Booksmith's 2023 Holiday Catalog—Kids picks!

Our annual catalog of bookseller-selected gifts is here! Grab a physical copy at the shop, or see the kids picks below. You can find the grown-up books at this link, and if you're feeling overwhelmed, gift certificates are available on our website.

Don't forget: email Concierge@Booksmith.com to book your one-on-one shopping appointment with our lead book buyer.

Please note: To ensure orders arrive by Christmas, basic shipping orders should be placed by 12/15, and priority shipping orders placed by 12/18.

Questions? Email orders@booksmith.com. Thanks!

 

 

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Dragon's First Taco (from the creators of Dragons Love Tacos) By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593533178
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - September 26th, 2023

A taco-shaped board book about the joys of making and eating tacos—what’s not to like? Ensure your littles love tacos as much as we do with this cute and clever introduction to the Dragons Love Tacos series.


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The Ferris Wheel By Tu¨lin Kozikoglu, Hu¨seyin Sönmezay (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781623717216
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Published: Crocodile Books - November 21st, 2023

Two families in two parts of the world begin their day from vastly different circumstances, and then collide through happenstance on the Ferris wheel.


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How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536223767
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Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2023

Santa’s magic has mystified children for generations! In this darling holiday tale, Barnett explores tons of whimsical explanations as to how Santa makes it all happen. From washing his sooty clothes before leaving for the next house to shrinking down to the size of a mouse, Santa’s possible antics will have you cracking up.


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A Lost Kite By Tasy Young Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781760361662
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Published: Starfish Bay Children's Books - November 6th, 2023

My favorite kind of picturebook, this absurdist romp is a silly little dream with crisp, imaginative illustrations that carry the story along.


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Not He or She, I'm Me By A. M. Wild, Kah Yangni (Illustrator) Cover Image
By A. M. Wild, Kah Yangni (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250818607
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 17th, 2023

Bright, affirmative, easy and welcoming, Wild's primer on simply being yourself is a tonic.


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Mole Is Not Alone By Maya Tatsukawa, Maya Tatsukawa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maya Tatsukawa, Maya Tatsukawa (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250869647
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 3rd, 2023

This sweet gorgeously illustrated book follows a little mole to a party that he's not sure about attending. He meets a friend and figures out that it's okay to decide to take care of yourself instead of committing to social obligations.


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Ludwig and the Rhinoceros By Noemi Schneider, GOLDEN COSMOS (Illustrator), Marshall Yarbrough (Translated by) Cover Image
By Noemi Schneider, GOLDEN COSMOS (Illustrator), Marshall Yarbrough (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780735845275
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Published: NorthSouth Books - September 5th, 2023

There's a rhinoceros in Ludwig's room and for some reason Ludwig's dad just can't seem to see it. Only Ludwig can see where the rhinoceros hides each time. I love the fun illustrations of unlikely hiding spots.


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Stickler Loves the World (A Stickler Story) By Lane Smith Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593649831
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Published: Random House Studio - August 22nd, 2023

Beloved author and illustrator Lane Smith spins us a tale of gratitude, joy, and sticks! I loved the vibrant, offbeat illustrations and how happy Stickler is to just exist!


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The Mouse Who Ate Books (Somos8) By José Carlos Andrés, Katharina Sieg (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9788419607300
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Published: Nubeocho - October 31st, 2023

It's possible that, as booksellers, we shouldn't endorse the eating of books, but if you're going to be as cute as Klaus while you do it, we might look the other way. This beautifully illustrated book is a testamony to power of stories, and finding what makes you feel full. 


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I’m From By Gary R. Gray Jr, Oge Mora (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gary R. Gray Jr, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063089969
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 19th, 2023

"Dreams, hopes, ambitions, lionlike traditions." Where do you come from? This book follows a little boy as he goes through his day, from getting ready for school to getting ready for bed, and all the people, moments and things that tell the story of where he's from.


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Something, Someday By Amanda Gorman, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593203255
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2023

bell hooks once wrote about the power of children to call into question what adults have accepted as "natural" problems that we are powerless to change, and that's what this book illustrates. a beautiful, hopeful reminder that even small changes make a big difference.


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Fungi Grow By Maria Gianferrari, Diana Sudyka (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maria Gianferrari, Diana Sudyka (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665903653
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 17th, 2023

This book is so beautifully illustrated, your little one might not even notice how educational it is. Taking us through the weird and wodnerful lifecycle of a mushroom, this book is the perfect choice for your favorite dirt-digging kid.


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Dim Sum Palace By X. Fang Cover Image
By X. Fang
$18.99
ISBN: 9781774881989
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Published: Tundra Books - September 12th, 2023

I think that this is one of the most well-done picture books I’ve seen. Reminiscent of Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen and Neil Gaiman’s CoralineDim Sum Palace follows a little girl’s love of dim sum into her dreams! Warning: you will definitely be starving by the end!


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Tourmaline: A Picture Book By Davide Calì, Fatinha Ramos (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Davide Calì, Fatinha Ramos (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781849768702
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Published: Tate Publishing - September 12th, 2023

Like the stone its princess is named for, Tourmaline is a gem-bright, captivating presence. A fairy tale retold with illustrations reminiscent of Mary Blair, this is a keeper.


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Lila Greer, Teacher of the Year (The Questioneers) By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419769047
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 7th, 2023

Andrea Beaty and David Roberts are back with another instant classic. Meet Lila Greer, new in town and full of worries. Great rhymes and lovely illustrations.


