Bookstore Kids Favorites

The staff kiddos of Gibson's Bookstore share some of their favorite books!

Featuring picks from:

  • Calvin, age 7
  • Nova, age 7
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Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger 1) By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781643750057
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

Learn how Skunk and Badger first became roommates before embarking on their latest adventure, Egg Marks the Spot, now on sale!

Best Book of 2020: People * Kirkus Reviews Booklist  * School Library Journal * Publishers Weekly * Shelf Awareness for Readers * New York Public Library *


Nick and Nack Fly a Kite (Highlights Puzzle Readers) By Brandon Budzi, Adam Record (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brandon Budzi, Adam Record (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781644721124
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Highlights Press - April 7th, 2020

Stories + Puzzles = Reading Success! Highlights Puzzle Readers offer an innovative approach to learning to read that integrates puzzles and stories to develop motivated, confident readers.


Magic Tree House Books 1-4 Boxed Set (Magic Tree House (R)) By Mary Pope Osborne Cover Image
$23.96
ISBN: 9780375813658
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 29th, 2001

Magic. Mystery. Time-travel. Get whisked back in time in the magic tree house with Jack and Annie in this boxed set featuring books 1-4 of the #1 bestselling chapter book series!


Waiting Is Not Easy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) (Elephant and Piggie Book, An) By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423199571
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hyperion Books for Children - November 4th, 2014

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more...


Days with Frog and Toad (I Can Read Level 2) By Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780064440585
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - February 3rd, 2004

Frog and Toad enjoy spending their days together. They fly kites, celebrate Toad's birthday, and share the shivers when Frog tells a scary story. Most of all, they have fun together—every day of the year.


Pete the Kitty and the Unicorn's Missing Colors (My First I Can Read) By James Dean, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean Cover Image
By James Dean, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean
$4.99
ISBN: 9780062868459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - July 7th, 2020

A magical unicorn adventure from New York Times bestselling creators Kimberly and James Dean!


Fox versus Winter (My First I Can Read) By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780062977045
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Published: Balzer + Bray - November 3rd, 2020

Fun-loving, mischievous Fox—the hilarious trickster character featured in Geisel Award–winning Fox the Tiger—goes up against a surprising foe!

Fox does not like winter. None of his friends are around to play. He is bored and alone. Then Fox has an idea. If he cannot escape winter, he will fight it!


Biscuit Goes to School (My First I Can Read) By Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Pat Schories (Illustrator) Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780064436168
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - July 1st, 2003

Go back to school with Biscuit and share the love of reading with your beginner reader! 

Biscuit can't wait to go to school! Even though no dogs are allowed, he is determined to see and do everything that takes place at school. But what will happen when the teacher discovers a puppy in the classroom?


Click, Clack, Moo/Ready-to-Read Level 2: Cows That Type (A Click Clack Book) By Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781481465403
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Spotlight - December 13th, 2016

Now the inspiration for a new Christmas special, CLICK, CLACK, MOO: Christmas on the Farm.

New York Times bestselling duo Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s Caldecott Honor–winning book is now available as a Level 2 Ready-to-Read!


Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type.


Space Cows: Ready-to-Read Pre-Level 1 By Eric Seltzer, Tom Disbury (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eric Seltzer, Tom Disbury (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781534428751
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Spotlight - August 28th, 2018

Cows in space: What’s not to love? This Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read is all about space cows and the wacky and fun things they do!

Space cows fly high. Space cows fly low.
Space cows dance three in a row.
Space cows are green.


Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780061929571
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 28th, 2010

Trixie and her family are off on a fantastic trip to visit her grandparents—all the way to Holland! But does Knuffle Bunny have different travel plans?


How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Grow Your Heart Edition: Grow Your Heart 3-D Cover Edition By Dr. Seuss Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781524714611
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 19th, 2017

Grow your heart three sizes and get in on all of the Grinch-mas cheer with this special edition of the beloved holiday classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, featuring a 3-D cover that allows you to actually SEE the magic of the holiday season as the Grinch's heart grows and grows!


Unicorns Are the Worst! (The Worst Series) By Alex Willan, Alex Willan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alex Willan, Alex Willan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534453838
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

Perfect for fans of Dragons Love Tacos and Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, this wildly funny and imaginative picture book celebrates the value of differences as a grumpy goblin gets to know his new unicorn neighbors.

It’s an undeniable fact that unicorns are the worst!

Magic is serious business, but all unicorns do is frolic around, have tea partie


If I Built a Car (If I Built Series) By Chris Van Dusen Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142408254
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Published: Puffin Books - June 14th, 2007

With energetic rhyme and action-packed artwork to match, If I Built a Car sure to fuel any young inventor with big plans and grand imaginations. 


Robo-Sauce By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525428879
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - October 20th, 2015

Fans of the best-selling Dragons Love Tacos will devour Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri’s newest story, a hilarious picture book about robots that magically transforms into a super shiny metal ROBO-BOOK.


Little Blue Truck Lap Board Book By Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780544056855
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - March 3rd, 2015

Beep! Beep! Meet Blue! Filled with truck sounds and animal noises, Little Blue Truck is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.

A muddy country road is no match for this little pick-up—that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck.


The Bad Mood and the Stick By Lemony Snicket, Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316392785
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

New York Times bestselling author Lemony Snicket sheds light on the way bad moods come and go.

