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Johnson County Librarians' Book Gift Ideas For Kids And Teens

Danie Alexander
KCUR 89.3

Have a little last minute shopping to do for the young bookworms on your list? With a visit to your local bookstore, and these recommendations from the Johnson County Librarians, you'll be all set. Today, the librarians give us their reading pics for tots to teens and all the kids in-between. 


  • Debbie McCleod, retired librarian.
  • Elena McVicar, youth collections librarian.
  • Dennis Ross, youth services supervisor.


  • If I Had A Little Dream by Nina Laden, Preschool - Kindergarten.
  • After The Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Stantat, Preschool - Grade 2.
  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, Kindergarten - Grade 2.
  • The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy, Kindergarten - Grade 2. 
  • Strong Is The New Pretty: A Celebration Of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker, Kindergarten and up.
  • Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: 100 Tales Of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli, Kindergarten and up. 
  • Sergeant Reckless: The True Story Of The Little Horse Who Became A Hero by Patricia McCormick, Grades 1 - 5.
  • Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, Grade 3 and up. 
  • Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley , Grades 4 - 6.
  • Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia, Grades 4 - 6.
  • Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. edited by Betsy Bird, Grades 4 - 8.
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, Grades 4 - 8. 
  • The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children Of Ashton Place) by Maryrose Wood, Grades 4 - 8.
  • Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough, Grade 6 and up. 
  • Across The Universe by Beth Revis, Grades 9 - 12. 
  • The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, Grade 9 and up.
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Grade 9 and up.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Grade 9 and up. 
  • Far From The Tree by Robin Benway, Grade 9 and up.
  • No Saints In Kansas by Amy Brashear, Grade 9 and up.
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Grade 9 and up.
Elle Moxley covered education for KCUR.