Perry Township School Libraries 

2018 Holiday Reading & Gift Ideas 

Books, Games & EdTech Toys for Ages Preschool through Adult 


Compiled for the Perry Township Community by School Librarians / Library Media Specialists 

- Janette Collins (SMS) - Tara Foor (SHS) - Leslie Preddy (PMMS) - Diane Turpen (PMHS) - 

and Jennifer Chance Cook (PTEC Technology Integration Specialist) 


Preschool - Early Elementary 


Frankie’s Magical Day: A First Book of Whimsical Words by Michael Romo (Preschool-any age English language learner): A story sharing Frankie’s day from wake-up to bedtime. Each 2-page spread includes the word for each everyday object depicted. 


Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex (Preschool-grade 1): In this humorous parody of the beloved classic, Goodnight Moon, the creatures have a goodnight ritual, as well. 


Red by Jed Alexander (Preschool-age 8): A beautifully illustrated 2-color wordless picture book taking a new spin on the classic fairy tale and the woodland creatures Little Red Riding Hood encounters throughout her journey. 


The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds (Preschool-grades 3): Like many, Jerome has a collection. Unlike many, Jerome collects words, but he doesn’t just collect words - he finds ways to share his powerful words with others. 


Hoot Owl Hoot by Peaceable Kingdom (ages 4+): Players work together to help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up. Children learn simple strategy and social development skills with no reading required. 


Duplo Steam Train by Lego (ages 2-5): This building set encourages learning through fun play and spatial thinking. The train moves using Push and Go action or an optional free app for remote control. 



Upper Elementary - Middle Grades



Spy School (book one) by Stuart Gibbs (grades 4-7): Ben has always wanted to escape his ordinary middle-school life to be a spy. When a James Bond lookalike wants Ben to enroll in the CIA’s top-secret Academy of Espionage, things begin to happen. 

The Stonekeeper (Amulet series, book one) by Kazu Kibuishi (grades 3-8): A graphic novel world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission. This is a very popular series! 

The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig (grades 3-6): Wherever she is, whatever the day, she only has one kind of thing to say. Just as cats go meow and cows go moo, the Truth Pixie can only say things that are true. A delightful story with a message.

The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories series, book one) by Chris Colfer (grades 3-6): Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change in this fast-paced adventure that combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. 

Spot It! by Asmodee (ages 7-11): Test your observational skills and hone your reflexes with Spot It!, a game of lightning-fast choices for a group of two to eight players. Enjoyable for all ages! 

Hall of Fame Kits by littleBits (ages 8+): Each of these four kits (Bubble Bot, Night Light, Crawly Creature, and Arcade Game) contains all of the Bits, instructions, and accessories to make two awesome inventions. Electronics have never been so easy! 



Middle School - High School 



Amazing Fantastic Incredible: a Marvelous Memoir by Stan Lee (grades 6-Adult): Comic book legend Stan Lee tells his life story from his childhood in Manhattan to working with military films to creating Marvel. 

For Everyone by Jason Reynolds (grades 6-Adult): Free verse poem-letter about frustrations and rewards of following your passion. Reaching dreams takes time and many struggles. 

It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah Schmitt (grades 6-9): RJ’s soul is accidentally collected by the Grim Reaper. Now she must navigate the afterlife to find a way back to mortality and prove she is worthy of a second chance despite her past failures. 

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (grades 8-Adult): Two teens in New York meet by chance and fall in love. Natasha is 12 hours from being deported and Daniel is on his way to an interview for Yale. Are they destined to be together? 

Not Parent Approved by Not Parent Approved (ages 8+): Despite its cheeky name, this game has won several family-friendly gaming awards. Fill in the blank fun in the style of Cards Against Humanity with content designed for teen and preteen players. 

Cue by Wonder Workshop (ages 10+): AI and machine learning take the coding robot to the next level. Cue is programmable with both Block-Based coding and JavaScript. Connects via Bluetooth to iOS, Android, Kindle, PC or Chromebook.



High School - Adult 



The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (grades 7-adult): They crossed paths on the bus for just eight minutes a day. One afternoon, a single reckless act left Sasha badly burned, Richard charged with two hate crimes & both teens in the international spotlight. 

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel by Hank Green (grades 11-adult): The debut novel from vlogger and brother of author John Green. A young graphic artist inspires worldwide hysteria when she accidentally makes first contact with an alien. 

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (grades 8-adult): The characters are all looking for a miracle, but the miracles of the Soria family are never what you expect. A beautifully written and deeply strange tale of magical realism. 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (grades 8-Adult): On the eve of entering an arranged marriage to escape an abusive father, Scarlet is lured by her sister Tella to attend Caraval, which turns out to be a magical and dangerous game. 

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten (grades 10-adult): These five mystery stories feature 88-year-old Maud, a woman with no family, no friends... and no qualms about a little murder. 

Escape Room: The Game by Spin Master Games (ages 16+): Bring the fun & excitement of an escape room into your home to play with friends and family! The box contains four different scenarios, including clues and props. Expansions available. 

MP Mini Delta 3D Printer by Monoprice (ages 13+): The new Mini Delta is auto-calibrated, has a heated bed, and can print with a variety of substances (including PLA and ABS). Priced right for beginners. Design and slicing software are available for free! Also great for upper elementary or middle school students working with adult supervision.


(Annotations written by Perry Township school librarians/ library media specialists or quoted and re-phrased from www.flr.follett.com & www.amazon.com ) 

Not every book is appropriate for every person. Use wisdom when choosing a book. Be sure to preview books for personal interest and family values.



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