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Best Children & Youth Books Of 2012

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It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation.  But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook… an iPad or even (yes!) paper…and dig deep into a great story.

If you're looking for a really good present for your son, daughter, or other kid in your life, consider the gift of reading.

You’ve probably heard by now that reading is good for your kids…and the winter break might just be great excuse to reinforce studies of the same sort.  Thursday on Up to Date, three Johnson County Librarians back us up on this theory… and share some of their favorite reads of 2012 for kids of all ages.

We want to hear your kids' favorites, too. Call us at 816 235 2888, email us your title and a one line description, Tweet us @KCURUptoDate, post below, or on KCUR's Facebook page.

Kate McNair's Recommendations for Teens

Dennis Ross's Recommendations for Kids

Debbie McLeod's Recommendations for Kids

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.