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Great Gifts: Kids Books for Adults

Sometimes the Best Book for an Adult is One with Pictures

Looking for an inspiring gift? These might be written for kids, but they’re perfect for all ages.


For the idealist and the dreamer…

Abe Lincoln’s Dream
by Lane Smith

When a schoolgirl gets separated from her tour of the White House and finds herself in the Lincoln bedroom, she also discovers the ghost of the great man himself – and helps to ease his worries. For anyone who believes we’ve come a long way – and yet have further still to go.





The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
by Mordicai Gerstein

A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers. For anyone who loves New York City, and is fascinated by a tale of guerrilla ingenuity and remarkable skill.





For the Music and Art Lover…

Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum
by Robert Andrew Parker

Before Art Tatum became one of the most celebrated jazz pianists he was a boy in Toledo, Ohio. Born with severely limited vision, instead of playing outside he would stay inside playing the piano in the living room – until the day he started playing at the local bar.


When Pigasso Met Mootisse
by Nina Laden

Pigasso, a talented pig, and Mootisse, an artistic bull, are friends – but when they buy farms across the street from one another, conflict arises – resulting in a “modern art mess.”  A hilarious retelling of the real painters’ relationship, with Pigasso illustrated in cubist style, and Mootisse in impressionist style.



For the Reader who Loves a Hero…

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson ; illustrations by R. Gregory Christie

Born into slavery in 1838, Bass had a hard and violent life, but he also had a strong sense of right and wrong that others admired. When Judge Isac Parker tried to bring law and order to lawless Indian Territory, he chose Bass to be a deputy U.S. marshall.




The Cats in Krasinski Square
by Karen Hesse

Two Jewish sisters, escapees of the infamous Warsaw ghetto, devise a plan to thwart an attempt by the Gestapo to intercept food bound for starving people behind the dark Wall.



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