Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Children's Books for October 2016  ›

Jon Klassen and "If You Give a Mouse" return this month, along with some lovingly illustrated and wordplay-rich books.
by Riffle Children's
6 books

Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Children's Books for September 2016  ›

Fall is here, and the books are plentiful! Books about stories, our first holiday books, and one very fluffy kitty feature on this month's picture book list.
by Riffle Children's
7 books
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  • The last installment in the beloved Penguin series should not be missed! The holidays may not always go the way we plan, but Penguin shows us, as he always does, that friends and heartfelt gestures are what truly matter.

  • What happens when one of Santa's elves stumbles upon the celebration of Hannukah? One wouldn't think these two would mesh well, but Shelf is a fun exploration of the Jewish holiday through the lens of magic the North Pole brings. That plus the diversity in the illustrations make this book a great addition to the growing list of Hannukah books - especially considering the two holidays happen simultaneously this year!

  • "A hop is up. A bend is down. A spin is round and round and round." A Hop is Up is a bouncy, fun work full of action words for kids to learn and enjoy as they follow a boy and his dog through their neighborhood.

  • We've had a lot of books that personify books, but not many that personify stories. This is an amazing overview of the history of the narrative, from cave paintings to words on a tablet screen, all with colorful pictures and an easy-to-follow narrative. I particularly appreciated how no form of story sharing was regarded as better than others - all stories and forms of storytelling are important.

  • A kitty so fluffy it floats - it's as funny and sweet as it sounds. As someone who owns a rather fluffy kitty, I loved this quite a bit, with illustrations are just as light and lovely as the cat himself. Papillon proves when you feel like you're lost and drifting, friendship keeps you grounded.

Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Children's Books for August 2016  ›

This month's new releases feature elephants, dragons, and all kinds of crazy creatures. Two tales of love and friendship round out the month of August, drawing summer to a close.
by Riffle Children's
7 books


This month's picture book releases play with old and new, with creatures fantastical and ordinary, and all with heart. Perfect starters for summer reading!
by Riffle Children's
5 books
  • Make Way for Readers was a great callback to classics like Make Way for Ducklings, Maurice Sendak, and many other picture books from the 60s-80s. It shows the power of reading in bringing people together, and how books are still tremendously important.

  • Ooko has an atypical art style that suits the perspective of the central character. Ooko the fox wants a friend. He think he's found potential ones in the "Debbies" (aka people) he observes. But when he tries to change himself for them, he is miserable. Real friends, the book shows, are those who enjoy the same activities. "To each his own," as the narrator, concludes.

  • Little Wing is a classic tale of testing strengths and boundaries told with dragons (because *everything* is better with dragons). Little Wing is trying very hard to fly, but can only manage to "Flip. Flap. Flop" his little wings, to his frustration. But when he does get airborne, his ignorance of his mother's warnings gets him in a scary situation. Finding the balance of freedom and safety is made fantastic.

  • A good mix of traditional and modern views of parenting. A young boy gets the sneaking suspicion his dad, a simple guy with tattooed arms, used to be in a rock band. The revelation that your parents used to have lives usually doesn't come until later, so this could lead to interesting parent-child conversations. It also gives a positive, realistic view of what fatherhood should be.

  • Who doesn't love Haunted Mansion? Whether you're prepping the kids for their first trip to Disney, or you've been a billion times, this new illustrated picture book captures the magic one of Disney's most famous attractions.


School is out! Go on new adventures with these awesome June releases.
by Riffle Middle Grade
10 books


June is busting out all over... with books! Back to school books, along with stories of friendships old and new make up this month's excellent new releases.
by Riffle Children's
9 books

Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Nonfiction Books for May, 2016  ›

Our favorite nonfiction picks for May, including history reads, business advice, Neil Gaiman's nonfiction musings, and overseas adventure.
by Riffle Nonfiction
7 books
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  • May 17. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information?

  • May 3. In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

  • May 31. An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing, and distinctive style. "[A] glorious love-letter to reading, to writing, to dreaming, to an entire genre.” – Junot Díaz

  • May 31. A powerful collection of essays on feminism, geek culture, and a writer's journey, from double Hugo Award-winning essayist and science fiction and fantasy novelist Kameron Hurley. "Kameron Hurley writes essays about feminism, geek culture, online discourse, and changing the world that piss people off, make them think, make them act. This is good stuff. Read it." – Kate Elliott, author of Black Wolves

  • May 10. From the New York Times bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower comes a surprising account of the middle years of the American Revolution, and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. "An engrossing narrative of the war’s most difficult years." – BookPage

Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Children's Books for May 2016  ›

May Day! May Day! This month's new releases celebrate individuality, freedom, and the people in our lives. Check out these excellent summer reads.
by Riffle Children's
10 books
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