I have always associated the holidays with books. (Okay, I associate A LOT of things with books!) As a kid, I would spend holiday vacations from school devouring as many books as I could before school resumed. I still have fond memories of curling up with a good book, while the smell of delicious food and the laughter of loved ones drifted by. As an adult, I miss having that leisurely time come December, but I still try to make time for reading and for sharing books with those I love.

If you are thinking about gifting books to someone in your life for the holidays - or just for the pure enjoyment of reading - here are some top choices for kids book released in 2017. Check out some of my favorites from the year below, too. Happy reading to you and yours!

NPR's Guide to 2017's Great Reads- Kid's Books

The New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2017

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children's Books 2017

Publishers Weekly Best Children's and YA Books 2017

School Library Journal's Best of 2017


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