes You Here, There, and Everywhere
Are We There Yet?
by Dan Santat
This creative and humorous picture book from Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat follows the adventure or misadventure if you prefer of a family on a trek to grandma’s house. During the trip, a boy feels time slowing down so much that it starts going backward--into the time of pirates! Of princesses! Of dinosaurs! When time flies, who knows where--or when--we'll end up.
When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
When You Reach Me is a must-read for anyone who has ever been captivated by the power of a story. It is a reminder of the transformative potential of words and the profound impact that storytelling can have on our lives and the world around us.
The Wizard of Oz
This classic musical never fails to transport me back to my childhood, to the first time I travelled along the yellow brick road to the wonderful world of Oz.
by Norton Juster
Through the doorway of a phantom tollbooth lies the world of the Lands Beyond! Milo and his trusty companions travel the captivating country as they run into all sorts of unusual people creating a memorable journey for all readers.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling
When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves...But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss.
by Alice McLerran
Roxaboxen seems like a barren patch of desert, but, to the children who inhabit it, it is a busy little town where imaginations can soar. The discarded desert glass decorates glittering houses, the rocks line pathways to bustling shops, and the hilly landscape is where wars are waged and town meetings are held. This book is an old favorite of mine that never fails to transport me back to when I was a child and remind me of how far my imagination carried me.