New Kids' Books Just in Time for Thanksgiving Break

Cat vs. aliens, science-savvy mystery solvers, and a controversial conclusion to the "Divergent" trilogy give kids of all ages something to chew on. By Regan McMahon
New Kids' Books Just in Time for Thanksgiving Break

Finding the right book for your kid can be a challenge. But if you guess right and keep new ones coming, you may be on your way to raising a lifelong reader.

Check out our Essential Books for Kids and Teens guide to find more than 150 of our perennial favorites. Plus, every month we highlight a few books for different ages -- some exceptional titles that could be the perfect thing to pique your kid's interest, get your reader hooked on a new author, or rediscover an old favorite.

Here are our picks for November:

  • For kids age 3 to 7, there's Mr. Wuffles!, a wildly original picture book by Caldecott Honor-winning author David Weisner (Art & Max, Flotsam) that pits a housecat against tiny aliens who've landed in his living room in a miniature spaceship. The nearly wordless adventure mixes full-page illustrations with graphic novel-style panels to tell the story, as the aliens team up with some insects their size to get their ship back in working order and return home. With lots of humor and clever sci-fi touches, it makes for a great read-together experience.
  • For readers age 9 to 12, check out Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself, by Science Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith. It's a mystery, adventure, and activity book in one, featuring science-savvy 11-year-old twins Nick and Tesla, who are sent to spend the summer with their mad-scientist uncle Newt and use their creativity and scientific knowledge to protect themselves, get out of scrapes, and solve a big mystery. Step-by-step instructions on how to build the projects the twins make are included.
  • For teens age 13 to 17, there's Allegiant, the controversial final installment in Veronica Roth's hugely popular dystopian Divergent trilogy. Here, protagonist Tris and her love interest, Tobias, aka Four, learn things about their world that reveal they're up against more than the rival factions they've faced in the first two books. The emotional conclusion already has the Internet buzzing. Avoid reading spoilers if you can. You won't find them in our review!

For more suggestions, check out our top-picks lists, including Books Like the Hunger Games, Award-Winning Books, and Chapter Books: New York Times Bestsellers.

About Regan McMahon

Regan has been reviewing children's books for more than a decade. A journalist and former book editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, she cites as one of her toughest assignments having to read and review the 784-page... Read more

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Kid, 12 years old

I almost never read children's books like these, if I'm interested in reading something, I'm going to pick up a Stephen King novel or something by Chuck Palahniuk.

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