Women's history books for tweens and teens focus on the bicycle and heroes of World War II.
Two fascinating books chronicle Jim Crow segregation and modern African-American achievers, as told by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
"Achingly funny" novel of a New Deal town is named the past year's best children's book. "A Ball for Daisy" wins the Caldecott Medal.
In January we look forward to better times, but these kids' books also look back, in different ways, at poetry, art and African American history.
The Horn Book Magazine has published its Fanfare List of the top kids books published in the past year.
Parents can help kids find books that match their interests and reading level.
New books for kids revisit The Odyssey, nursery rhymes, the Phantom Tollbooth and Houdini.
To prepare for the 2012 Olympics, kids can read a London guidebook, a history of Britain or (for the trans-Atlantic flight), a new collection of Dr. Seuss poems.