The best books for kids

Hudson Valley booksellers give you the scoop on the hottest page turners


The Clique

Your teen will be dying to catch up on all of the gossip this summer with Lisa Harrison's Clique series. Baby Grand Books also recommends Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems (for toddlers), The Lorax by Dr. Suess and Zen Ties by Jon Musse (for elementary school students). Baby Grand Books; 7 West St., Warwick. 845-986-6165.  

The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

This humorous story by local author Helen Lester will teach your K-3rd grader to feel comfortable in their own skin. Also recommended:  Little Toot by Hardy Gramatky (for toddlers) and the Warrior series by Eric Hunter (for adolescents). Book Cove; 22 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling. 845-855-9590.


Dark Day in the Deep Sea

The Magic Tree House
series by Mary Pope Osborne is full of fantastic excitement. Also recommended: Ladybug Girl by David Soman (for toddlers), Runemarks by Joanne Harris (for independent readers), and Battle for the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan.

Oblong Books & Music; 26 Main St., Millerton. 518-789-3797.


My Penguin Osbert boxed set

Not only is the book written by a local author, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel of Cold Spring, but the set includes a beautiful book and a cute stuffed penguin! Also recommended: Ivan the Terrier by Peter Catalanotto (for elementary readers), and The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St, Millbrook. 845-677-5857; 7496 South Broadway, Red Hook. 845-758-2665; 66 Main St., Cold Spring. 845-265-9100. 


For more great book suggestions from these local stores, go to “Keep kids reading this summer”.