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Oh, Panda By Cindy Derby Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593564721
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2023

Panda takes on an icy mountain standing between them and their new friend in this beautifully illustrated story about curiosity, perseverance and encouragement! For the kids that jump off their beds with plastic bag parachutes, build sand castle metropolises, and keep getting up no matter how many times they’re knocked down.


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The Magicians By Blexbolex, Karin Snelson (Translated by) Cover Image
By Blexbolex, Karin Snelson (Translated by)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781592704040
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Published: Enchanted Lion - November 7th, 2023

Blexbolex books always give me chills—this one took my breath away. A huntress and a mechanical lion pursue three shape-shifting magicians, but the plot is only a small part the magic here. Every page is stunning, surprising, nourishing, its own work of art with details that become more meaningful as you turn the pages. For the kid AND the coffee table.


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Super Boba Café (Book 1): A Graphic Novel By Nidhi Chanani Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419759574
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 24th, 2023

Thirteen year old Aria has just arrived for a summer in San Francisco, but even boba, grandmas, and pregnant cats can't make her forget about her last school year. This graphic novel is sweet, sincere, and spotlights the power of community with a light touch and rumbling stomach. 


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Wings of Fire: A Guide to the Dragon World By Tui T. Sutherland, Joy Ang (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tui T. Sutherland, Joy Ang (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781338634822
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 3rd, 2023

A treasure trove of dragon lore and captivating art that will ignite your imagination. Tui T. Sutherland and Joy Ang have outdone themselves, making this an absolute must-have for every devoted FanWing out there.


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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Chalice of the Gods (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) By Rick Riordan Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781368098175
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Published: Disney Hyperion - September 26th, 2023

After nine long years, the gang is back and wittier than ever, facing the ultimate challenge of getting Percy into college. Will the Gods ever be through with him?


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The Lost Library By Rebecca Stead, Wendy Mass Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250838810
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 29th, 2023

When a mysterious little free library appears in his small town, Evan and his best friend Rafe soon find themselves looking into a bigger mystery: why did the town’s old library burn down? Told from the perspective of Evan, an old ginger cat, and the ghost of the assistant librarian.


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Juniper’s Christmas By Eoin Colfer Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781250321947
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 31st, 2023

This is absolutely the other Christmas book you didn't know you needed. Eleven-year-old Londoner Juniper Lane enlists Santa's help after her mother disappears, with surprising results.


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Warriors: The Ultimate Guide: Updated and Expanded Edition: A Collectible Gift for Warriors Fans (Warriors Field Guide) By Erin Hunter Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063143968
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Published: HarperCollins - October 31st, 2023

This collectible Warriors guide is a must-have for the fanatic in your house. A full, up-to-the-minute encyclopedia for all things Warriors.


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The Wild Robot Protects By Peter Brown Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316669412
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2023

Just when you thought you'd had enough Wild Robot, here's Robot Roz voyaging to her home island to save it from a toxic spill.


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Deephaven (Deephaven Mystery #1) By Ethan M. Aldridge Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063283169
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 5th, 2023

“’I’m not used to needing help,’ Nev said finally… ‘Of course you are,’ [Danny] said smiling. ‘We all need help. You’re just not used to getting it.’” A gothic dark academia story following Nev, a nonbinary student, and Danny, their warm new friend, to the heart of a sinister plot at Deephaven Academy.


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No Brainer (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 18) By Jeff Kinney Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419766947
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 24th, 2023

Jeff Kinney serves up another hilarious and relatable installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. As Greg faces the prospect of changing schools and leaving behind his best friend, the chaos and charm of middle school life take center stage.


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The Spirit Bares Its Teeth By Andrew Joseph White Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781682636114
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Published: Peachtree Teen - September 5th, 2023

Fierce, dark and sharp as a blade—this book is not for the faint of heart! Perfect for fans of Netflix's Wednesday and lovers of gothic medical horror looking for potency, transgender representation, and neurodiversity! 


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The Siren, the Song, and the Spy By Maggie Tokuda-Hall Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536218053
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Published: Candlewick - September 26th, 2023

I love Maggie's work, and her return to Genevieve's resistance fight against the Nipran Empire is a cause for celebration. Pirates, seafaring, magic, and real justice are all at play, and the world of the Sea continues to raise the stakes.


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Pritty By Keith F. Miller, Jr. Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063264922
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Published: HarperTeen - November 14th, 2023

With a captivating blend of young love, family ties, and the dark cloud of violence hanging over their neighborhood, Jay and Leroy's story is a gripping exploration of the lengths one will go to protect the people and love they hold dear.


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Ryan and Avery By David Levithan Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399553097
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2023

More wonderful queer YA from one of the genre's best voices, just in time for the holidays. Levithan's novel is a warm, generous addition to the shelf of best-beloveds.


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What the River Knows: A Novel (Secrets of the Nile #1) By Isabel Ibañez Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250803375
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Published: Wednesday Books - October 31st, 2023

A glimmering Egyptian historical fiction, a shocking disappearance, and an irresistible enemies to lovers arc!!! What more can I say?


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Love in Winter Wonderland By Abiola Bello Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781641295079
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Published: Soho Teen - October 3rd, 2023

As Trey and Ariel team up to save Wonderland, their chemistry sizzles, making this a heartwarming and enchanting YA love story that will make you believe in the magic of the holiday season and love itself.