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I Love Words + Pictures (4 Great Books on My Giving List)

Original Sisters: Portraits of Tenacity and Courage, by Anita Kunz, Super Sidekicks: No Adults Allowed + Super Sidekicks: Ocean’s Revenge, by Gavin Aung Than, and Stuntboy, in the Meantime, by Jason Reynolds

Our offices will soon be closed for a winter break. And I’m ready! I’m going to practice some serious self-care, filling the days with naps, walks, British mysteries, a shit ton of pickleball, and books. Lots of books. Here are four that I’m particularly loving—and gifting—this holiday season.

  • Stuntboy, in the Meantime, by Jason Reynolds and illustrated by Raúl the Third
    Speaking of those middle-grade readers: Jason Reynolds—the national ambassador for young people’s literature—is brilliant with this audience. And his latest, Stuntboy, which features a young superhero navigating the impending separation of his parents, is thoughtful, rooted in emotional intelligence and humor, and a great book to read together for any family looking to talk about divorce or anxiety with their kids. I’ve read it and listened to the audiobook—SO wonderful!