Once there was a bad mood and a stick.

The stick appeared when a tree dropped it.

Where did the bad mood come from?

Who picked up the stick?

And where is the bad mood off to now?

You never know what is going to happen.


The Bad Seed (The Food Group) By Jory John, Pete Oswald (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jory John, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062467768
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - August 29th, 2017

A New York Times bestseller!

This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know?


Maddi's Fridge By Lois Brandt, Vin Vogel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lois Brandt, Vin Vogel (Illustrator)
$17.95
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ISBN: 9781936261291
Published: Flashlight Press - September 1st, 2014

Winner of:
2014 Christopher Award, Books for Young People
2014 ILA Primary Fiction Award
2015 MLA Mitten Award Honor
Human Rights in Children's Literature Honor


With humor and warmth, this children’s picture book raises awareness about poverty and hunger

Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the sam


Skippyjon Jones By Judy Schachner, Judy Schachner (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Judy Schachner, Judy Schachner (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142404034
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - April 7th, 2005

Holy guacamole! Meet the #1 New York Times bestselling Skippyjon Jones!


Green Eggs and Ham (Beginner Books(R)) By Dr. Seuss Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780394800165
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers -

Join in the fun with Sam-I-Am in this iconic classic by Dr. Seuss that will have readers of all ages craving Green Eggs and Ham! This is a beloved classic from the bestselling author of Horton Hears a Who!, The Lorax, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go!


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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow By Jessica Townsend Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316508896
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.


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Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #2) By Jessica Townsend Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316508926
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 12th, 2019

The captivating and heart-pounding sequel to the New York Times bestselling and #1 Kids' Indie Next Pick Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, as heroine Morrigan battles a new evil.


Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #3) By Jessica Townsend Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316508957
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 27th, 2020

From a New York Times bestselling author: our beloved heroine battles a new evil as a strange, frightening illness takes hold of Nevermoor in this captivating and heart-pounding tale. Morrigan Crow and her friends have survived their first year as proud scholars of the elite Wundrous Society, helped bring down the nefarious Ghastly Market, and proven themselves loyal to Unit 919


Mistborn: The Final Empire (The Mistborn Saga #1) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250318541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Fantasy - September 24th, 2019

Now with over 10 million copies sold, The Mistborn Series has the thrills of a heist story, the twistiness of political intrigue, and the epic scale of a landmark fantasy saga.


Rick Riordan Presents Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 1) By Kwame Mbalia Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781368042413
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 22nd, 2020

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Kwame Mbalia's epic fantasy, a middle grade American Gods set in a richly-imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods.


Skyward (The Skyward Series #1) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780399555800
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Published: Ember - October 8th, 2019

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the Mistborn trilogy comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.


Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442472433
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021)

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has eve


Into the Pit: An AFK Book (Five Nights at Freddy’s: Fazbear Frights #1) (Five Nights At Freddy's #1) By Scott Cawthon, Elley Cooper Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781338576016
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - December 26th, 2019

Five Nights at Freddy's fans won't want to miss this pulse-pounding collection of three novella-length tales that will keep even the bravest player up at night . . .

What do you wish for most? It's a question that Oswald, Sarah, and Millie think they know the answer to.


Eragon: Book I (The Inheritance Cycle #1) By Christopher Paolini Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780375826696
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2005

A new adventure hatches in Book One of the Inheritance Cycle, perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings! This New York Times bestselling series has sold over 40 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation. 

"Christopher Paolini is a true rarity." —The Washington Post


The Last Mirror on the Left (A Legendary Alston Boys Adventure) By Lamar Giles, Dapo Adeola (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lamar Giles, Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358129417
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Published: Versify - October 20th, 2020

In The Last Mirror on the Left, the second Legendary Alston Boys mystery from Edgar Award nominee Lamar Giles, Otto and Sheed must embark on their most dangerous journey yet, bringing a fugitive to justice in a world that mirrors their own but has its own rules to play by.


The Midnight Hour By Benjamin Read, Laura Trinder Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338569094
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chicken House - March 3rd, 2020

For fans of portal fantasies like Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor, Colin Meloy's Wildwood, and The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, and unlike so many other fantasies that introduce readers to a world of enchantment and wonder, The Midnight Hour is one filled with beasts and monsters for readers looking to shine their flashlights under the covers.


Contagion By Erin Bowman Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062574169
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Published: HarperTeen - June 4th, 2019

Edgar Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Mystery

Perfect for fans of Madeleine Roux, Jonathan Maberry, and horror films like 28 Days Later and Resident Evil, this pulse-pounding, hair-raising, utterly terrifying novel is the first in a duology from the critically acclaimed author of the Taken trilogy.


Allies By Alan Gratz Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245721
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 15th, 2019

A New York Times bestseller!Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee, weaves a stunning array of voices and stories into an epic tale of teamwork in the face of tyranny -- and how just one day can change the world.

June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe, on their evil quest to conquer the world. The only way to stop them?


Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1) By Jeff Kinney Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419741852
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 1st, 2007

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New Kid By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature! 


Coraline 10th Anniversary Edition By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780380807345
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Published: HarperCollins - April 24th, 2012

This edition of New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman’s modern classic, Coraline—also an Academy Award-nominated film—is enriched with a foreword from the author, a reader's guide, and more.